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A thorough 'no nonsense' guide,
This review is from: The Victorian House Manual (Hardcover)As a Building Conservation Officer with many years' experience inspecting the renovation and extendion of older properties, I thought this Haynes manual gets the balance about right between conservation of older buildings, restoration of original features and sympathetic repair to make them into 'liveable' modern dwellings.
I particularly like the very detailed lists at the end of each chapter showing the probable causes of defects found in each part of the house and how to solve them. I disagree with your earlier reviewer as the book does seem to clearly stress an important point, namely that true rising damp and active woodworm are extremely rare, indeed it lists all the other likely causes, suggesting that injected dpc's should be a last resort. It also advises the sympathetic use of lime mortar, and the importance of good ventilation to floors and roofs etc.
The photos and reproduction are of a 'coffee table book' quality.
The book does cover the history of construction but dispenses with the usual stuff about social & economic history, wallpapers,ceramics and fabrics of the era that are found in other books. A pretty detailed 'no nonsense' guide that my colleagues keep borrowing!