Period Property Manual: Care and repair of old houses (Haynes Manual) Hardcover – 7 Jun 2012
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About the Author
Ian Alistair Rock is a chartered surveyor and the author of several popular Haynes House Manuals. After witnessing the neglect and unnecessary destruction of historic buildings in the late 1980s, Ian was inspired to start his own business to secure their future through repair, conservation and conversion. Today he is the director of a residential surveying consultancy, (recently advising Channel 4 on their Blitz Street TV series with Tony Robinson), and a well-known speaker at property conferences.
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We actually changed some of the materials we were going to use after reading about the damage that modern cement and some paints can do to old buildings.
Unlike a lot of books on this subject that are worthy but dull, the text is written in a user-friendly way and the illustrations and use of good colour photos really help make complex subjects clear. It rightly promotes traditional solutions, so you should at least come away with a good basic knowledge of traditional building crafts and repairs.
There's a number of classic Haynes manual step by step features that take you thru all the stages for repair jobs like pointing brick and stone walls, mixing lime mortar, lime plastering, limewashing etc, even replacing a solid floor. Purists might object to the way it sometimes weaves in curious historical facts with the 'how to' stuff but that makes it intresting reading.
If you don't want to crack on with these jobs yourself it gives a very good idea as to what the builders should be doing. I would recommend this book - it's well written and easy to follow covering most of the main areas that you would expect in a lot of detail.
instructive and informative, but only on a very general level. It is perhaps over-ambititous to call it a 'manual'.
Because the book is linked to the famous name of 'Haynes',
long associated with car repair manuals, the expectations
of the purchaser are pitched at a certain level. Those expectations may not met by the product.
And product it is - much of the content is pictoral and
covers such a wide range of property types from stone to timber frame that the reader is left wondering how useful the book has actually been to their own individual period property. Haynes manuals are primarily aimed at the DIY
market and therein lies the rub - will the book help you to
'care (for) and repair old houses'? The answer is that it will give you a useful nudge in the right direction and it will help you talk to builders and carpenters about how repairs should be done and make you sound knowledgeable - but only up to a point.
So who should buy this book? My suggestion is that it will be of enormous help for those buying a period property for the first time - and this is especially true if the property is a timber-framed house - or DIY builders looking for hints and tips. It will also be useful for those embarking on contact with local authority 'conservation officers' whose job it is to ensure that inappropriate building methods and materials are not used in the renovation process.
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Modern techniques applied to old houses cause worse problems and much of what we are doing is correcting past mistakes which have caused damp.
If nothing else, this book will help you find the correct tradesmen for the job.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Really found this book very useful. A very good resource. Well written.Published 22 days ago by Affairs, (the band) fan.
Found this incredibly useful when applying for consent for works on my grade 2 listed property.Published 1 month ago by K. Hughes
Just what I needed to beat the planning officer over the head with. If you own an old house with solid walls you need to read this book.Published 4 months ago by Bookworm
Excellent book, we're currently restoring a Georgian townhouse and this book has already been a great source of information. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Panda
We found this very interesting and informative whilst we were restoring our Tudor cottagePublished 9 months ago by g j collier