Owning an historic building brings with it a responsibility, a responsibility to care for and maintain a building of importance so it can be passed onto future generations.
Maintaining and repairing an historic building requires a sympathetic approach to its care and an understanding of how buildings were constructed, how they may have been adapted and how they decay.
Compared to traditional structures modern buildings are built using different techniques, different materials and built to different standards.
Old buildings and structures need to “breathe”. 20th century products such as cement, gypsum and damp proofing materials can have a negative long-lasting effect on the breathability of structures that can, in time, lead to damp penetration and associated problems. Therefore, it is crucial that “like for like” materials and methods are employed when considering conserving and repairing historic fabric.
It is generally better to do nothing than do the wrong thing!
When considering any work to an historic building its extremely important to evaluate the long term needs of the building rather than any short-term gain from using inappropriate repairs.
David Sleight Conservation has recently carried out the following surveys and reports.
Castle Ashby House Northamptonshire
A survey was carried out of the external stonework of this Grade I historic house to ascertain its condition, structural stability and provide a maintenance programme for future repairs.
Grange Court Chigwell Essex
For the architects BB Partnership a report on the condition of the brickwork of this Grade II* building was carried out to analysis defects, provide a mortar analysis and to recommendation “best practice “ for repairs.
St Nicholas Church Kenilworth
The PCC were concerned about the friability of the sandstone on the west elevation of the church tower. So the elevation was defrassed and inspected via a platform access and a report on the stone’s condition provided to the church.
The White House Tamworth Church Street Tamworth
The lath an plaster ceilings on the first and second floors were inspected from within the roof space to ensure the plaster and the laths were in a sound and stable condition.
The Green Hardingstone Northamptonshire
At the request of the owners a survey was carried out of the external masonry to identify necessary repairs and provide a schedule for carrying repairs.
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