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The dating of historic houses by tree rings

Dating a building is generally undertaken by identifying architectural details that indicate the period when buildings of that style were being constructed. This will provide a date range when the building is likely to have been built. (read more...)



Extension to Grade II Regency villa

The handsome Grade II listed villa occupies a quiet location on the edge of a Gloucestershire town. Commanding sweeping views over its own formal gardens, the building is a fine example of Regency architecture. (read more...)



Works to 17th Century cob and thatch barn nearing completion

In October of 2018 we posted a blog about the repair and conversion of a 17th Century cob and thatch barn which had historically been allowed to fall into a poor and neglected state. The owners of the property, which forms part of a courtyard of buildings, wanted to protect the barn from further decay and incorporate it into their... (read more...)


Trial repairs at rare Italianate Garden complete

You may recall a blog we posted in September 2018 on the trial repairs we undertook at a rare Italianate Garden at Lupton House in Brixham. Trial repair approaches were completed by specialist conservation contractors Williams & Burrows. (read more...)



What is a Passivhaus?

Passivhaus is a term used to describe a building which meets the stringent criteria set out by the Passivhaus Institute in Darmstadt, Germany. The Passivhaus Institute was set up by Prof. Dr Wolfgang Feist in 1996 to create a standard for energy efficient buildings. Passivhaus buildings are constructed using materials and techniques to create an airtight and highly insulated building. (read more...)