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Building Conservation Section
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Interior timber treatment. Spacer In Britain people’s passion for their homes knows no bounds – especially if they are period houses with an interesting history. One of my enthusiasms is vernacular architecture, and I have written about building conservation issues for newspapers, magazines and periodicals. I have lived in a listed thatched 17th century cottage in the Vale of White Horse in Oxfordshire for more than 30 years, and over this time have undertaken most tasks involved in its restoration.
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One of my specialities is advising my readers on sourcing the materials and craftspeople they need to carry out the job. Others include thatch – its various forms, maintenance and replacement – and how to improve and extend your period house without altering its basic character.
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Project nearing completion. Spacer Specific aspects of building conservation I have written about include damp and its cure, historic floors, the many forms of earth construction, lime plasters and renders, matching mortars, wattle and daub, traditional fireplaces, matching flintwork, traditional weatherboarding, hand-made clay rooftiles, traditional stone roofing and many other topics.
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Many of these have appeared in appear Homebuilding and Renovating magazine. From 1998 to 2004 I was responsible for the monthly Character Building column and I continue to contribute monthly articles on elements of traditional domestic architecture, new self-builds and period house restoration projects to this popular magazine. In addition I write for its sister publication Move or Improve and contribute articles on restored period properties to the weekend property pages of the Financial Times and occasionally to Country Life and to Period Living magazine.
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Interior Timber Renovation.
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Some examples of the monthly articles I have written can be viewed using the links below:
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Magazine Articles
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Precious Memories – And A Cosy Home To Retire To
written for Listed Heritage Magazine
November/December 2017
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The Châtelaine’s Story
written for Listed Heritage Magazine
September/October 2017
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History And Mystery: Getting To Grips With Your House’s Past
written for Listed Heritage Magazine
July/August 2017
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Buying A Listed Property?
written for Listed Heritage Magazine
May/June 2017
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It’s ‘Back To School’ For Seasoned Renovators
written for Listed Heritage Magazine
March/April 2017
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Me And My Listed House
written for Listed Heritage Magazine
January/February 2017
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Forty Years Of Transforming A Sixties Bodge
written for Listed Heritage Magazine
September/October 2016
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Owning And Living In A Georgian House
written for Listed Heritage Magazine
May/June 2016
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Cracking The Mysteries Of Coade
written for Listed Heritage Magazine
January/February 2016
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Me And My Listed House
written for Listed Heritage Magazine
November/December 2015
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The Enterprising Upcyclers
written for Listed Heritage Magazine
September/October 2015
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Me And My Listed House
written for Listed Heritage Magazine
July/August 2015
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Rescuing An Ancient Treasure
written for Listed Heritage Magazine
May/June 2015
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The Job That Was Thought Impossible
written for Listed Heritage Magazine
March/April 2015
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How Loving Care Paid Off
written for Listed Heritage Magazine
January/February 2015
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Battling Against The Sands Of Time
written for Listed Heritage Magazine
November/December 2014
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Advice From The Brick Face
written for Listed Heritage Magazine
July/August 2014
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A Listed Brick House?
written for Listed Heritage Magazine
July/August 2014
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The Rich History Of Bricks
written for Homebuilding & Renovating Magazine
June 2014
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The Old House Doctor
written for Listed Heritage Magazine
March/April 2014
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The Complete Guide To Listed Homes
written for Homebuilding & Renovating Magazine
February 2014
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From Acorns Grow
written for Homebuilding & Renovating Magazine
September 2013
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Eco–retrofitting
written for Listed Heritage Magazine
July/August 2013
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England’s Housing Heritage – A Regional Guide
written for Homebuilding & Renovating Magazine
May 2013
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Rosy In The Garden
written for Homebuilding & Renovating Magazine
May 2013
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Unravelling The Delights Of A Period Gem
written for Listed Heritage Magazine
May/June 2013
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Vernacular vs. Polite – Getting Traditional Style Right
written for Homebuilding & Renovating Magazine
April 2013
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The Perfect Blend
written for Homebuilding & Renovating Magazine
April 2013
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Walnut Tree Cottage
written for Listed Heritage Magazine
March/April 2013
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When A Plan Comes Good...
written for Listed Heritage Magazine
January/February 2013
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A Hymn To The Arts & Crafts Movement
written for Listed Heritage Magazine
November/December 2012
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The Perfect Job – But At A Price
written for Listed Heritage Magazine
July/August 2012
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Genius At Work
written for Homebuilding & Renovating Magazine
August 2012
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It Pays To Do Your Homework...
written for Listed Heritage Magazine
May/June 2012
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History, Mystery – And Georgian Splendour
written for Listed Heritage Magazine
March/April 2012
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From The Ashes
written for Homebuilding & Renovating Magazine
February 2012
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Barn Building With A Happy Ending
written for Listed Heritage Magazine
January/February 2012
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A Gentle Process Of Improvement
written for Listed Heritage Magazine
November/December 2011
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Home On The Hillside
written for Homebuilding & Renovating Magazine
November 2011
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A Steep Learning Curve
written for Homebuilding & Renovating Magazine
November 2011
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A Labour Of Love – From Afar
written for Listed Heritage Magazine
September/October 2011
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Listed Living – On Stilts!
written for Listed Heritage Magazine
July/August 2011
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The Cedar House
written for Homebuilding & Renovating Magazine
June 2011
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Crazy, Eccentric And ... Wonderful!
written for Listed Heritage Magazine
May/June 2011
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The Ultimate Wendy House
written for Listed Heritage Magazine
March/April 2011
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The Joy Of Old Houses
written for Listed Heritage Magazine
November/December 2010
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A Brand New Barn
written for Homebuilding & Renovating Magazine
November 2010
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The New Counting House
written for Homebuilding & Renovating Magazine
November 2010
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A Model Barn Conversion
written for Listed Heritage Magazine
September/October 2010
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Cottage Comfort – Eco–style
written for Listed Heritage Magazine
July/August 2010
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A Five Year Labour Of Love
written for Listed Heritage Magazine
May/June 2010
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Return To Grace
written for Homebuilding & Renovating Magazine
May 2010
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A Low Profile
written for Homebuilding & Renovating Magazine
April 2010
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An Eye For The Vernacular
written for Listed Heritage Magazine
March/April 2010
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A New Direction
written for Homebuilding & Renovating Magazine
March 2010
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Getting Stuck In
written for Listed Heritage Magazine
January/February 2010
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Miracle Of Modernisation
written for Homebuilding & Renovating Magazine
December 2009
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Dukes Restoration
written for Listed Heritage Magazine
November/December 2009
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Heart Of The Country
written for Homebuilding & Renovating Magazine
November 2009
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One Man’s Masterpiece
written for Homebuilding & Renovating Magazine
October 2009
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From Across The Pond
written for Homebuilding & Renovating Magazine
August 2009
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Getting The Right Pitch
written for Homebuilding & Renovating Magazine
June 2009
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A One–Man Heritage Mission
written for Listed Heritage Magazine
May/June 2009
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We Converted Four Period Cottages Into
One Home On A DIY Basis

written for Homebuilding & Renovating Magazine
April 2009
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Positioning Windows
written for Homebuilding & Renovating Magazine
March 2009
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We’ve Built A Sustainable Home On A Budget
written for Homebuilding & Renovating Magazine
March 2009
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We Transformed A Run–Down Cottage
written for Homebuilding & Renovating Magazine
February 2009
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TV Expert Brings Old Timber–Framed Gem
Back To Life

written for Listed Heritage Magazine
January/February 2009
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Cob Makes A Comeback
written for Country Life Magazine
September 2008
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New Classical Houses In An English Arcadia
written for Country Life Magazine
July 2007
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Rescue Mission
written for Homebuilding & Renovating Magazine
April 2007
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Change Of Plan
written for Move Or Improve Magazine
December 2006
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Metal Windows
written for Homebuilding & Renovating Magazine
August 2006
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New Uses For Concrete
written for Homebuilding & Renovating Magazine
July 2006
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Restoring Fireplaces
written for Move Or Improve Magazine
May 2006
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If You Want To Make A Mark, Do It Yourself
written for the Financial Times
29 April 2006
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Restoration Diary
written for Period House Magazine
September 2005
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When An Englishman’s Castle Is His Home
written for the Financial Times
8 August 2005
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Old Beams In New Places
written for the Financial Times
30 July 2005
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Timber-Framing Brought To Book
written for Thatched Living Magazine
Issue 38 2003
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