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Conservation, Restoration and Renovation

This page features conservation and restoration of historic buildings. With a huge stock of old houses in the UK, inevitably many more people undertake projects to do up old buildings. To find out more about the impact of climate change and old houses, have a look at the website run by English Heritage entitled Climate Change and Your Home -this interactive site gives owners of traditionally built houses information on the potential impacts of climate changes plus guidance on ways to reduce the impact of your property.
See also statutory regulations for information on the law and listed buildings.

  • Architectural Salvage -our listing of reclamation and salvage yards.
  • Architects Accredited in Building Conservation -RIBA listing of knowledgeable and experienced in the conservation of historic buildings.
  • Bathhouse Restoration -suppliers of original period reclaimed furnishings and fittings. They offer a full supporting restoration and reconditioning service specialising in antique bathroom and kitchen furnishings.
  • Books on renovating your home
  • -online information centre for the conservation and restoration of historic buildings, churches and garden landscapes -some useful articles.
  • Conservation Glossary -explanation of hundreds of conservation terms from Dundee University.
  • Chez Jallot -web account and diary of the refurbishment of a manor house in central France that was filmed by Channel 4's Grand Designs in 2004.
  • Dickensons Period House Shops-a family run group of three shopsbased in the Midlands and Welsh-border County of Shropshire in England that grew out of an architectural salvage business -where possible, local crafts people are used to source authentic replicas of the 'right' period details necessary to complete a restoration project.
  • English Heritage -the national body charged with the protection of the historic environment.
  • Georgian Group -campaigns against the neglect, maltreatment and destruction of Georgian buildings, parks and gardens in England and Wales. It publishes advisory leaflets on subjects ranging from fireplaces to ironwork.
  • Landmark Trust -independent UK building preservation charity which was founded in 1965 to rescue worthwhile historic buildings from neglect, and then to restore and let them for holidays.
  • Listed Property Owners Club - Practical information on property maintenance, grants, legal advice and more from listed-building experts.
  • Old House Store -builders merchant for traditional and ecological materials -from brick, flint and cob to oak and chestnut battens and laths.
  • Our Victorian House -a personal account and virtual tour of a restoration project in Kirkaldy.
  • Pavilions of Splendour -a site for owners of listed buildings.
  • Period Property UK -nicely laid out site with numerous articles related to period properties.
  • RenovateAlerts -searches the internet and finds around 5000 suitable properties across the UK each month. Subscribe to RenovateAlerts and you'll receive regular up-to-date lists of the latest properties available in your chosen areas.
  • Safeguard -damp proofing, basement and cellar waterproofing, dry rot and woodworm treatment.
  • SalvoWEB -site devoted to Architectural Antiques, Antique Garden Ornament, Reclaimed Building Materials and Architectural Salvage, with links to many dealers in UK, Ireland, France & USA.
  • SPAB -Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings -founded by William Morris in 1877 to counteract the destructive 'restoration' of medieval buildings.
  • Stuart Interiors designers for georgian interiors, medieval interiors, tudor
    interiors, stuart interiors, staircase design, medieval bed and elizabethan
  • Twentieth Century Society -aims to safeguard the heritage of architecture and design in Britain from 1914 onwards.
  • -loft living.
  • Victorian Society -national society responsible for the study and protection of Victorian and Edwardian architecture and other arts.

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