Structural Features

Why do some timber-frame houses have their beams exposed while others don’t?

2018-10-06T14:42:03+00:00 October 6th, 2018|Categories: Structural Features|

Half timbering is an English phrase originating from an 1820s novel and is used to describe a load bearing wood frame, exposed externally, with infill panels. Romanticism aside, it is entirely likely that many of the oldest cruck framed properties or aisled halls were left in that state through necessity, lack of skill, shortage of [...]

Oil Storage and Safety

2018-05-11T16:44:08+00:00 May 2nd, 2018|Categories: Structural Features|

It is still common, especially in rural areas, to discover old, single-skin, metal oil storage tanks in at-risk locations such as close to garaging or in outhouses. Bearing in mind that oil tanks are expected to have an economic working life of about twenty years, these older tanks can now present a significant risk. The [...]

Dealing with a damp cellar!

2018-01-24T15:59:03+00:00 January 24th, 2018|Categories: Structural Features|

Water is the prime cause of most cellar problems and in winter this can be uncomfortably obvious. In many unconverted cellars, the evidence of excessive water penetration is all too evident from discolouration, mould, plant growth and rot - or a combination of all four! When water is penetrating where things once seemed dry, one [...]

Enjoying the Benefits of Solar Energy

2017-07-03T11:27:22+00:00 July 3rd, 2017|Categories: Structural Features|

With the current spell of fine summer weather, many people are looking closely at the merits of solar panels for reducing household energy bills. Potentially, the cost savings can be quite significant over the life of the panels - 25 years or more - but various factors need to be considered before installing them. Most [...]