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Breathing New Life into Old Homes with Retrofit

Posted: 30 January 2024

Phew, this week has been a whirlwind! But before I get sucked back into the vortex of deadlines, let me share a cool find from a recent site visit. 

Just a bit of stone?

 

 

 

 

 

See this beauty? It’s a corbel stone block, proper name is a ‘kneeler’, perched proudly at roof level on a project we just started. It’s part of an old house, and I’m a sucker for these unique details you only get in historical gems. Sure, they add a layer of complexity when it comes to drawing stuff, but that character is worth the extra effort. 

Speaking of complexity, this project throws a whole new challenge our way. Solid walls, lots of stone – sounds charming, right? Well, the previous owners, bless their hearts, weren’t big fans of “breathable” materials. The result? A damp, chilly house that needs some serious TLC. 

Bringing new life to old buildings, the right way

That’s where we come in. We’re talking a sensitive retrofit, using materials that let the house breathe again. Think cozy, dry, and warm – a complete 180 from its current state. 

But revamping historical buildings takes special skills. That’s why I’m currently diving into the PAS 2035 Level 3 Award in Energy Efficiency for Older and Traditional Buildings. I stumbled upon it on the AECB website (check them out, they’re awesome!), and with more and more of our projects leaning towards the historical side, it felt like a perfect fit. Plus, most of it’s funded by the government, which is always a win! 

Honestly, retrofitting is booming. People are more aware and passionate about doing right by these old beauties. We’re seeing a surge in inquiries, all focused on one thing: bringing new life to old buildings, the right way. And that’s a movement I’m excited to be a part of. 

Thinking of upgrading?

So, what about you? Are you considering giving your old home a sustainable makeover? Send me a message and let’s chat about how we can breathe new life into your historical gem! 

If you’re bouncing around ideas, or if you’re ready to…

...start your project, or anything in between - please do get in touch and we can kick things off with a chat.

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