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MAINTAINING AN HISTORIC BUILDING

I LIVE IN A TWO STOREY TRADITIONALLY BUILT HOUSE OF THE LATE SEVENTEENTH OR EARLY EIGHTEENTH CENTURY THAT IS LISTED AS GRADE II. THE WALLS ARE SOLIDLY BUILT AND THE FLOORS ARE A MIXTURE OF FLAGSTONES OR TIMBER BOARDS, WITH OLD WINDOWS, DOORS AND OPEN FIRES. IT THE SUMMER TIME IT IS LOVELY AND COOL AND IN THE WINTER IT CAN BE QUITE SNUG IF THE HEATING IS TURNED UP HIGH ENOUGH AND THE FIRES ARE BLAZING. HOWEVER, THERE ALWAYS SEEMS TO BE DRAUGHT AROUND THE BACK OF THE NECK OR LEGS AND IT STILL FEELS COLD. I HAVE TRIED FITTING DRAUGHT EXCLUDERS, BUT THIS IS NOT ALWAYS EFFECTIVE WITH THE OLD DOORS, WINDOW AND OTHER GAPS AROUND THE HOUSE OR BETWEEN FLOOR BOARDS. I DO NOT WANT TO FIT NEW DOUBLE GLAZED WINDOWS AND THE PLANNING OFFICE WOULD LET ME. WHAT CAN I DO TO MAKE MY HOUSE MORE COMFORTABLE BY GETTING RID OF THE DRAUGHTS?



Old houses are renowned for the cold draughts that are encountered in the winter months, and often at other times of the year.  However, they are not necessarily a feature or nuisance that cannot be removed without resorting to a lot of expense or complications with the planners.&l..


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