Incentives to retain late 19th century housing and the practicalities of conservation and repair of that stock

B. J. Hickson
2013 Structural Studies, Repairs and Maintenance of Heritage Architecture XIII   unpublished
Heritage incentives encourage the conservation and repair of late 19th-early 20th century housing, but what are the practicalities of conservation and repair, based on our particular housing stock for the owner home handyman? This paper summarises the types of incentives used to encourage the conservation and repair of late 19th century and early 20th century housing, the most successful of these incentives being a free heritage advisory service and small grants. The practical problems of
more » ... l problems of saving this type of housing stock and readapting it for modern sustainable living are then examined through the application of a case study -the restoration and extension of a typical late Victorian small masonry residence in NSW Australia. The problems encountered and methods used in this 'hands on' process provide a guide for house owners planning on restoring an older house. The experience highlights the difficulties that arise during the process. This paper provides guidance for the owner restorer from a heritage adviser involved in a similar project. Areas covered include assessing significance, developing a sustainable design, demolition of unwanted fabric and hazardous materials, repairs to brickwork, rendered surfaces, paint and wall paper and installing services. Keywords: late 19th /20 century heritage masonry houses, practical conservation and repair, re-use of heritage housing stock, incentives. th
doi:10.2495/str130231 fatcat:bqdhpxqq6jgenbw4q6w347mzrq