Seek answers to restoration queries and ye shall find

Nick Inman charts the ups and downs of doing it himself in our regular column... here, the difference between a renovation and a restoration

One thing I have learned while working on my house is how much knowledge there is around me if only I ask.

Over the last 16 years I have made several good friends who know a lot about traditional architecture. Books and websites only tell you so much: the real wisdom is passed around by word of mouth.

Recently, I organised a tour of one old house with my local heritage association.

Its owner, Eric, opened my eyes to things I might not otherwise have thought about.

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