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Date posted: 27/07/2020

Supporting Period Property Renovation

Supporting Period Property Renovation

Our clients are renovating a Georgian manor house set in the Lincolnshire Wolds which was built around 1830, sitting empty and unloved for over thirty-five years.


Prior to the purchase at the start of 2019, Neil and Debbie Tomlinson commissioned Delaney Marling Partnership to undertake a survey of the property which uncovered a number of significant issues.


The property had a basement and parts had been added on over the years including a large orangery.


Survey Report


Our survey included a fifty-nine page report assessing a variety of issues, their severity and recommended order of priority. We used the pole camera to survey the roofs and chimney stacks and inspected the full property.


With the results of the survey, the Tomlinsons were able to re-negotiate the purchase price and have since moved in to the wonderful property. Over the last 18 months, they have remained in regular contact with us at DMP, seeking advice on a variety projects as they unfold within the property.


In early 2019 when considering a programme of works to redecorate, Neil got in touch as he had read up on how best to prepare walls/ceilings in a period property for the bathroom but had been confused by a variety of recommendations to use plasterboard with Kingspan insulation, sheep's wool and also lime plaster. Overall, he wanted to avoid taking the wrong advice, using the wrong materials and creating problems with damp in the long-run.


Avoiding costly mistakes


In any property making refurbishment mistakes can create extra cost and wasted time but especially in period properties which were built to breathe allowing air to flow freely for good ventilation.


The main thing to bear in mind in a property of this type is the integrity of the roofs and external walls. If water is coming through, this must be remedied prior to doing anything on the internals.


Building experience


One of our Directors, Kevin has also recently renovated his own period home and was also able to give some useful tips/advice from personal experience on methods of repair and where to purchase materials, etc.


Now half-way through 2020, Neil and Debbie have made excellent progress which can be found on Instagram @houserenovationsinthewolds


The next phase of the renovation requires Architect’s drawings to adapt the old orangery, to include a kitchen and utility provision and convert the coal shed into a toilet.


We are looking forward to updating on the next stage in the development.




Neil has been kind enough to include a testimonial about our service.


“After careful research to find an experienced surveyor to help us review a period property for purchase we opted for Delaney Marling Partnership. Nothing was too much bother for Kevin, he was happy to meet us at the property and spent as much time as we needed answering questions we had.


His report was easy to understand and if we had any questions Kevin replied promptly to help us put our mind at ease.


We took Kevin’s offer to contact him freely after the survey had been completed as a little tongue in cheek, however we have been amazed that despite now 18 months on from moving into our home we can still contact Kevin if we have any queries about our house and he has been helpful and prompt in replying – what an amazing service!


We would highly recommend Delaney Marling Partnership, we have already recommended them to friends and will no doubt use them again when we move again!”