What you see from the ground is often deceptive, its only when you get up close with a scaffold that you really get a feel for the condition of your property. Areas that looked solid from the ground have often been forgotten about for decades, while the weather has taken is toll. Often only patch repairs are carried out, to reduce costs, but this can only ever be a temporary solution.
Eventually someone will have to sort it all out.
You put up the scaffold to deal with a problem you know about, and discover a few others that need your attention as well, but when the contract has started, there is a clock ticking and time is money.
Getting skilled tradesmen at short notice is going to be challenge.
Here are some important tips;
- DONT Skimp on the survey and investigation work.
- Use professionals and tradesmen that know what they are doing with historic buildings.
- Put in all the necessary access scaffolds and safety measures.
- Use the scaffold to get as much done in the working area as possible
Inspections and survey surveys may seem like and added cost, when you just want to pay some to get on with, what is already, quite costly work. But knowing what you are likely to encounter and planning ahead is an awful lot cheaper than making a start and then trying improvise as you are going along.
The conservation world is quite small, conservation professionals and tradesmen that know what they are doing, will often be working with each other regularly and will have a wealth of contacts, which mean that they can access skills and materials at short notice, to keep the work moving and reduce your costs.
Scaffolding can seem expensive, but it provides a safe and secure access that enables all sorts of work to be carried out properly. Instead of trying reach from a ladder, you have a good platform for laying out tools and materials and getting into all the areas that couldn't otherwise be reached. Once you have scaffold up, you can deal with most issues that might be encountered. You only want to pay for scaffolding once, so get as much done as you can while it is there.
MAAC studio are accredited conservation architects and principal designers working with traditional buildings throughout Scotland.