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Following a live renovation

Build It expert, Alan Tierney, talks us through his refurb of a grade II* listed property in Devon
The oldest part of the house dates back to the mid 16th century. The thatch roof is in good condition, though some minor repairs will be carried out. Below: The annexe will provide a decent space to stay while works go on in the rest of the house

As many Build It readers will know, I’ve worked as a historic building consultant for the past 15 years. In that period, I have advised many clients on how to repair and renovate old properties. I’ve now decided the time has come to put my money where my mouth is and take on a restoration project of my own! I’ve purchased a grade II* listed house in Devon, which needs a complete overhaul. Though it’s generally in good structural condition, most of the dwelling has no electricity, heating or plumbing. Like many old buildings, it was subject to various alterations in the 20th century, using materials incompatible with its traditional construction. Plus, the quality of some of that work leaves a lot to be desired.

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Plan, design and build your dream home with practical advice and inspiration from Build It magazine. The November 2019 edition includes: - Britain's Best Homes of 2019 - The Build It Awards Nominations! - The Build It Education House - The Ultimate Guide to Heating Your Home - Expert Design Ideas to save you £100,000 - How to Win Planning Permission ...And more!