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March 25, 2009

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funder

Welcome home! And what a pretty picture. Shame it's not your house... but the upkeep on something that big and old must be pretty high. Perhaps it's for the best?

Nick

I've heard that houses in Britain were built with thick wood walls and therefore well insulated. Is that true? Old houses in the US have a reputation for being very poorly insulated.

White Horse Pilgrim

Funder: it's good to be back. I'm a million or so short to buy a property like that. However there are some properties going for sale at a discount now that bankers have to sell their trophy homes. Those old houses can be really damp and draughty too, and are not at all easy to keep warm.

Nick: those older houses tend to be built of brick or stone, though damp courses only appeared later on so they can be quite damp. There are historic timber-framed houses too, where the gaps are filled with earth (wattle and daub) or brick. Those old houses tend to be rather cool to live in because of thermal mass, damp and draughts.

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