I Need More Wood At Home

in busy •  25 days ago 

I am currently having some very expensive renovations done. It's not a terribly urgent renovation, but it has to be done. It's one of those things that if not handled now, has the potential to be a royal pain in the bum-bum in the near future.

I was originally going to buy some crypto with the money I'm paying for the work, especially now that the market is a little low, but my hands are tied. I think that if I don't do this work now, the consequence might outweight even a crypto bull run profit in terms of future cost.

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My place is not that old, especially for London, but it is old enough to require regular repair work here and there, and occasional major renovations. It was given a nice once-over before I moved in, but there was small but crucial bit left out, which I'm not having to deal with.

As the old saying goes, "A stitch in time saves nine".

Ancient homes ?
In places like Venice, where the entire city seems to require renovation, I don't know what the people there do. Living there must be a case of continual repairing and fixing of things.

Even here in England, I see many of these homes in the villages that must be be hundreds of years old. Are they just so well built that they don't need renovations like the modern ones or are they having to deal with the same issues?

There is this house in my neighbourhood with a thatched roof and a wooden frame. Apart from the stone churches, it's easily the oldest inhabited home here. If I ever see the owner, or the person that lives in there, I'm going to strike up a conversation with them what it's like keeping such a home.

Wood is good
It is clear that wood outlasts virtually anything except stone. Thing about the oldest buildings you know of. They most original parts of the buildings are probably made of wood and stone. I used to value iron over wood until I realised that iron rusts faster than treated timber rots - if ever.

If you think about antiques, the most pristine items are often wooden; chairs, stools, cabinets, etc. With the except of gold and silver, most other metals don't make it through the centuries.


I had a look at the refuse being created from my renovations and most of the material are synthetic in nature and of low quality. They're probably cheaper to make and easier to manipulate than timber or stone, but it's a case of false economy for sure.



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Even here in England, I see many of these homes in the villages that must be be hundreds of years old. Are they just so well built that they don't need renovations like the modern ones or are they having to deal with the same issues?

I think they, too, are constantly facing similar issues. The climate in England is not very forgiving. There's plenty of rainfall and the winters are cool enough to cause condensation issues.

There is this house in my neighbourhood with a thatched roof and a wooden frame. Apart from the stone churches, it's easily the oldest inhabited home here. If I ever see the owner, or the person that lives in there, I'm going to strike up a conversation with them what it's like keeping such a home.

Please do so and make a post about them. I bet there aren't many people in the construction industry knowledgeable in potential issues and repair techniques used in such buildings even in England.

I saw them with ladders all over the house last month. It' must be a big pain. It also looks very dangerous in terms of fire. That house would burn down in five minutes.

What's quite dangerous are most of the synthetic materials. They tend to burn quickly and generate thick poisonous smoke. Even in its dry state wood contains some water, which slows down the rate at which it can burn.

I would expect a thatched roof to be partially wet much of the time.

ah, makes sense.

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You have seen our old house with a thatched roof. That needs replacing periodically. There is some wood in that house that is pretty old, but the lack of foundations compromises the structure. Buildings can last many hundreds of years, but it seems modern houses are not built with that in mind and they are quite resource intensive. It tends to come down to cost and corners will be cut even if it means the house will cost more to heat. That can be many thousands extra over the years.

Good to see this post has gone beyond what H can wipe out. Some of my posts have achieved that too thanks to some really cool people.

Yeah, I've had some support this weekend too. It even survived another orca hit from H's voting ring :)

Yes I remember that old house. I bet with care it can still outlive the modern ones :)

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I saw the troll seems to have an ally now. One to watch out for.

We're still waiting for the insurance company I sort out the subsidence on our cottage.

Hah hah, i postpone so many investments into physical world for the "bull run" too. I hope it pays off lol

It's going to be great. I wish I could have spent the money on crypto instead :/

I do not stress over that, it is what it is :) Getting depression is so easy and getting rid of it is nearly impossible :)

I know that feeling. Should be getting to grips with some water damage and then re-decorating, but time is too short and enthusiasm for the project is little to nil...
However, we replaced some wooden patio doors with plastic a coupl of ears ago and very glad we did too. The wood would shrink in summer and then absorb water in the autumn, which did terrible things to the brickwork around them (although it's not the best brickwork). Wood is great until it gets wet, then it's a nightmare to deal with.

It’s sure not easy maintaining a home. Different issues every season 😭. I’m looking at the boiler now crossing my fingers because of the incoming winter 😂

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Just had the 5-yearly replacement of the £200 circuit board on our Potterton.
Apparently next time we'll need a new one 'cos they stopped making the boards. But then we'll need to rebuild the kitchen to install it...

Ouch 😂 good luck with that 😄

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When you say wood last really long, what type of Wood do you really mean? Because I know a lot of houses in my neighborhood built with wood but hardly ever last up to a year.
That said I think these once in a while renovation is a necessary evil and we can't do without them.

Ah it’s a little different in the tropics. Even if you treat the wood, and it survives the crazy heat, then termites will eat it from the core 🐜🐜🐜. 😂

The best bet for the tropics is mud, believe it or not. The ancient people were on to something. It’s a shame they stopped building with mud and clay. Clay buildings can last for hundreds of years and are perfect for the climate.

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Hahaha thanks for clarifying, sometimes flooding is the Achilles heel of mud and we've at some times prefer brick even in More rural settings. But in a perfectly dry Season mud is cool.

How's your side project coming?

It's going very well. Another one kicks off tomorrow :)

Okay, have a good time with it then

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