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.
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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