Survey of Victorian Cottages

Posted 1st August 2020

One of our regular clients instructed a full measured survey and inspection of a pair of semi-derelict Victorian of cottages in Fawley Bottom, near Henley on Thames. The cottages are in a Conservation Area and an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The cottages are in need of major repair. Most of the front elevation was hidden under ivy which extended to the chimney. We knew this would be a mammoth survey and with limited time available we decided to camp in the extensive gardens overnight so that we could work late and make a 6am start the following day fuelled by camp stove coffee and biscuits.

A full 3D laser scan was taken of each elevation and every room, including loft spaces. Using our thermal camera, a huge rainwater storage cistern was located directly under part of a wall of an old extension, as well as an internal wasp’s nest concealed in a partition. Several varieties of timber decay were found, as well as roots growing directly under the foundations.

The plan is for whole house repair and conservation with thermal improvements and a side extension.