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Listed Home Maintenance from Peter Cox

Is your home listed?

Homeowners who live in a listed building have a responsibility under the Town and Country Planning Acts to keep it in good repair. And this means that owners have to seek Listed Building Consent for any changes they want to make.

Even where consent is not necessary, for routine maintenance for instance, the owner must be sensitive to the fabric and appearance of the property. So it is worth consulting a reputable company who can provide the specialist skills that may be required.

Over 80% of the domestic residential properties that Peter Cox work on are pre-war and more than 50% date from before the First World War. Many of these are listed, mostly classified Grade II as buildings of ‘special architectural or historic interest’.

This means that Peter Cox has extensive experience of working in conjunction with Conservation Officers, heritage bodies and our clients’ professional advisers. We are also understand the special needs of historic fabric and the importance of developing the most appropriate repair specifications and treatment formulations that complement the building’s design and construction.

Project Example

These photos show a 17th century timber framed cottage before and after restoration. The owner wanted the outside render removed to return the building to its original black and white half timber design.

Cottage before restoration of frontage

Cottage before restoration of frontage

So the front wall was taken down and rebuilt by Peter Cox. Death watch beetle damage in the structural timbers meant that new beams had to be fitted using reclaimed oak while a special mixture of lime and hemp was used to replace sections of wattle and daub infill panels.

The cottage after the front wall had been rebuilt and before final decoration

The cottage after the front wall had been rebuilt and before final decoration

All the work was designed and undertaken in agreement with the local conservation officer.

For further advice about owning a listed property contact the Listed Property Owners Club or go to

The technician and surveyor were both gentlemen. Highly recommended.

, Prestwich, Manchester
March 1st, 2010