Good boy! The dogs who sniff out damp and dry rot in buildings

Dry rot, damp, mould and other horrors can ruin a home, especially an older, or even historic building. Over the years many methods and tricks have been tried out to locate dry rot in houses, but as the damage is often hidden, how do you find dry rot without ripping the place apart?

Step forward man’s best friend and dry rot’s worst enemy: Damp dogs.

Yes, I am being serious, and April fool’s day was ages ago.

There now exists companies who locate dry rot, often hidden in large buildings, by ignoring modern technology and gadgets, and using dogs instead….. Read More


We can paint your house exterior in autumn and winter!

Did you know your home Can be painted during winter? You didn’t? Well it CAN!

Our hardy teams are still braving the weather and weatherproofing homes and businesses across the United Kingdom as we speak, but how do they do it? 

No-one (apart from polar bears and penguins) really like the weather at this time of year, and the day I am writing this, I’m feeling guilty as I am sat in a nice warm office whilst our teams are out in the cold! Read More


Cardboard boxes! Are British homes getting smaller?

A recent study by RIBA (The Royal Institute of British Architects) found that most new build homes in the UK are at least one whole room smaller in square metres, than older houses, in fact they go on to suggest that this is detrimental to our health, but why?

RIBA advisor Mark Crosby has said “the lack of space in homes today was shown to have a negative affect on “the basic lifestyle needs that many families take for granted”. He noted that in extreme cases of cramped conditions, it was having a negative effect on “health, educational attainment and relationships” so why are these small homes being built, and more to the point, why are people buying them? Read More