Conservation

Cob Cottage Conservation- Clyst St Lawrence

Passionate about Conservation

From our viewpoint, the term ‘conservation’ may be defined as the process of protecting a building and its surroundings from any change that might involve a loss of historic fabric, historic importance or character. We acknowledge that the majority of buildings we work on are either in use or will have a future use, therefore we work closely with you to ensure that we understand your requirements throughout.

Where buildings which are listed or in conservation areas are concerned, the degree of alteration permitted by local authorities will vary according to the importance of the building and the components affected as well as how essential the alteration is to the function of the building. At Earthouse we work closely with structural engineers and local authorities to achieve the best outcome possible.

Cob repair

It is useful for all owners of cob properties to have an understanding of the materials from which their building is structured. If your building is of cob construction and you aren’t sure how best to look after it, please get in touch for more information.

Please visit our Blogs page to see recent examples of the cob conservation projects we have been working on.

Useful Information

For more information of your obligations as a home owner and to make an application to Building Control in the Devon area, please visit the links below.

Devon Building Control

East Devon Building Control

West Devon Building Control

North & Mid Devon Building Control

If you have a Listed Building you may require Listed Building Consent, depending on the work you want to undertake. For more information about gaining consent, visit the Historic England page.

Historic England – Listed Building Consent

More generally, the National Trust and English Heritage both look after the conservation of historic buildings in the area and throughout the country.

The National Trust Building Conservation

English Heritage Conservation