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What motivates us to do things, to try and make a difference ? 13th March 2019

  What motivates us to do things, to try and make a difference ? Here is Michael Foleys bio on his LinkedIn page, explaining why he decided to re-train and  become a building surveyor when at the top of his game as an accomplished craftsman carpenter and joiner with decades of experience in the construction … Read more

Thinking of extending your old building ? 19th February 2019

Standard Heritage is currently involved in helping  some of its clients with alterations and extensions to their old buildings. There is a general misconception that you have to match an existing  buildings style when building an extension, particularly when dealing with a listed building. This is far from the truth ! When adding to an … Read more

Client Feedback 8th July 2018

We like to think that our clients are the best people to explain what we do and how we go about things. Michael was fantastic. My house has all sorts of damp problems and a damp report could have been scary and overwhelming! However, Michael gave really useful, impartial advice throughout and practical step-by-step recommendations … Read more

Conservation and repair of Brick and Flint Masory 12th May 2018

Michael Foley of Standard Heritage and Charles Reilly of Georgian Brickwork Ltd attended the Conservation and repair of brick and flint masonry course at West Dean College recently. It was a Busman’s holiday for Charles as he is one of the country’s leading traditional bricklayers, who also runs training courses on traditional brickwork in his … Read more

Client testimonial; In summary, we couldn’t be happier we found Standard Heritage 15th April 2018

We contacted Standard Heritage to see if they would be able to carry out a survey on my parents +200 year old house prior to us buying it. Michael replied promptly with a competitive price and we agreed a date. His enthusiasm and passion for historic buildings was apparent during the survey and he spent … Read more

Rot about Dry Rot in Margate !!! 12th March 2018

Standard Heritage was called to a property in Margate in Thanet with a suspected outbreak of Dry Rot. The property had been surveyed and there was some rot damaged skirting board, so the survey report ( Home Buyers) recommended further investigation. Completely dry timber We carried out a ‘targeted specialist survey’ and found the area … Read more

Conservation and Repair of Structural and Architectural Metal Work 1st March 2018

Standard Heritages principle surveyor – Michael Foley was at West Dean College recently completing module No. 7 of 10 to qualify for their Professional Development Diploma. This latest module was the Building Conservation Masterclass – Conservation and Repair of Structural and Architectural Metal Work. Michael is in his third year of part time study at the college … Read more

Feedback from a mortgage provider 14th February 2018

Not only do we get great feedback from our clients, we also get it from other property professionals too. It is really good to see what mortgage providers think of our services  compared to the  ‘alternatives’ ! “I have studied the Damp Report produced by Michael Foley AssocRICS. This is a traditional surveyor’s report, not … Read more

How long does a damp survey take ? 11th February 2018

How long does a damp survey take? Our damp surveys usually take between three to four hours depending on various factors. But the real answer is – until we find the problem ! This can take all day sometimes. Over two hours were spent in the subfloor area of this property during a survey, following … Read more

Dropping in on one of Georgian Brickwork’s Professional Development courses in Ramsgate 12th January 2018

We dropped in on one of Georgian Brickwork’s Professional Development courses in their Ramsgate workshop this week to see how things were going. The course being held was a  four day comprehensive practical study of gauged arch construction. The course starts with the history and development of the gauged arch which is delivered ‘on site’ … Read more

New Year and great news from Thanet 2nd January 2018

Our first email of 2018 was from one of our clients that engaged us last year to carry out a survey for insurance purposes; ‘Hi Michael First up, some good news! We finally got some cash out of our insurance company and it’s fair to say that it was incredibly useful to have your survey … Read more

When is a ‘damp meter’ not a ‘damp meter’ ? 15th December 2017

Standard Heritage carried out another specialist Timber and Damp survey today. The client had been told that he needed £15,000 worth of ‘damp proofing, timber treatment’ and re-plastering  for a new old house that he wanted to buy. The property had been surveyed by two different ‘qualified damp specialists’ who came up with two very … Read more

Un -Damp Proofing a listed building in Canterbury, Kent – by using lime mortars and breathability 14th December 2017

Here is an example of un-damp proofing ! The base of this listed buildings walls were damp, and this was after various attempts to ‘damp proof’ them ! Before the cement plinth was removed, we took a series of masonry samples from deep with in the wall, they were damp with moisture contents high enough … Read more

Client feed back -Grade II listed Building in Broadstairs in Thanet, Kent. 6th December 2017

We contracted Standard Heritage shortly after buying a Grade II Listed cottage right down on the harbour. Being a timber-framed building directly exposed to the elements, it needs a high level of knowledge and expertise to maintain – which is exactly what Standard Heritage provide. Michael  (principal surveyor) is very reliable and has great passion … Read more

Damp survey – post building survey and damp survey ! In Sandwich, Kent. 4th December 2017

Luke Blaskett;  We had had some bad experiences with surveyors who lacked the specialist knowledge needed for period/historic buildings. ‘We required a survey to satisfy our mortgage company, but didn’t want to carry out inappropriate work to the building (which had been recommended by other less experienced surveyors). Fortunately we found Standard Heritage. The survey … Read more

Standard Heritage was at the Ramsgate Heritage Action Zone Stake Holder Engagement Event,held at the Grange this week. 24th November 2017

  The  group of ‘Stakeholders’ were made up of local business people, members of Thanet District Council, Historic England, Kent School of Architecture (University of Kent), Georgian Brickwork  and Standard Heritage, to name but a few. But for those of us on the ‘ heritage skills development ’ table the most exiting attendee was Glen … Read more

Client Testimonial; Our home was literally transformed ! 12th November 2017

Our Victorian 3 bed semi detached house built circa 1875 was a dream purchase. We knew it had some problems but had no idea the whole house was riddled with dampness caused by years of inappropriate building methods. We spent thousands of pounds trying to rectify the problems. ‘Damp Proofing companies’ sold us useless damp … Read more

Standard Heritage is now operating from the Isle of Thanet, Kent. 11th November 2017

Standard Heritage is now operating in Thanet, Kent, Bexley and Bromley. We offer a full range of Building Surveying services to the public and commercial practices. Please feel free to contact us at office@standardheritage.uk with any enquiries.  

What motivates us to do things, to try and make a difference ?

13th March 2019

  What motivates us to do things, to try and make a difference ? Here is Michael Foleys bio on his LinkedIn page, explaining why he decided to re-train and  become a building surveyor when at the top of his game as an accomplished craftsman carpenter and joiner with decades of experience in the construction … Read more

Thinking of extending your old building ?

19th February 2019

Standard Heritage is currently involved in helping  some of its clients with alterations and extensions to their old buildings. There is a general misconception that you have to match an existing  buildings style when building an extension, particularly when dealing with a listed building. This is far from the truth ! When adding to an … Read more

Client Feedback

8th July 2018

We like to think that our clients are the best people to explain what we do and how we go about things. Michael was fantastic. My house has all sorts of damp problems and a damp report could have been scary and overwhelming! However, Michael gave really useful, impartial advice throughout and practical step-by-step recommendations … Read more

Conservation and repair of Brick and Flint Masory

12th May 2018

Michael Foley of Standard Heritage and Charles Reilly of Georgian Brickwork Ltd attended the Conservation and repair of brick and flint masonry course at West Dean College recently. It was a Busman’s holiday for Charles as he is one of the country’s leading traditional bricklayers, who also runs training courses on traditional brickwork in his … Read more

Client testimonial; In summary, we couldn’t be happier we found Standard Heritage

15th April 2018

We contacted Standard Heritage to see if they would be able to carry out a survey on my parents +200 year old house prior to us buying it. Michael replied promptly with a competitive price and we agreed a date. His enthusiasm and passion for historic buildings was apparent during the survey and he spent … Read more

Rot about Dry Rot in Margate !!!

12th March 2018

Standard Heritage was called to a property in Margate in Thanet with a suspected outbreak of Dry Rot. The property had been surveyed and there was some rot damaged skirting board, so the survey report ( Home Buyers) recommended further investigation. Completely dry timber We carried out a ‘targeted specialist survey’ and found the area … Read more