Interiors of traditional character should be appreciated. Modern replacement fittings such as doors, skirting boards, fitted cupboards and door furniture are likely to date quickly and lose their attraction whereas a well maintained traditional interior will retain its interest and is likely to become increasingly important to the value of the building. In most cases there should not be any major conflict between modern living and the retention of historic features.
Evidence of internal decay such as damp patches, deteriorating plaster and fungal attack to timber may indicate problems connected with the building’s basic fabric and disposal of rainwater. However, poor ventilation combined with the evaporation of water from baths and kettles may be responsible for some of these problems. In all such cases it is necessary to find the problem and resolve it before further difficulties arise.
A basic understanding of the form of construction, careful and regular maintenance and the use of appropriate traditional skills and materials are of fundamental importance to the care of historic buildings. With these, buildings are unlikely to cause problems and the varied qualities that contribute to their historic character, whether grand or humble, can be fully appreciated.