I know of a building which has been gutted by fire, stone and brick
It was empty for ages before the fire and I had my eye on it coming up
for sale as it would be perfect for my needs.
Most buildings in this state seem to end up demolished, it would need
new floors and a roof but other than that is there any reason why it
couldn't be usable?
Not at all.
BILs house was reduced to a similar state, sold and rebuilt nicely.
It will also need insulation to modern standards - and its that *sort*
opf issue that often leads to complete demolition - the cost of
upgrading old stuff to new standards exceeds a demo/rebuild.
Things that may catch you ou are
damp proof courses - there? sound?
subsidence and general foundation issues - underpinning aint worth it on
insulation and windows - will it be simple to bring it up to spec? or
costly with special hand work needed.
Overall drainage and rainwater dispoal - are there good working drains
where you want them? Soakaway?
In the end commercial (comopany) rebuilds opt for the 'known cost' of a
new build rather than the risk of the restoration and that also tends to
need more intelligence on site. And they get VAT back too.
To people who know nothing, anything is possible.
To people who know too much, it is a sad fact
Loads of barn conversions out there show it must be pretty common.
The issue I guess is that to refit joists, & roof ... in an existing
stone shell is so much hard work that it is quicker to demolish &
rebuild .... time is money for a builder .. could be a benefit to
d-i-y, in that it is time an not money you have to lay out.
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