I love the Web – looking at other peoples houses, checking out crafts people, looking up different products, searching for a bargain or just chatting with like-minded people. Whatever I am at I can spend hours browsing.
So when Pat and I started restoring the Yank’s house I turned to the web for ideas, information, knowledge and just old-fashioned support. And guess what? I found everything I was looking for. So this week I decided to share some of my favourite web site with you. Who knows you might find what you are looking for too.
Early on in the restoration I needed to learn about Lime. Web sites like The Traditional Lime Company http://www.traditionallime.com/ where we found our trusted adviser Ed Byrne and St Astier http://www.stastier.co.uk/ web site were we found some great guides and information are just two of many.
For an Irish perspective on restoring old buildings I love the Former Glory web site http://www.formerglory.ie/ . The Advice and Info section has some good reading and for inspiration have a look at some of the stories of other restorations or even go and stay in one that offers guest accommodation.
For guest accommodation in a restored property in Ireland also have a look at the Irish Landmark Trust web site http://www.irishlandmark.com/ . I really enjoy being able to view the interiors of these beautifully resorted properties from the comfort of my own armchair.
The Old Builders web site http://www.oldbuilders.com/indexmainpage.htm shows lots of lovely examples of work they have completed. Another chance to have an inside view and again Irish buildings, many of which are of very modest proportion.
I also like to drop in on The Irish Georgian Society http://www.igs.ie/ web site every now and then to catch up on anything new there and also the Irish Heritage web site http://www.heritageireland.ie/en/
Period property UK is another site I love to visit http://www.periodproperty.co.uk/ and I especially like reading about the Period Property of the Month section. There are also lots of articles to read on all kinds of topics.
The National Inventory of Architectural Heritage site is of personal interest http://www.buildingsofireland.ie/ especially as we were featured under Co Longford http://www.buildingsofireland.ie/niah/search.jsp?county=LF&name=&town=&townland=0681&type=quick&page=1
When it comes to shopping and searching for special things for the Yank’s house I love ebay http://www.ebay.com/ . We have found everything here from our vibrating table to make our floor tiles to the little Bakelite brown dolly switches for our lights.
When it comes to sharing and chatting to friend I have my blogs and all you lovely followers, twitter and facebook.
I hope you found some of this interesting. I could go on and on as I have visited thousands of sites over the years but this is just a few that spring to mind and that might interest my readers.
Why not leave a comment this week with your favourite restoration/building web site and I will check them out.