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We have taken the top 5 problems asked in the last three months (June July and August).
The most often asked question was about “Building permission and planning processes”
Number 2 of the top 5 was about “Stairs, Staircase, Steps and Spiral stairs”
Then number 3 is “Window, stone wall, opening window, knocking window through windows, cutting an opening in a stone wall.
Even though we are in the height of summer number 4 is “Insulating a stone built house”
If you have never spent a winter here in an un-insulated stone house then you cannot imagine just how cold you can be. Insulation is one of the best things that you can do to your home in Portugal. Contact us at email@example.com to find out more.
You usually don’t think about “Replacing the roof” when buying a home in northern Europe but here in Portugal its is very common and often urgent.
“Replacing a timber roof in Portugal” comes in at number 5 in our list of
STAIRS What to look for when buying an old house in Portugal part 4 of 4
Oh that’s nice a new set of stairs. The look to be made of a Brazilian hard wood so should be nice and strong.
The stairs are attractive indeed with some nice carved detail on the newel post and handrail stringers. They are also varnished in high gloss polyurethane varnish.
As attractive as they are they are also deadly.
Highly vanished stair treads (the part that you stand on) can be very slippery especially if you wear socks around the house.
The treads have no riser, just a gap. The riser stops your foot and leg from going through the stairs should you slip. This design is notorious for accidents concerning old people which have resulted in broken legs and deaths.
Unfortunately they are also extremely dangerous for children who have been known to get their heads stuck while playing resulting in a broken neck.
What to look for when buying an old house in Portugal