Heritage & Design Property Surveys







Welcome to Durie Heritage

Thank you for visiting Durie Heritage – building surveyors.

What we do:

We specialise in the lost and unloved, the damp and forgotten, the old and even the new, the vast and the very cute.  We specialise in surveying buildings and identifying what has gone wrong (building pathology) and in happily confirming what is operating as it should.

How we do it:

Working in a small family business, we are also not required to wear suits, ties and shiny shoes when undertaking surveys.  We wear cargo pants, polo shirts, stout boots and work jackets.  This allows us to access all areas, whether it is the cobweb-infested never-before-entered roofspace or the damp, dingy and rotting subfloor.  We carry drain lifting keys to inspect manholes too.  Try and find another building surveyor who does that!

This is what makes us different.  We access areas not normally even considered by most surveyors, even building surveyors – yes, there is a difference, a big difference.  As heritage building surveyors, we allow for a detailed and full inspection.  The only way this is possible is by getting up close to the fabric, testing and inspecting the areas which are difficult and usually too dirty for other ‘surveyors’ to enter.  There are very few of us around hence our geographical spread.

Where do we do it:

Now based in Herefordshire in the West Midlands, we are prefectly placed for Wales, the central belt, from Lancashire to north Somerset and Herefordshire to Hertfordshire and points inbetween.  Beginning the business in Scotland, we remain busy throughout, from Banff and Buchan to the Borders and from Campbeltown to Crail operating from Dunblane in Perthshire.

What should you do now?

There should be enough information in the following pages for you to cobble together solutions to common problems on your own if you wish or, you can contact us to arrange a survey.  We are extremely busy so, if we don’t respond immediately to your telephone message, please call back or email to make sure we don’t miss your enquiry.
We look forward to providing you with the correct information and helping you to understand your home.


Building Surveys

The most comprehensive type of survey. A full examination of all accessible parts of your house from chimneys to drainage including all parts in-between.

Rising Damp Surveys

A detailed investigation into the causes of dampness and an assessment of any damage and on-going risk or decay, and a detailed explanation of possible remedies.

Defect Pathology Surveys

Diagnosing the numerous and, sometimes, complex reasons for failure takes experience and a full understanding of different types of construction and materials to be able to give accurate advice.

What You Should Know


There are numerous ways for moisture to affect a building and it is impossible to categorise them simply as it suggests equally simple fixes.

Rising damp is used as an umbrella term and is actually an accumulation of defects at ground level none of which are solved by waterproofing walls.  Commonly it is caused by poor external maitenance.  Damp proofing does not repair these defects.

Penetrating Damp

Penetrating damp is not a defect, it is caused by ANY and all external defects so not simple to diagnose and with no simple fix either no matter what you are told by anyone else.

Damp Proofing Fraud

Damp proofing and rising damp remedies is big business so it attracts people who want to make money with no conscience.  At worst they are fraudsters, at best they are idiots.  Either way, they lack a conscience.

Truth About CRST

A 3-day course to sell chemicals. They are not damp experts or surveyors or preservation professionals. They are salesmen who need to sell you damp proofing to make money.

How Old Buildings Work

Why stone? Why lime? What makes it so special? Solid walls v cavity walls. Good quality materials.

Why Choose Heritage And Design?

  • Absolute integrity
  • Honesty
  • Family owned
  • Value for money
  • Friendly
  • Clarity of information (plain English)
  • Comprehensive reports
  • Excellent reviews
  • Exhaustive surveys
  • Reports completed quickly
  • Fees based on size of property not value

What our customer say

I went ahead and shared the report with the owner. After quite a shock, they are thankful for the information. They had no idea of the extent of defects.

Thank you so much for all the info, really useful and interesting read.

Just like to say on behalf of the family,  thanks for the work you put in to achieve the desired result. Hopefully using your input ,the buyers bring it back to being a loved and beautiful house that it is!

​Your work  saved either us or buyer thousands of needless expense which would be better used making a good house even better.

I must say that overall your report & references/contacts have been very helpful in both getting to know the property, and learning how to look after an older building.

Thanks for putting my mind at ease. Hopefully it has the same effect on any potential buyers!

I really appreciate the thoroughness of the report and thank you for highlighting what needs to be done so concisely.

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