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QUESTIONS TO EUROPEAN HISTORIC AND ANCIENT HOUSES OWNERS AND ARCHITECTS
The final report "Heritage Houses for Europe", the first Paneuropean study on the measures that have to be taken to safeguard private historic houses, has revealed that the disappearance of artistic and craft skills is a significant threat and concluded on this subject with two recommendations: "stimulate at EU level the development of craft and art skills among young Europeans and supporting the exchange of knowledge, the capacity building and the pooling of resources between craftsmen in Europe ".
Since its creation Mad'in Europe has pursued three objectives : to make fine and traditional craft professionals more accessible, to make their professions better known, to value their work and to support the transmission of know-how to new generations.
Maintaining, restoring or rehabilitating a historic building cannot be done without the precious know-how of craftsmen. However, if it is true that 80 percent of traditional craftsmen working today will be retired in 20 years, then is it not legitimate to wonder who will continue to look after our cultural heritage tomorrow?
As " Les compagnons du devoir" say: "any word received that you have not transmitted is a stolen word". No transmission means no know-how for tomorrow!
This survey written by Mad'in Europe, with the collaboration of the European association of Historic Houses and the Belgium association of Historic Houses, aims to better understand the needs, troubles and priorities faced by property owners concerning the maintenance and the renovation.
The results and the trends emerging from this survey will be shared by Mad’in Europe with craftsmen and craftsmen associations. The answers will obviously remain anonymous.
We also want to raise awareness among private owners and architects on the need to call on skilled craftsmen, to support their know-how and to share the good addresses of craftsmen with others. Supporting craftsmen means ensuring a future for their profession.
1) Please indicate the country and region or city where your historic building is located:
2) Kind of building:
Mansion in town
Farm, grange ...
3) Date of construction:
Before the 15th century
4) Is it a Listed or Classified Building according to your country policy?
Neither Listed or Classified
5) If yes, what type of requirements are you dealing with regarding this legal status when you face restoration / rehabilitation issues?
Obligation to call on an architect
Obligation to call on construction contractors or craftsmen approved by the administration
Obligation to use specific materials and techniques
6) For the realisation of works do you rather call on:
General contractor gathering several professions
7) During the past 15 years, you have called on independent craftsmen for:
Routine maintenance for preventive action (chassis cleaning, humidity treatments, ...)
A classic restoration
Urgent restoration following a disaster
Building rehabilitation / conversion
8) What professions and know-how do you most often look for? Please specify ?
Interior wood crafts (furniture, floors ...)
Exterior wood crafts (joinery, carpentry ...)
Clay crafts (ceramic, terracotta, lime ...)
9) What works have you undertaken on the structure?
Moisture and fungus treatments
Roofing, reinforcement or replacement of framework
Renovation or replacement of joinery
Restoration or replacement of stone/marble parts: (door or window frame, vault, columns, ornaments, facade renovation, cornice, staircase, balustrade, paving, balconies
Restoration or replacement of woodwork, floors, paneling
Restoration or replacement of marble, mosaic, terrazzo, terracotta floors
Restoration of stained glass or decorative glass elements
Installation of a heat pump
10) And what interventions on decorative elements, interior, furniture and objects?
Restoration of frescoes
Restoration or creation of trompe l'oeil, fake wood, sgraffiti ..
Coatings and surfaces with lime, marmorino veneziano, stucco, scagliola, tadelakt
Restoration of decorative plaster elements (moldings, rosettes, pilasters, cornices ...)
Restoration of furniture or wooden objects and marquetry
Copy and reproduction of paintings
Restoration of old books
Restoration of sculptures
Restoration of tapestries
Traditional upholstery, wall hangings, curtains, screens, cushions etc.
Restoration of silverware
Restoration of glass / crystal pieces (chandeliers, floor lamps, tableware, etc.)
Restoration of ceramic or porcelain
Restoration of pieces in bronze, brass, copper, cast iron ...
Restoration of tiled wood stoves
11) Are there specific know-how you cannot/could not find? Yes, No, which ones ?
12) Where are you looking for to find qualified professional craftsmen?
MADINEUROPE, THE PORTAL OF EUROPEAN CRAFTSMEN
AT THE ASSOCIATION OF HISTORIC HOUSES
AT THE ADMINISTRATION
YOU ASK TO YOUR PERSONAL CONTACTS
13) Do you have enough options to find a solution to satisfy your needs?
14) Do you consider that a platform as Madineurope which gathers in one place qualified professionals in fine & traditional crafts and restoration useful?
15) What information and services would you like to find on such a platform ?
Names of qualified professionals
To be able to publish announcements concerning your research in terms of know-how to receive quotes from professionals
Find addresses of material suppliers
Best practices and recommendations from other owners
Share your good practices and make others benefit from your renovation experience
Participate in thematic forums
Read articles on techniques, new materials, professions ...
16) Would you be eager to invite craftsmen that you know to join an Internet platform such as Mad'in Europe so they gain visibility, exchange with other professionals and pass on their know-how to others ?
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