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Houses are witnesses of our culture, of our identity. Each house has a personal history, made by humans, mirrors economical and professional development and reminds us on our sources.


A collection of resources, tools and techniques which are useful and necessary to prepare and publish house records.


In this alphabetical list of terms we give you detailed explanations and definitions of specific items we use for recording houses.

How to?

Specialists, craftsmen, suppliers provide information and detailed explanations to support you in the realization of your house renovation.

Our project structure in a degree thesis

The structure and examples of our project website, the way in which we communicated via intranet and used that tool for project management was included as a good examples from now Doctor Antonina Dattolo, in the development of her degree thesis called "La gestione di progetti internazionale. Funzionalità del software di gestione"- the management of international projects. Management software functionality.

Another example of transversal dissemination of our project.

AboutHouses - the video

During the project, all partners collected many hours of video recordings. Ranging from interviews with house owners to animated fly throughs from laser scanner data, tutorial videos to students learning how to record old houses, we built a large collection of interesting content. At the final meeting, we gathered together the DVD's, data sticks, YouTube and Dropbox videos and arranged a storyline for a fianl video highlighting some of the work that we did.

Here is the final video, shared alongside the dozens of other videos that we prepared on our Youtube site:

Many thanks to all of our students, owners, researchers, professionals and partners for taking part and helping create such an interesting project!

3D Laser scanner technology for recording houses

During the meeting which took place in Granada in March 2012, the scanning of a typical cottage in the region was made by our partner Deri Jones with the help of the Spanish team. After the scanning of the house, we decided to also make a short interview our staff in order to explain with more detail about the project and the aim of doing the laser scanning of the house.

After the sacnning, Deri Jones and Doctum staff worked together in Wales for creating a video to recreate the scanning process, since it may happen that in some similar projects the final product does not include neither the process nor sufficient documentation to show the work done.

This video has been used as a dissmination tool to reach more people interested in the field of heritage and restoration.

Great Success of the conference by Institute Paschini Tolmezzo

Last Wednesday at the Institute Paschini great success of public and participation for the last project conference that took place in Tolmezzo - Italy to present the results of our local activities.


Cramars presented the project contents to the public and after distributed the participation certificates to students and recorded houses owners. Participants appreciated very much the skype meeting with project partners.

The emotional evening atmosphere continued during the informal buffet very well organized and managed by the students of the Institute.

To confirm the large success, the local press published an article about our work (see attachment).

Presentation of project results

We are very glad to communicate that on Wedneday the 31st of October at 18.00 we will present the results of the project local activities, most of them realized with the collaboration of the Institute Paschini of Tolmezzo and the University of Udine faculty of Engineering. Participants will be local mayors, students and teachers of the Paschini school and university, experts involved in the project, people knowing old materials, the owners of the houses recorded and of course students' parents and other schools interested to develop future European activities.


The agenda includes: description of the project, short stories about the project experiences of students and owners, presentation of the results - recording of the houses, videos of the interviews and the work done by the target involved - and discussion about future european perspectives of collaboration.

The conference will be the occasion to distribute to all participants the project attendance certificates.

See the demo video that will be shown to participants. You can find all other videos clicking directly in media of the related recorded houses:

Casa De Corte

Stavolo Fontane Martin

Tutorial about how to make an interview with locals

Good fun!!!


Tai Llyn - Cofio Cwmorthin

While we were being interviewed for the S4C Magazine programme, we conducted a series of laser scans around the old terrace of miners cottages at the entrance to Cwmorthin in North Wales. Working around a series of progressively heavier rain showers (Cwmorthin is pretty much the wettest place in Wales at the best of times!), we managed to get a series of scans done aroudn the slate built end of the terrace, recording the walls that look as if they are in danger of collapse. The video shows the houses at that end - we'd like to return and record the rest of the terrace when the good weather returns, to support the excellent work that Cofio Cwmorthin are doing.

The reason that this video doesn't have a colour point cloud is down to taking the wrong lens for the panoramic rig - normally each station takes 16 fisheye images with a 10mm lens (about 2 minutes work) - with the 35mm lens we took, we would have had to take a 100+ photos to complete a pano, which would have taken a long time to process and probably not been very accurate.


Why & How Restore Old Houses

This is the title of an ebook, created by selecting some of our tutorials which are in particular interesting for those who want to start a house restoration project.

Most of these tutorials being based on experts' experiences and cover such topics like identifying used materials, restoring stone walls and the diverse use of lime in old houses.

we hope to inspire and encourage you to dare the restoration, either a small project or a complete house.

The ebook is (in few days) available in the iBookstore and at, .de, .fr, .es, .it, If you don't want to wait, download it directly here.

We like to get your feedback & comments, do not hesitate to write us!


Perillos - a village re-animated

After the AboutHouses project meeting and afternoon tour around the old village of Perillos, Rhydian Wilson and Deri Jones returned with the full set of laser scanning equipment. Talking to the terres-de-pierres association members working on the project, we learnt that rather than doing a detailed recording of one of the houses in the village, it would be more helpful to them to have a record of as much of the site as possible - a tough task for a site on so many different levels, but ideally suited to laser scanning. We laid out a series of reference points that could be seen from a common point in front of the house and surveyed these using the 3D Total station to an accuracy of <10mm. These points will provide a reference for any future survey work at the site and are aligned to the existing zero level that the team use.

We then set to work with the laser scanner and panoramic camera - 18 full colour scans, 288 Digital SLR images and 7 hours later we packed up, just before the rain arrived.

Here is the panoramic tour of the vilage, with a plan showing the survey area and scan locations here.

Here's an animation of the site, created from the processed point clouds and panoramic images.



Walls from earth and hay, a roof from grass, electricity from the sun, water from a well. A Bulgarian architect is building a unique ecohouse

The house is being built by mud, hey, wood and stone and the roof - from grass. It is located near Izvoz, Belogradchik. The piles of earth are excavated from the grounds. Every next day they diminish to be transformed into bricks. The timber scattered around come from the coniferous wood nearby and is also included in the construction. The stones for the dry masonry come from the nearby abandoned and ruined houses, barns and sheep farms. And the boards - waste from the parquet production.


Except being attractive, the ecohouse is also beneficial to health. The reason: the clay is very hygroscopic. When it is wet outdoor, it stops evaporations. When it is dry, it lets them in. The premises maintain humidity, which is perfect for the inhabitants and prevents the development of allergies and rheumatism.

The specifics of old wooden houses insulation

Wooden houses in Lithuania are considered buildings constructed at least several decades ago. There can be two constructional schemes:

  1. a) built from sawn or hewed timbers and battened (rarely plastered);
  2. b) carcass construction buildings where bearing constructions are wooden carcass elements and gaps are filled with various materials (bricks, clay, mortar, canes, etc.).

These buildings are also called fachverk buildings. They are quit rare in Lithuania and more often are found in coastal region, Klaipėda. Certainly, modern carcass construction building also could be assigned to this group, however these houses are built in the last 10-15 years so their thermal resistance is good or moderate and therefore they are reconstructed very rarely. We will not discuss the methods of insulation of fachverk and modern carcass houses in this article. We will do it later. The main rules:

  • Constructional wood is tended to soak and if not dried in time it could start to rotten, be affected by various microorganisms and insects. Therefore detail verification of timber has to be done before the commencement of insulation work.
  • For plastered houses – only limy plaster.
  • If insulating – insulate on the old layer of plaster.
  • One more constructional requirement – external masonry and wooden, load bearing walls has to be bound.
  • With wooden (and plastic) boards boarded wall is considered as poorly ventilated and therefore additional holes (area for 1 meter of the wall in horizontal direction should be no less than 1500-3000 mm2) could be made.

More information in Lithuanian:


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