Posted: 08/02/2013 at 08:27
Interesting! Happymarion, I love the idea of your garden, but I'm still hesitant about growing things up my walls, because of the issues mentioned earlier - damage to rendering (already old and probably not too strong) and root and perhaps roof invasion, since I live in a bungalow. My son lived for a while in a house that had been seriously undermined by tree roots. Also, what about damp?
Galest, thanks for your comment. I have a 1930s bungalow and had free cavity wall insulation fairly recently because of our advanced age! Since then, we have had problems with damp mould on the walls. I suppose the cavity was there for a purpose that was defeated by the CWI.I have sometimes wondered whether old houses with thick walls suffer from damp because they have no cavity. This would obviously make the house colder. My mother lived in an old house with 18" thick walls that had been incorporated into an early C20 terrace. It was very warm, insulated by the other houses. Perhaps we should all go back to living in terraced houses!