Residential property prices have risen dramatically over the years, yet there are thousands of dilapidated and unused buildings which can present a much cheaper way of acquiring a home. In this new paperback edition for 2010, every aspect of converting types of redundant property is examined, including surveys, legislation and regulations, planning applications, professional help and advice, finance, budgeting, and insurance. The study also discusses evaluation and preparation of plans, briefing of professional consultants, design and location of various living spaces, external features, lighting, heating, ventilation, mains services, energy conservation, and acoustics. Guiding the reader through details such as tenders, contracts, specifications, and quotations, this guide also assists in choosing builders, timetables, and on-site operations. A number of case studies which demonstrate what can be achieved with different types of property are also included.