There is an excellent television show called ‘Help! My House Is Falling Down’ on Channel 4 at the moment. The series is presented by Sarah Beeny, who also presented the TV show Property Ladder and has written a number of books for the public on self builds and renovations. All the episodes to date are on you tube; here is a link to one of them:
There are a bit of advertising before the show starts. It’s a must see for anyone doing old building conversion work and possibly as a teaching tool for engineers in college.