A period property, such as a Georgian townhouse or a Victorian villa, not only offers the potential to become a great family home, but also a sound investment too. Victorian houses, for example, typically feature steep pitched roofs that lend themselves well to loft conversions and are often built on good-sized plots, creating real potential to extend and add value.
However, it’s understandable that given the sheer size of some period properties, some homeowners may find the prospect of renovation an overwhelming one. But it doesn’t have to be. That’s why we’ve put together this blog – to share our top tips for a successful period property renovation.
Before you get too carried away at the thought of knocking down walls and building extensions, first and foremost it is vital that you investigate any restrictions that may apply to making alterations to your property. If your home is located within a Conservation Area or it is listed, for example, there may be restrictions in addition to the usual Planning Permission and Permitted Development rules. It is a criminal offence to fail to apply for consent when it is required, so it pays to do your homework before planning your project.
Create more liveable space
One of the most common building projects we manage here at Revere Contracts is the reconfiguration of internal living spaces within period homes. Although period properties tend to have a larger floorprint, the internal spaces are typically divided up into lots of small rooms. The most common problems our clients come to us with are kitchens that are too small and a shortage of bathrooms. In many cases, these issues are easily solved by knocking down an internal wall to create a more open-plan kitchen-diner, and by adding an en-suite to a bedroom, or installing a wet room on the ground floor.
Keep the character
Many homebuyers find themselves drawn to a particular period property because of its original features, and all the charm and character that they add to the look and feel of the home. Original picture rails, ceiling roses, cornicing and coving, as well as traditional floorboards, parquet or tiles can add a unique sense of history and heritage to a home.
Sadly for some, these features fell out of fashion in the 1960s and ‘70s and many were ripped out. However, if this is the case with your home, all is not lost. You can pick up things such as antique fireplaces and vintage doors on online marketplaces or in local salvage yards. In addition, a few carefully chosen antiques or soft furnishings in a period style can help to recapture that original atmosphere.
Bring it up to date
As much as many people would like to retain a sense of history within their period home, it is also important to bring the look up to date. Add contrasting touches such as modern lighting or bold colour choices for the walls to give it a more contemporary edge. On a more practical level, modern appliances, fixtures and fittings can create much more functionality within the home.
Make it yours
However, you choose to renovate your period property, it’s essential you make it work for you. We understand how important it is to be sympathetic to the period, but it also needs to be as functional for modern life as possible. The home is for living, after all. Take this house we renovated in Edinburgh’s The Grange for example, where the owner asked us to make the most of high ceilings by creating bespoke bookshelves that took full advantage of the available space to create the perfect home office.
Unlock the potential within your period property
To see examples of how Revere Contracts has transformed period properties and unlocked their potential, follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram. And if you’d like to embark upon your own renovation project, call us on 0345 241 7010 to arrange a free, no-obligation appointment.