In fact, older homes are usually the ones that need a little love and DIY the most. Sadly, they can also be the most daunting as well as it can require considerable technical skill and funds to get them up to scratch. Happily, the guide below can help you get started to read on to find out all you need to know about renovating period properties.
Do educate yourself on grades and permissions.
First of all, when it comes to older properties, it’s a good idea to remember that some are protected by law. That means even if you own them you can’t just do any old DIY that you like and knock out walls or replace windows. In fact, for some properties especially grade 2* and grade one listed buildings, you need to go through a lengthy process of seeking permission to do any renovation work whatsoever.
Of course to be granted this you will need not only to show what you want to do, but also that it will be in keeping with the current aesthetic. Something that can make it time-consuming as well as costly. To that end, before you make any changes to a property, check that it’s not a listed building, and if you find that it o be sure to educate yourself carefully on what is allowed, as well as the permission process you will need to go through.
Do consider whether to repair or replace.
Speaking of period features, this will still be a concern with your building is listed or not. After all, they are hugely popular, add appeal to buyers if you want to sell, and can improve the look of your home.
Of course, the major issue with such features is when they are in particularly bad condition, and you need to decide whether to replace them or repair them. In fact, for many, repairing can be a way to ensure that the renovation work stays as true to the original design as possible. However, sometimes this just isn’t possible.
In fact, it frequently takes a technical knowledge that is beyond the typical DIYer. Also, if such features are related to safety, as they would be on doors and window it can be necessary to replace them for safety and security reasons.
Happily, some businesses provide custom period ironmongery that can help you achieve the right look, something you can learn more by clicking the link. Then you will be able to ensure aesthetic consistency without jeopardising usability, or security either.
Don’t go over beard with unnecessary work.
Lastly, when it comes to DIY in older houses, be careful that you don’t end up overshooting your budget by doing work that isn’t 100% necessary. After all, one of the best things about homes that aren’t brand new is that they have a bit of character.
Something that you can quickly lose if you gut them, so it looks like a show home. To that end, make use features like bare brick walls, beams, and even stone flooring. In fact, by showing them a bit of love and cleaning them up instead of covering the over completely, you can really get the best DIY result in an older property.