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Historic home renovations: 8 sympathetic restoration ideas

Renovating a period property can sometimes seem like a daunting prospect. Whether you’ve recently bought an older property or have lived in one for some time; the scale of any restoration work can be off putting. Fortunately, we have the knowledge and expertise to help with your historic home renovations. In our latest blog, we are offering 8 sympathetic restoration ideas to help you tastefully upgrade your historic home.

1. Retain period features

When undertaking restoration work on a period property it is important to retain as much of its original character as possible. Period features can often be repaired and restored to almost perfect condition; sometimes, however, it is necessary to replace them. When your windows need replacing replace with something sympathetic to the building’s aesthetics. Our timber alternative windows are the perfect choice for a period property renovation.

Stone balustrades and period porches can be tastefully re-created while plaster cornices and columns can usually be restored to highlight any original detailing. When working on period properties planning permission may be required. It is always best to check with your local authority before any alterations begin.

2. Repair timber flooring

Many period houses have beautiful wooden floors. Whether parquet or tongue and groove, when in good condition, wooden floors have a charm all of their own. Restoring wooden floors, though time consuming, is well worth the effort.

Once you have repaired or replaced any damaged sections, sanding can begin. When sanding, try to get as smooth and level a finish as possible as this will help when you come to the final stage. Once the floor has been sanded make sure that you thoroughly vacuum the whole area to ensure it is completely free from dust. Clean with a damp cloth after vacuuming to ensure the area is totally dust free.

Once the floor is clean and dust free it’s a good idea to apply the final coat as quickly as possible to avoid any dirt building up or dust settling. Whether you choose to apply a natural oil or varnish; the finish will be smooth and shiny and will accentuate the beauty of the wood’s natural grain.

3. Source period ironmongery

Bronze letter plates and brass lion’s head door knockers. Art Deco style brass pull door handles and solid rim locks. Period ironmongery will add the finishing touches to your historic home renovations. If the ironmongery on your home has deteriorated over time, it’s easy to source authentic period pieces. Vintage and reclaimed hardware are widely available to tastefully restore all eras of property.

4. Choose era specific paint colours

Depending on the era your home was built; the colour scheme should reflect the fashions of the time. For Georgian properties, deep greens and dark reds were popular which complemented the striking architecture of the time. During the Victorian and Edwardian eras, the trend was towards paler pastel shades of pink, blue and cream which looked good with the ornate door frames and window surrounds popular in these periods.

Not only should the internal décor reflect the colour trends of the time; choosing the best colour for your exterior window frames will provide the perfect look for your period home. Fortunately, our uPVC sash windows are available in a range of coloured foils and can also be factory finished with any RAL colour.

5. Enhance exterior stone

Historic stone houses that have lost their lustre and become weathered and discoloured can regain their original vibrancy with a coat of Limewash. Limewash is perfect for porous surfaces such as stone, brick, and plaster. It has a matt finish and can be coloured with natural pigments for a glowing sheen.

Traditional farmhouses and country cottages that have withstood years of exposure to the elements will gain a new lease of life with a simple coat of Limewash.

6. Restore feature fireplaces

Original fireplaces that have been fire damaged or become stained and corroded can usually be restored to create a striking feature in any room of the home. Depending on the condition of the fireplace, surfaces can be sandblasted and polished, leaving cast iron areas looking fresh and new. Any damaged tile or slate surrounds can easily be replaced to create a brilliant focal point.

If you are missing any parts such as grates, bars, hoods, and ash pan covers; these can be re-cast from the original patterns to complete the restoration. For the final touch, a black heat resistant paint can be used to give a stylish finish to any fireplace’s interior.

7. Upgrade sash windows

Our Rose Collection Approved Installers will fit uPVC sash windows that replicate the style of their traditional timber counterpart. We offer sash windows based on the popular styles of the Edwardian, Victorian, and Georgian periods. We have 3 different sash window collections to choose from so there’s sure to be the perfect choice to perfectly complement your property.

We have worked on many properties in conservation areas, so you can rest assured that with the Rose Collection, your period home is in good hands. Our uPVC sash windows are LOW MAINTENANCE, energy efficient, secure, and will ensure that your historic home renovations are always in keeping with the area’s traditional character.

8. Tastefully redecorate

Once all the major features of your period home have been restored; you can focus on the interior décor. Choose a floral-patterned wallpaper on your Georgian feature wall; or paint your internal doors and skirting in a pastel shade in your classic Victorian villa.

Whatever era your home was built, we can provide style advice on the trends and fashions of the time. For more information on our range of uPVC sash windows call 01234 712 657 or contact us online.

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