Owning and living in a period home can present a somewhat sensitive challenge when it comes to making home improvements. Trying to breathe new life into the home could potentially erase all traces of its treasured history.
If you’re lucky enough to live in one of these historical beauties, you probably cherish the ornate details and features that give the home its charm. However, there comes a time when every old house needs a makeover, either structural or cosmetic. Here are some things to consider when renovating your period home.
- What is the goal?
First and foremost, you must be sure of what you’d like to change or improve and why. If you’re making changes only to resell, instead invest in renovating features that will increase the home’s resale value. This could be fixing a structural issue or repairing a distinguishing period feature. On the other hand, if you plan to settle in the home, invest in changes that will make it comfortable for you.
- Preserving heritage vs. meeting contemporary needs
Having clear goals will help you strike a balance between maintaining the home’s period charm and making it liveable in this day and age. It provides clarity on what needs to be prioritised. One way to do this is to build a contrasting, modern extension to the original structure. This marries the two eras, giving the nod to the heritage while staying relevant and trendy. Click here to view one of our period home ground floor extensions in Coburg. Notice the heritage fireplace in the first half of the house contrasted beautifully with the modern kitchen in the second half.
- The devil is in the detail
Don’t shy away from showcasing existing features, such as ceilings, chandeliers, window frames and door knobs. Keeping and improving on minute details such as these ensure a nuanced interpretation of the home’s heritage.
- Staying true to your home’s period
Renovating your house doesn’t make the real history behind it obsolete. Do some research about which period your home was designed and built in – a simple Google search should suffice. Use online platforms to identify the right kinds of accessories and designs you need to maintain the authentic style.
Period homes need a little more consideration when it comes to renovating. Call Supa Group Constructions to get the best out of your period home.
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