How To Make The Most Of A Period Home

By January 14, 2020 No Comments

If you’re lucky enough to have a period property, one of the things that probably attracted you to it were its period features. While these certainly give a home character and provide you with some interesting design features, it can make it tricky to know what you can do to add value to your home.

An article for Property Wire recently suggested some of the top things you can do to spruce up a period property and really make the most of its unique features.

At the top of the list is looking at your windows. Timber windows, in particular, are a lovely feature on many period homes. If your frames and sills aren’t looking as good as they could, explore whether they need repairing or replacing.

One of the good things about timber frames is that, unlike their UPVC counterparts, they can be repaired.

But if you feel they’re beyond repair, it’s certainly worth getting a quote for new timber windows in Berkshire in the new year.

If you are going to invest in new windows, just make sure you consider how insulating they are and, if possible, opt for double glazing.

Another feature that you can make the most of in your period home is the floor. Vintage wooden flooring is stunning when it’s properly looked after and it certainly introduces the right kind of atmosphere to a period home.

If you’re not sure whether you have the original flooring in your home, do a little investigating to find out what lies beneath the carpet or other flooring that you currently have. If you find that you’ve still got original floorboards, it’s well worth paying for restoration work to bring them back to their best.

Accessorise your vintage wooden floors with rugs to make a room feel more cosy and to provide some softness under foot.

When it comes to the exterior of your home, it’s not only the windows that it’s worth looking at but also the front door. Chances are you’ll have a striking timber door, and you can make even more of this by including features like vintage door knockers.

“Always look to repair instead of replace if possible. Ensure the door is draught-proof, securely locks and is freshly painted, treated or polished,” the publication asserted.

In terms of the decorative features, you may want to consider how homes were decorated in the era in which your home was constructed. The news provider recommends looking at traditional historic colour palettes to give your home a classic look inside and out.

If you want to do some work to the exterior of your home, be mindful of the fact that materials like cement can damage brickwork. Instead, opt for lime mortar on the exterior walls, for example.

Other features that you should look at repairing or renovating include fireplaces and, in the case of Victorian properties, cast iron radiators. Where the fireplace is concerned, you should make sure it looks the part even if you’re not intending to use it for an open fire.

Cast iron radiators, meanwhile, can be a great feature in a property if you can renovate the original features. You could always replace modern radiators with cast iron ones if you don’t have the original ones in place already.

The news provider also revealed that it’s possible to replicate the look and feel of a cast iron radiator by applying a coat of heat-resistant paint to your existing radiator. This is a much cheaper and easier option than replacing your radiators.

Period features are something that homeowners are increasingly looking for though. Earlier this year, estate agent Jackson-Stops carried out a survey of people who are living in new-build properties and found that the majority would like to see period features incorporated into their design.

In fact, 77 per cent of those questioned said that they would like to have things like ceiling roses, cornices and bay windows in new-build homes.

Bay windows were the most popular period feature identified, although open fireplaces, sweeping staircases, country kitchens and high ceilings were other design features that people would like to find in modern properties.

So, if you’re lucky enough to live in a period home that has some or all of these features, you should make the most of them. Doing so can also add value to your property should you decide to move. Given how in-demand these kinds of features are, it’s well worth exploring how you can spruce up your home and highlight its origins through your decor choices.