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    Preserving the past

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    The charm and character of a period property can be irresistible, conjuring up idyllic domestic scenes in the imagination. Nevertheless restoring a period property presents particular challenges for those contemplating carrying out the work themselves. Anyone considering purchasing and renovating a small piece of our architectural heritage should be fully aware of what they are taking on.

    The amount of work required will depend on the condition of the property; on whether it is just dilapidated or derelict. Another factor that needs to be considered is the possible necessity of employing traditional building crafts and materials in the renovation. This could take the form of a thatched roof, a distemper wall covering, wattle and daub walls, timber beams, building lime and metal frame windows with traditional glazing such as rolled glass.

    It is already becoming clear that renovating a period property is a major undertaking that requires considerable expertise and commitment. For those possessing these qualities, restoring a run-down building to its former glory is an extremely rewarding experience.

    Original features

    For those seriously thinking about buying and renovating a period property, but have limited knowledge of architectural styles of the past, we’ve put together an introduction of the features that characterised property in Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian Britain.

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