When you are buying a house, the easiest option is to go for a new build property that is all ready to move in. You don’t need to worry about making any renovations and the place will be nicely decorated. If you do want to make changes, that’s fine, but it isn’t essential. However, new build houses do have their downsides.
The price is one of the biggest issues because you will pay a lot of money for a brand new house that is ready to move in. A lot of people also find that they don’t have that much character. All of the houses tend to look the same as they are built to the same specifications. You can decorate and make it your own, but if you want a house that has a lot of history and charm, a new build won’t work for you.
Instead, you should consider buying an old period property and renovating it yourself. When house prices are on the rise and it’s harder than ever to save up the money that you need for a deposit, this is a far more cost effective option. You will also get a far more unique house with a lot more potential. But only if you can renovate it properly, and that’s where a lot of people go wrong.
You won’t save any money if you pay contractors to do it all, so you will need to do a lot of the work yourself. The key is knowing what you should do yourself and what you should leave to the professionals. As a general rule, you can do anything cosmetic but anything structural or anything to do with the electrics or plumbing should be left to a contractor. It’s also important that you don’t ruin the features that make the house great in the first place, so you need to be careful.
If you are planning to renovate a period property of your own, here are some important rules that you need to follow.
Research The House
Before you start making any plans, you should spend some time researching the house itself. Knowing things like when the house was built and who the architect was, if you can find this out, will give you a lot of inspiration when you are planning the renovation. Now that you have an idea of the time period that the house was designed and built in, you can use some of the decorating styles from that era and incorporate it into a modern design.
It’s important that you respect the period that the house is from because if you start mixing and matching different styles, the end result won’t look good. Simple things like the style of the windows or the detail on the ceilings are specific to each period, and you need to make sure that things match.
Get A Survey Done
When you are looking at a house, you should always be on the lookout for any potential problems, but you are not an expert and there are things that you will miss. You might be able to spot any obvious damage, but you will not always notice the tell-tale signs of hidden problems. If you overlook something serious, you may find that you are way out of your depth when you start renovating the house. That’s why you need to get a survey done before you agree to buy the house.
A surveyor will be able to spot problems like roof damage, damp and mold, and pest problems. Then it’s up to you to decide how much work you are willing to take on. For example, if a house has pests, you don’t necessarily need to write it off. As long as they have not caused too much structural damage yet, you can call in a pest control service and deal with the problem fairly easily. But if termites have eaten through everything, that’s a big task to take on and you should think twice. The same can be said of roof damage because it varies a lot. Sometimes, you might just need to replace a few tiles, and that’s fine. But if there is a giant hole right in the middle of the roof, that’s going to be expensive to fix.
Mix Modern And Traditional
When you are renovating a period property, it’s important that you respect the original building and you preserve some of the main features that give the house its charm. But that doesn’t mean that you have to decorate your home in exactly the same way that it looked when it was first built. Instead, you should mix modern and traditional styles together to create something fresh and unique. Check out this living room design for some inspiration on using traditional styles to create something modern and bright. Often the best way to do it is to use modern furniture and then accent it with accessories that mirror the traditional style. That way, you still maintain the historic feel of the house but it doesn’t look like a museum.
Use The Small Spaces
New build homes are very efficient in the way that they are designed, but older houses tend to have a lot of nooks and crannies all over the place, and you should use these small spaces. They can make great storage spaces if you spend a little money on some custom made cupboards and shelving units. If you are not going to use them for storage, make sure to decorate them with lamps or smaller accessories like a side table so they are not left empty. If you don’t do anything with them, these small alcoves can make the room look empty and oddly shaped. But when used effectively, they create a much more interesting space than you would find in any new build home.
A period property can be a great investment, just make sure that you follow these rules when renovating it so you can give a modern twist without losing its original charm.