How to restore a period property without losing its charm
“Out with the old and in with the new” – something you never want to hear when restoring a period property.
If you’re lucky enough to own a heritage home, congratulations! You’re living in your very own piece of history. And it’s for this reason that you need to be careful to preserve the charm and character of the building. It’s always best to hire professionals when renovating and styling such delicate properties, but here are some tips that will help you keep your home in good nick.
Go easy on me
Gentleness is key when restoring or even cleaning old buildings. Many products are simply too harsh on antique finishes. Most dust and dirt will simply wipe clean with a damp cloth, and you can use a mild detergent to disinfect surfaces.
Praise the patina
It may break your heart to see your period property covered in marks over time, wishing you could restore these features to their former glory. But it’s these imperfections that give your home its character. Some people will pay a lot of money for their new home to look just as lived in!
Focus on function
Having antique features is great, but not when your plumbing doesn’t work properly or the windows are so rattly they can’t keep out the slightest breeze. When restoring a period property, don’t try and fix what isn’t broken (the aesthetic). Simply focus on making sure the home is functional for modern times, and these fixes are usually the unseen ones.
Hello from the outside
Owning a period property is kind of a responsibility in itself – that’s why you often have to ask special permission to even go ahead with changes. Make sure that as much attention as you pay to the interiors, you don’t neglect the exteriors. Historic bricks may need special maintenance, not just from an aesthetic view but keeping the building structurally sound. With your safety concerned here, it’s only fair to say you’ll need an expert!
All we ask…
Please do NOT put linoleum down over beautiful hardwood floors!
Need an expert’s touch?
BOWERBIRD Interiors are experienced in refreshing period properties without losing any of their wow factor. Styled to Keep fills your home with beautifully curated brand new furniture pieces you keep forever. We also organise professional and careful renovations through our ASSIST service. If you’re interested in styling, as well as our interest-free Pay Later option, get in touch! You can either call us on 02 9531 2233 or use the contact form to set up an initial call and free consultation.