If you’re the proud owner of a Victorian, Edwardian or Georgian period house you’ve probably been bitten by the restoration bug. Thankfully this isn’t some terrible type of wood burrowing beetle but a lust to return your home to its original style yet still keep all the modern conveniences.
Here's 8 sure-fire tips on how to add value to your period property.
Traditional Front Door
Get the first impression right and your half way towards increasing the saleability of your home. If you have a uPVC door replacing it with a timber door will instantly improve curb appeal, painting your door and fitting a matching set of furniture including a central door knob will increase the appeal further. Consider Farrow & Ball exterior paint and for the finishing touches, The Period Iron Monger stocks everything you’ll need and I dare you not to fall in love with their Davenport Rimlocks!
Cast Iron Radiator
The standard flat white radiator common in all homes across this isle are at best mildly horrible and boring, at worst they are an outright eyesore. Ripping out your existing radiator and replacing it with a cast iron Victorian work of art will really make a feature out of your homes heating system and add on the pounds. If your budget doesn’t stretch to replacing them all then a coat of heat resistant paint to help them blend in to the walls will work wonders. The Victorian Emporium has a wonderful range.
Sash Window Restoration
You will have noticed that although beautiful, your original single pane timber sash windows are not very good at keeping the warmth in and the cold out leading to a draughty uncomfortable home and higher than necessary energy bills. A full window restoration by Ventrolla including installation of slim double glazing will allow you to keep the charm and heritage in your original sash windows but benefit from modern energy efficiency and draught proofing which can only be a good thing!
Impressive Fireplaces & Hob Grate
There is nothing more grand than an open brick fireplace and nothing sadder than a 1970’s gas fire and a blocked flue. Wood burners are very fashionable at the moment but if you really want to set your home apart and add an element of surprise and wonder you can’t do better than a beautiful Georgian Hourglass Cast Iron Hobgrate. Sitting like a sturdy protector in your fire place the Hobgrate not only focuses the heat of the fire into the room instead of straight up the chimney but it also provides shoulders to pop a copper kettle or a carafe of mulled wine on to heat gently.
You want to be sure that when your guests, potential buyers or indeed the handy man who’s asked “can I just use your loo?” walk into your bathroom their reaction is one of stunned amazement at the beautifully tasteful environment you’ve managed to create. Period touches such as roll-top and ‘slipper’ baths are an obvious place to start but don’t neglect other fittings. A traditional flush pull brings personality to your bathroom whilst a period style shower continues the Victorian look through to the finest detail. For the ultimate in Victorian bathroom ware how about this envy inducing copper high level cistern from Catchpole and Rye.
Quintessential Floor tiles (internal and external)
Wow anyone that walks over your threshold with original vintage floor tiles. Geometric floor tiles where popular in public buildings, churches and wealthier Victorian homes, practical and stunning why wouldn’t you want to add this feature to your period home? You may not even need to add them, they could already be hiding under you current flooring, for those who do need to restore The Vintage Floor Tile Company have a range suited to the Victorian and Edwardian era.
The heart and corner stone of any house, a well thought-out and crucially, sympathetic remodelling of a kitchen can add 10% to the value of your home. Beware though of going overboard, you won’t recoup the cost of a new kitchen if it's far grander than the rest of the house or in a clashing style. Traditional charm does not mean you can’t have all the mod cons. Hidden extractor fans, clever and innovative storage options, elegantly lit display drawers and built in wine racks all help to bring your kitchen to life!
John Lewis (Not that John Lewis) of Hungerford have a beautiful range of period kitchens.
Tactile Mechanical Door Bells
Door bells, you need one and they are often the first contact you have with a house so why not make it a good one? The Victorian Lighting Company have a handmade range in different styles and you can even purchase original bells. Restoring this quirky feature makes for an interesting first impression and offers a beguiling tactile experience that adds to the curb appeal of your period property. Easily installed with a simple kit and instructions, you have no excuse!