At Ventrolla we love restoring and replacing timber sash windows on a wide variety of domestic and commercial buildings. Many of the properties we come across have beautiful period charm; and with that can come listed building status.
Age tends to be the key decider of whether a building is listed. Buildings that pre‐date 1700 will be listed and most from pre‐1840 are likely to be as well. Modern buildings will also be listed if they have significance or are considered to be under threat. In total, listed buildings make up around 2% of England’s building heritage.
We certainly think the appeal of owning a listed property outweighs the disadvantages but there are many practical considerations you need to take in to account. You will need listed building consent in addition to planning consent for any updates you wish to make to your home.
Here are our top tips to help you navigate your way through:
When it comes to your windows, we can help. Ventrolla have over 35 years experience working with listed properties and are committed to providing you with the best advice and guiding you step‐by‐step through the process.
When upgrading or refurbishing your windows most councils and conservation officers would ask that you renovate your windows where possible, saving as much of the original window. Upgrading is nearly always preferable to replacement. We’ve helped many listed property owners through the planning application process – providing our window‐by-window survey, our recommendations and any drawings or technical specifications needed to help the councils understand the work that will be undertaken.