September 19, 2020

How To Renovate A Period Property

Period properties can be incredibly attractive, they are often beautiful to look at, and the sense of history that you feel as you walk through them is something that you just can’t find in a more modern home. A lot of people also tend to go for period properties because older homes often have more space around them and are perceived to have a more solid construction.

The only downside with a period property, of course, is that they were built in a time before insulation and other modern building techniques, so it can be more challenging to keep them warm and dry while still maintaining the aesthetic that you are hoping for.

There are some things that you can do to make your home the cozy haven that you are hoping for, however.

If your home has a straightforward loft space, then loft insulation can be a relatively simple DIY task that will help your home to retain heat. If your space is more complex, then contact a specialist insulation company that will be able to help you.

According to Countrylife, if your home was built before 1920, then it will likely have solid rather than cavity walls, so cavity wall insulation won’t be possible. Solid wall insulation can not only help you to retain heat, but also to reduce problems with condensation and damp. The two main methods for solid wall insulation are using rigid prefabricated boards or attaching a timber or metal stud work frame to the wall and filling with insulation before plastering. This is a professional job that is likely to be expensive. An alternative to this is using a DIY wall veneer roll, which you can then paper over.

Draft Exclusion
It’s worth spending some time resolving any issues with drafts, either from chimneys or door frames, as you will lose a lot of heat this way. 

You can buy draft excluders for your chimney and draft excluding tape for your doors relatively cheaply in any DIY store, so it’s a job that’s worth doing. Draft excluding tape is also helpful if you have doors that bang in the wind!

Heating System
A modern heating system is likely to be a great deal more efficient than an older one, and will usually have the added benefit of being able to control the temperature by room. 

If you don’t want a modern radiator spoiling the aesthetic of your room, then consider a cast iron radiator from Warmrooms to allow you the convenience of a modern heating system with a rustic aesthetic.

You can lose a lot of heat through your windows. Contact a double glazing specialist and see if they can replace your windows with double glazing that is in keeping with the aesthetic of your home. Many providers can offer traditional looking frames that won’t spoil the look of your home. If you don’t want double glazing, then even replacing the existing single glazing will make a difference to the temperature of your home, as older glass window panes are incredibly thin.

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  2. Thanks for sharing this. I love this kind of topics. I love watching flipping too 😃


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