Expert Tips on Renovating a Victorian or Edwardian Property.
Property development allows you to put your stamp on a building, from changing its use to renovating the interior. But, some properties come with their own history and period features. As a result, many developers can struggle to know how to renovate these properties while staying complimentary to their unique characteristics. Fortunately for you, we have put together our expert advice on renovating Victorian and Edwardian properties so that you can make the most of your period property investment.
Know what makes your Property Unique!
The Victorian and Edwardian architectural styles made a significant impact on architectural history, especially in the UK. Both of these styles are famous for their unique architecture and detailed artworks. And, consequently, it can be these intricate details that trip up many property developers and designers.
Developers and builders working on any property will face specific difficulties during a renovation. However, it can be challenging to decide on your approach when it comes to such impactful buildings and their of-the-time features. For example, do you take on the job of recreating a Victorian or Edwardian style and transform the property into its former glory? Or, do you try to retain the style in collaboration with the modern style? Both processes can be just as tricky.
The Differences Between Victorian and Edwardian Properties
To do justice to your period development, it is crucial you understand the characteristics of your building and what makes it unique. Victorian and Edwardian properties have their differences and being able to identify these will help you create an authentic and complementary design.
The Victorian period span from 1837 to 1901. It was during this time that coloured brickwork, high-pitched roofs and large bay windows were introduced to our streets. Victorian houses were known for their narrow hallways and larger rooms, each with its own fireplace. Properties oozed wealth through elaborate designs, geometric tiled floors and stained windows.
When it comes to the composition of Victorian properties, building surveyors will be familiar with the natural ‘breathing cycle’ in traditional solid-walled buildings and the importance of traditional lime-based solutions. It is worth noting, however, that the advice dispensed by the architectural profession until relatively recently took little account of the now broadly accepted conservation-led approach.
Furthermore, as a profession, architects still have a significant role to play in enlightening homeowners, builders, mortgage lenders, valuers (and even some fellow surveyors) who remain unaware of how traditional buildings function. With period properties, it is important to work with them, not against them. Look to preserve what you can and always seek an experts opinion if you are unsure.
The Edwardian period followed from 1901 to 1914 and was, in comparison, a much shorter era for this country. King Edward enjoyed the finer, more luxurious things in life, and the Edwardian period very much adopted his characteristics.
Moreover, it was during this period that there was a boom in housing developments within the suburbs. London and home country properties were in high demand too, as commuting became popular by the railway.
The properties in this time saw red bricks and mock Tudor timber cladding dominate. With their interiors changing to wide hallways, parquet wood flooring, as well as wider, broader and taller rooms. The characteristics of Edwardian properties caused them to be known as the most spacious than other styles of homes in Britain and, consequently, why they are so popular amongst property developers today.
Edwardian properties make an excellent renovation investment. They are solid-built houses which offer a lot of space for your money, making them a fantastic investment for developers. However, you must be careful and clever with your design. It is key to retain the unique signature designs of these properties, as this is where the value lies.
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