Renovating Period Homes – 5 key considerations

Kew dated grand Victorian home

Renovating or extending is a great opportunity to create your perfect custom home. Most period homes have great bones, are situated in a great location and they offer a certain charm that new homes just can’t match. However, given the age of period homes, they require special attention when you renovate them.

Renovating or extending can be a daunting process, but when you add period style into the mix, regulations and unforeseen costs can make it a risky task.

We have been renovating period homes for many years and we know your home will require a design that is sympathetic to your existing home. Having renovated many Victorian and Edwardian era homes and Californian Bungalows, we would like to share a little of our experience to help you with your renovation journey.

Here are our 5 key considerations when renovating period homes:

  1. Why renovate or extend?

There are many reasons for renovating or extending your existing home. Change in family size, increasing storage, downsizing, selling, modernizing or just making your home reflect your style.  Your renovation design will vary depending on the purpose of your extension/renovation. This will impact your budget, materials and timeframes, so it is important to be clear on your reason for renovating.

  1. Who gets a say in the design?

If you engage all family members about their wants and needs upfront, we find that the design phase moves more smoothly and there is less risk that people voice their issues halfway through the renovation.

  1. Keep it in style

It is worthwhile making the façade in keeping with the style of the home. From the fencing choice to the materials used, it is always worthwhile maintaining the street frontage as close to the original features of the era of home design as possible. Restoring period charm not only looks better but has a better chance of appealing to a larger audience base if renting or selling down the track.

  1. Hidden costs to watch out for

Given the age of period renovations, it may be necessary to consider some maintenance that may not be visible. Things like re-stumping, rewiring, fixing rising damp and other plumbing issues are some of the hidden costs of renovating an older home.

  1. Where you can, consider high-quality replicas

While you may have to allow for some of the hidden costs above there are now lots of replica lighting fixtures, door handles, plaster moulds and more that can save you thousands on a renovation.

Make a time to speak with Michael about your period renovation today.

See how Sherbrooke Constructions renovated this lovely period home as featured in the Grand Designs magazine

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