Period properties are full of charm and character, but there are a number of things that you need to update when living in them. When updating your period property, you need to find the right balance between the original character that you love and some modern conveniences. After all, you do not want to remove all the character from an older house. Consider updating your property in the following areas to carefully modernise while preserving period features.
A lot of older homes were not properly insulated and this can have a major impact on your bank account and carbon footprint. There are five different ways that your house will be losing heat and they are through draughts, walls, glass, floors and the loft. Draughts will cause a 30% loss while the loft only a 10% loss, but glass is also a major contender in heat loss. If you have an old conservatory, consider conservatory roof replacement where thermally efficient glass can be installed.
Improving the insulation in your home will reduce the heat loss and costs associated with this. It is recommended that you have the new insulation professionally installed to avoid air quality and moisture issues. If you want to do this yourself, you need to ensure that you wear the right safety gear such as a face mask and goggles.
While replacing an old boiler will be expensive, it is something that you need to do. When doing this, you should consider a high efficiency, condensing boiler. These boilers are believed to convert around 86% of their fuel into heat which is high compared to the 65% for older G-rated boilers. The cost of a new boiler can be high, but you will recoup this money over time with your annual savings.
Outdated electrical systems are not only an inconvenience, but they are also a major safety hazard as they can cause electrical fires and shocks. Many period properties were built before electrical lighting was standard in houses. If your period property has not been re-wired in the last 30 years, you will need to have this done.
There are a number of signs that you can look for which tell you it is time to update the electrical system. If your home has an old-fashioned fuse box with a wood back or iron switches, you need to hire an electrician. If there is a mixture of socket and switch styles in the house, a partial rewire may be needed.
If the cables in your home are covered in fabric, lead or black rubber, you need to have it all updated as a matter of priority. All modern cables will be uPVC coated. Additionally, if you have light bulbs that frequently blow, you need to call in a professional.
The original features in your home add to the charm and are probably one of the reasons why you bought the property. These features can also make amazing focal points for your rooms. This is why you have to do some research before you add to the original features.
You should also reconsider restoring the features to a perfect condition. You may lose some of the charm and make them blend in instead of standing out from the newer features in the house, so this should be done with caution.
Regardless of how much you love your period property, you will probably have to update the kitchen if it is very old. When doing this, you should not be afraid of adding some more modern elements to the room. Having a clean and functional design will help to limit the outdated look in the future.
Updating your kitchen will also add to the value of your home with new floors, cabinets and worktops adding almost £27,000 according to FMB research. This means that sprucing up the kitchen is a good investment as well.
Living in a period property is something that a lot of people dream about and it could be the culmination of a lot of hard work. However, older properties do need a bit of work to get them to the standards that you would be used to in a modern home. These tips should help you to get started with the updating of your period home.