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When we set out to buy a home, it can feel like an impossible task. So many potential homes to choose from, too many factors to consider. There’s your budget, the location, and everything in between. The one thing you can’t predict is the feeling you get when you step through the door. The feeling is like trying on your wedding dress for the first time. You just know. No one can tell you how it feels or describe it to you; it’s just there. So what happens if you get that feeling, and the home is a bit of a disaster zone? Needing perhaps more work than you had anticipated? Rest assured, here is an essential guide to making an older home feel brand new. Creating your perfect space.
Think about the exterior and structure
A big giveaway of a property age is the exterior look. A house or property can have the tell tale signs of brickwork looking shabby, maybe some parts having broken away. One big giveaway is the windows, and whether you need to think about a Sash Window Repair or having to use wood instead of modern feature likes UPVC to keep up with the character of the house, itcan make it look a little dated and in need of some attention. Then there might be the walls, or the doors, the roof perhaps. This is where you may need to consider getting some professionals in to take out any structural repair. An older property might not be the most energy efficient building, so often making improvements such as new windows or doors, or wall repairs, can give you the opportunity to make the house more energy viable. Which could make a big saving on those energy bills.
Make use of original features
A lot of older properties have beautiful original features like exposed beams or fireplaces. These are a wonderful design feature to any home and are worth restoring and keeping if you can. They make great talking points and can work well with a modern design. This is where you can keep the character, and if it might be a house that you may go on to eventually sell,. It could be a huge selling point to potential new owners. Further to that, original features are often beautiful when restore dright, such as Victorian doors or fireplaces, for example.
Add a modern twist
An older property may look desirable. But that doesn’t mean the kitchen and bathroom will be. Often in this kind of property, those features may not have been improved for some time. So it’s the perfect opportunity to add a modern twist to the home by adding a fantastic state of the art kitchen and serene bathroom suite. These are the rooms that often add value to a property so don’t be too worried about losing your investment. Some people can also be put off by adding modern twists to older homes, but they can work really well from a design point of view. You could look at adding more character pieces like a belfast sink in the kitchen or stand alone bathtub, but it doesn’t mean that other aspects of it can’t have the modern edge that you might like.
Make the home work for you
A lot of the time, in older properties, the layouts don’t work for the modern living. So don’t be afraid to knock some walls down and make the internal space work for your family. Of course, the only thing to bear in mind here is any buildings that are listed. This is where you will need to speak to a conservation officer to ask what work you can and can’t do to the property. In most cases, any interior work is permitted. While it used to be the done thing to have separate spaces for everything such as reception rooms and dining, the modern lifestyle isn’t as clear cut as that. You may also want to look at additions to the house such as conservatories or extensions if you can. This is another way to make sure that the house works for you and your lifestyle.
Don’t forget the garden and landscaping
Finally, the garden and landscape can be a big feature of the property. So make sure you spend some time updating it. Even if you keep things simple with a pretty flowerbed and a well kept lawn. It can instantly change the kerb appeal of your new home.
Let’s hope this helps you if you have fallen in love with a home that needs some work.