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Renovating an Old Home

Renovating an Old Home

Although older, more distinguished properties radiate a certain traditional charm, the classical Victorian home look is not always for everyone. Whether you’re a fan of technology, you like the new stylish designs of the 21st century, or you are simply looking at refurbishing your old classical home to make it more appealing to younger buyers, it is important to consider all aspects of the property when renovating an old home.

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Research is always important when it comes to a home renovation, particularly for older properties as they may have been constructed using different materials from the homes we build today. Historic properties in themselves bring with them a few ‘health problems’ and it is important to do sufficient research regarding these issues before jumping straight into a renovation without any idea of the potential damage you could do to an older property.

For example, with timber framed properties, it is important to consider the structural integrity of the property if you are thinking of knocking down a wall or two. Although supporting walls are not generally timber framed, it is important to make sure you know which walls provide structural support so that you do not knock them down!

When making aesthetic renovations and interior design improvements, follow our renovations checklist below or create your own inspired by the list below:

Choose your Theme
Before you start renovations, it is important to have an idea of how you would like your end design to look. Although it may be fun to simply wing it and see what you come up with, more often than not this leads to wasted money and an interior that looks a bit sub-par when it comes to design.

Want to go for cool tones with a subtle beach theme? Are you a fan of exotic animals and like warm, desert tones? Are you looking to achieve a stylish stark white, futuristic theme? By choosing the theme ahead of time, you can coordinate your accessories, carpets, flooring, furnishings and more, making it far easier to organize once renovations are underway.

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Complimenting Styles
If you want to combine styles and themes, make sure that the styles work well with each other. Order small samples and place them side by side, or try to imagine how they will look when combined with each other. Be brutal! It can be devastating to find out that a particular style of arm chair does not fit well with your chosen color scheme just because you have not planned ahead.

It is also important to bear in mind that example photos may not accurately depict the size or style of objects that have been ordered online. If you can, choose your furnishings in showrooms where you can accurately measure the furniture and imagine how it may look in your refurbished home.

Renovating traditional furniture
There are a number of family run upholsterers, interior designers and other businesses who will happily take an old and worn piece of furniture and refurbish it with a modern twist. Professional upholsterers will often ask you how you would like the new piece to look, so you have a massive range of customization options.

Don’t be afraid to look for specialists when it comes to refurbishing old, antique radiators, bathtubs and sinks too. Many older cast iron radiators are beautifully designed and can be refurbished to fit into the new, more contemporary theme of your home. Ask a professional and be surprised at the personal renovation services they can offer you!

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Finishing Touches
Small accessories and accessories that help to create a homely atmosphere must fit in with your chosen theme. Furnishings such as floor rugs, chair throws, storage solutions, hanging baskets, etc. can really add a touch of flair to a refurbished room. Try not to go too overboard. If you have too many finishing touches in a single room it can look overcrowded, which is not a good look no matter how small or large your property is. Choose furnishings based on usefulness first, then aesthetic design. If it serves no ultimate purpose, it has no real place in your sleek new designs.

Mike James is the content editor for

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