If you’re thinking about buying an older property, say around 100 years old, it’s quite common to find that a lot of the original features have been hidden or removed. Sadly this can take away a lot of the characteristics, personality and style from your home.
When thinking about refurbishing an older property back to its former glory, it’s important to do your research, and make sure first and foremost that the property is structurally sound. Once this has been confirmed you can start looking at what rooms you’d like to start with, and begin researching ideas.
You’ll need to decide a budget. This will determine where you source most of your materials from. Whether you look in local builders yards etc or go straight to buying new items that look like they could have been original.
A lot of older houses have cast iron radiators such as the ones available online here, https://www.traderadiators.com. Cast iron radiators can really help to give your home a more traditional or rustic look, plus these rust resistant radiators are often available in a wide array of designs and finishes to suit your requirements.
Another thing you might like to do is install a dado rail. These help to break the wall in half which gives you the option of having either different coloured painted walls or different wallpapers. For example, you could have a stripped wallpaper on the lower half, and then a neutral colour paint on the upper half. This helps to add character to a room and gives a more homely feeling.
In addition to a dado rail, you might want to consider adding picture rails. This will enable you to hang pictures without having to put holes in the walls. You can buy a special hook which is used to hang pictures from a picture rail. This also leaves an area between the picture rail and the ceiling which can be painted the same colour as the ceiling which gives the impression that the room is bigger than what it actually is.
When it comes to flooring, a lot of older houses have solid wood block flooring. However, over the years, as fashions come and go, these types of flooring were considered outdated. As such they were often covered up. Should you lift the carpets up in an older house, 99 times out of 100, you’ll find solid wood block flooring. Nowadays you’d pay a fortune for the quality of wood that could be underneath your carpet, but for a fraction of the cost you can get in a company that will sand them down and varnish them for, bringing them back to their former glory.
In a lot of hallways, many of the older houses would have had colourful Victorian tiles laid. Again, if you remove the carpet, you may find these tiles underneath and when cleaned up, they’re a very welcoming sight when you walk through your front door.
These are just a few different ways that you can refurbish an older house to it’s former glory. Have you ever done this? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.