Fallen in love with an old property that needs a lot of love to bring back to life? Many people fall for Victorian style properties, many aged over 150 years old. Due to this a lot of the houses, even if in working order, require a lot of attention to restore into something suitable for modern life.
As you would expect houses as old as original Victorian homes can have a lot of wear and tear, fixing this alone is a big job but is down solely to professionals. Once the basics of the house have been restored and safe for use its down to you to restore the traditional features. Nowadays, most people tend to incorporate more modern designs with Victorian designs to create a very mixed feel in the house. However, it is still difficult knowing where to start, without a clear picture in your mind you can go round in circles about what you want the end picture to look like.
When it comes to those little details here’s some guidance for you to follow.
Many Victorian houses had a fire place in every room, however a lot of these have been covered up and removed apart from in living rooms. Restoring the fireplace can completely transform a room. You can find Victorian fireplaces in London that are made in different material and different designs but all follow the same theme. The most common would be a stone fireplace, even if you decide to modernise your home slightly, a stone Victorian fireplace will always look perfect. Be sure to always check whether your property has a real working fireplace, this will determine whether you can have a real fire or a gas fire.
Many Victorian properties features sash windows, these opened by sliding the lower portion of the window upwards. Many people will replace the windows entirely with more modern opening double glazed windows, however, sash windows can sometimes be fitted with double glazing to help keep heat in.
An essential to keeping a Victorian theme running is having good quality floorboards and tiles fitted around the house. Although carpet was introduced later in the Victorian era and many people wanting carpet in bedrooms mainly for heat, wood and tile flooring looks fantastic in a Victorian themed home.
Although a Victorian kitchen proves impractical for modern living now certain features can be restored. Features such as a range oven have a very traditional feel and a perfect addition to any themed property.
An essential to any Victorian house is to follow the theme into the bathroom. A place many people relax after a hard day, if it isn’t just right it can affect the whole feel. Keeping features such as a self-standing roll-top bath looks stunning.