Renovating a period property enables you to bring a building back to its former glory, including updating some of the character features. As well as alcoves and beams, it’s the attention to detail that can make or break a restoration project. Everything from the handles and door hardware to the doors themselves, and rather than having to buy new doors that are created in period style, you can remove existing doors and have them refinished, giving you an authentic finish to every room in the house.
One of the benefits of buying a period property is that they include some of the original features. Large open fires, bay windows, and even wooden beams, may be found throughout the property. While some renovation and repair may be required, if you want to retain the period character, then it is important that the work you have done on these features is sympathetic to your end goal. Having modern looking skirting boards to replace traditional skirting can ruin the look of the whole room.
Some features may not be considered energy efficient by modern standards. This is especially true of windows, doors, and other glazing. Many period properties still have singled glazing, and while you might want the heating and energy benefits that double glazing has to offer, this not only means choosing a style that is in keeping with the look of the property, but it may not be possible to get planning permission to make this kind of change.
When it comes to planning permission, you typically only need permission for changes that affect the exterior of the property, but this may not always be the case, so you should determine whether you will need to seek and gain permission before making any changes yourself. You still need to follow regulations regarding permitted changes, and any work needs to meet relevant building regulations. This can prove especially important if you are considering opening up the fireplace. Modern chimney and fire requirements are significantly different to those of 100 years ago, so some work may be required.
From an aesthetic point of view, features like alcoves and ceiling roses may need repairing, and while modernising usually means repairing and restoring, it doesn’t have to mean making something look modern. You can retain the character charm of these and other items by having them sympathetically refinished, and it is worth considering all of the elements in a room. Traditional door handles and hinges will perfectly finish a door that has been spray finished so that it looks like the original door is still in place.
The doors are the first thing that many people will see when they walk in a room, and a modern door will not fit in with the traditional design and the character features of the room. Rather than investing in doors from other period properties, if you have still have the original doors, but they are looking jaded, then you can have them spray finished with an aged or antiqued look to match the aesthetic design of the rest of the room, and the rest of the property.
Atlas Spray Finishes provide professional, high quality finishing for furniture, cabinetry, doors, and other items. Enjoy the period character that your period property deserves with newly finished, traditional doors.