If you’ve got big designs involving bespoke joinery for your period London home, you’ll undoubtedly be looking to put your stamp on your space. While we don’t want to say that there’s a right thing and a wrong thing to do with your home, there are some home renovations which could devalue a period property, according to specialist estate agents.
The biggest mistake could be replacing original windows in a period property, especially if choosing PVC windows over replacement sash windows. Though it’s a big outlay, wooden sash windows will retain value if looked after. If you have to go plastic, go for a traditional sash style still.
Never paint exterior brickwork as this can’t really ever be undone. If the exterior of your property needs a facelift, think about repointing.
Not many people these days will opt to rip out an original fireplace, but also don’t be tempted to remove matching inset tiles to match your new scheme. They’re an important part of the history and buyer’s may be put off in the future by your decision.
If you want to put down carpet, putting it down over an original tile floor could be a big mistake. This will inevitably damage the tiles, but an original tile floor can be cleaned up and polished, and any broken tiles fixed.
Where possible, you should retain original staircases, replacing anything that needs to be, while keeping its original nature. If you’re looking for a new staircase, consider choosing balustrades and bannisters which match the period of your home