period homes

Some of our work involves upgrading and reconfiguring period homes for modern family living, including Protected Structures. Understanding the design helps us understand how to reconfigure them. 

The most common request is for a family kitchen and dining space, and for the opening up between the front and rear to allow sunlight to penetrate into the house throughout different times of day. This reflects the change in lifestyle and values since these homes were built. The challenge is to find a way of designing which provides for evolving contemporary living, and working, within the available buildings and we have lots of solutions. 

Georgian and Victorian buildings had solid brick walls and tall windows, which bring in the light. The main entrance door was often surrounded by decorative wood or plaster work and had a fan light above . Decorative front railings are also a feature of these houses. 

Edwardian houses began to be influenced by the Arts and Crafts movement with steeper pitched roofs, decorative finials and terracotta details. 

The front elevations contribute to the heritage of the street but the original buildings were usually single-glazed and have no insulation.  We need to refurbish and environmentally upgrade the performance of these buildings whilst retaining their heritage. 

A heritage statement is required for changes to Protected Structures, as well as sensitive design proposals. 

If you are thinking of starting a project, do not hesitate to contact us.

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