If you’re lucky enough to live in a period property, you’ll want to make sure any period features are in the best possible condition. Whether you want to tastefully restore your home’s traditional detailing or replace any features that have become unsound or unsightly; at Elitis, we can offer expert advice on the best ways to restore your home’s heritage look. To get you started, here are 9 home improvements that will do just that.
1. Flush sash windows
Our flush sash windows combine 21st century energy efficiency and security with a truly 19th century appearance. Any concerns you may have about replacing timber with PVCu will soon disappear when you see the attention to detail of our flush sash windows.
2. Stained/decorative glass panels
Many traditional properties have decorative or stained glass sections. Whether this is a glazed door panel or an obscured window pane; these decoratively glazed areas add beauty to any home. At Elitis, we install a range of obscure textured glass which is both attractive and provides excellent levels of privacy.
3. Traditional look composite front door
Composite doors are a great way to restore your home’s heritage look. There are so many styles to choose from including Victorian, Edwardian, and 1920s and 30s. With such a wide choice, you’re sure to find the perfect door to complement your home’s period aesthetic.
4. Traditional hardware (ironmongery)
Traditional hardware adds the finishing touch to any home. Choose from a range of classic handles, knockers, and letterplates for your front door. For your windows, our Residence 9 Collection can incorporate traditional stays, hinges, and handles to complete your home restoration with style and class.
5. Sash windows
Our PVCu vertical sliding sash windows are perfect for conservation areas and listed buildings. Their classic features such as Georgian bars, sash horns, and a range of configurations create an elegant window which looks just as good on a Victorian terrace as on a Georgian stately home.
6. Encaustic tiling
Encaustic tiles can be found in properties throughout the UK. They are extremely durable and with a little bit of care can be restored to their original beauty. A covered porch with vibrant encaustic tiling is a quintessential feature of many heritage homes.
7. Exterior lighting
Traditional outdoor lighting has a timeless style which will suit almost any property. Wall lights, hanging lanterns, or even pedestal lights look great when fully restored. By reviving any decorative leaded glass sections, you can breathe life into a ubiquitous feature of your period home.
8. Paths and driveways
Traditional cobble or stone paths and driveways are in perfect keeping with a home’s heritage aesthetic. If possible, when replacing a pathway leading to your home, choose a material which is locally sourced to stay in keeping with your property’s surroundings.
9. Greenery – trees, shrubbery, plants, and flowers
Period gardens often placed much emphasis on symmetry. Neatly clipped box hedges and evenly spaced perennials are an emblem of a former, more sedate period of history. Add some imperial order to your home’s exterior with well-placed shrubs, flowers, and hedging.
If you’ve gained inspiration from our home improvement ideas and you’d like to find out more about Elitis, contact us for some expert advice. Call us on 0800 953 3633 or send us a message online.