6 tips for renovating a period property from the owners of this beautifully restored South Dublin Georgian…
1. Choose wisely
For any renovation, hire a good architect and good builders.
2. Be conservative.
Conservation officers will have the final say on structural changes in listed buildings, so don’t assume you can do what you want.
3. Go beyond the cosmetic.
Don’t be tempted to paint everything white and move in. Most houses need to be replumbed, insulated and updated. It’s better to spend the money on the basics first to avoid a crisis.
4. Devise workarounds.
Before deciding to open up all the rooms at garden level or to extend into the garden, consider your options. Sometimes, small alterations to improve the daylight and sunlight can make for a more practical and low-key solution.
5. Don’t store up trouble.
Storage can be a problem in Georgian houses, so consider converting a smaller bedroom into a dressing room, or creating a bespoke storage room at basement level.
6. Be true to the era.
Many paint and wallpaper companies offer heritage collections, created from matching up historic colours, allowing you to lend an authentic palette to your new home.
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Words Jillian Bolger. Photography Mark Scott. Styling Marlene Wessels.