Victorian homes: Builders with experience
Built in the reign of Queen Victoria, these vintage properties are a great investment, but only if you are prepared to undertake the building and restoration work required to retain their value. It is not widely known, but these houses were not necessarily built with the best quality materials or techniques, and many of the over four million Victorian homes in the United Kingdom require extensive maintenance work.
However, if you can find a contractor who has expertise in carrying out the detailed attention that Victorian properties require then you will retain, and improve, the value of your home. Pristine are the first firm that you should consider calling when thinking about making repairs, renovations or extensions to your Victorian home.
Regarding features, Victorian windows are classically beautiful but have some imperfections. The replacement of these windows should only be undertaken by a specialist contractor, and planning permission is frequently required.
The materials used by Victorian builders frequently let in water and damp, and structural damage is not uncommon. Again, this is a matter for a specialist builder and may require detailed improvements to damp proofing, drainage and even the foundations of a property.
Finally, the roofs of Victorian houses often use high quality (Welsh) tiles that, if damaged, are difficult to replace. For many builders sourcing high-quality materials and tiles is not a priority.
Victorian houses offer many possibilities regarding extension work. Many Victorian homes feature a side passage, or as it is sometimes known a ‘side return’ that can be used to extend rooms.
Victorian rooms are sometimes small, and so you can make use of the ‘side return’ to rescue some valuable floor space. However, there are two things to consider here. The first is that you need to consider the legal status of the side return. Even if you own the passage, neighbours may have a ‘right of easement’ which will make planning permission difficult to obtain.
Secondly, and whatever type of extension, you decide upon, the extension should match and compliment the appearance of your home. This is a particular problem with Victorian houses which sourced brick from a wide range of sources that are no longer in production.
Only a specialist company, such as Pristine, can provide you with specialist planning, materials and building services required to make your Victorian extension a success.