UNDERSTANDING HERITAGE PROPERTIES

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What are heritage properties?

Heritage property covers up any site, building, bridges or any structure that is significant in a country’s cultural history, architecture or archaeology. Not all old homes are heritage listed properties. These are buildings that are considered to have historical significance. These therefore have significance by the state or local government and are considered worthy of preserving their structure and aesthetic appeal for future generations.

Heritage properties, when preserved is wealth, inspiration and pride of a state and is not just a past but rather a future too. It is important to know that not old homes are heritage properties but rather those with a historical significance.

Considerations in heritage property restoration projects

There are restrictions to buying or renovating a heritage listed property due to their close monitoring by the municipal councils who aim at having the properties compatible and complementary to the original design and this requires approval from a local council. Historic buildings are a kind you really want to be careful with when renovating or refurbishing. This needs to be done with focus laid on all the nitty gritties of the original design put into consideration and this goes as far as the building materials used. These old heritage buildings, some of which are basically maintained without being fully occupied tend to deteriorate or decay depending on the its conditions. Restoration of such historic buildings would therefore require experts, to commit at preserving what once was.

Before you kick off into a project directly handling heritage buildings, you need to be prepared by keeping these in mind:

1.Compliance to the Historic Building Regulations

Some of the existing historical buildings, after restoration, are rented out depending on their value and are said to be of higher value than newly constructed residential buildings. When intended for this cause, the planning and design stages should be carefully attended to so as to handle every problem most likely to arise from the property. Application of any codes should be done in consultation with the concerned code authorities to ensure they address issues like access to the property, fire and smoke separation, detection and other operational considerations.

2. Compatibility of modern amenities with the property’s existing system

Today’s building facilities say furniture, finishing materials, mechanical and electrical appliances are continuously modified to fit the demand of the rapidly changing fashion trends and architectural designs.  However, when refurbishing the interiors of such historic buildings, one might be tempted to seek modern furniture, tiles, stonework and appliances to aim at fitting today’s design demands. Any new design additives/amenities should not alter the story behind the heritage property and must be fully compatible to the existing system.

It is important to always remember that in refurbishing old historic buildings, repairing the existing system of the structure should be your main focus.  Where unavoidable, a new/modern structural system can be added to increase the stability and strength of the historic building in question

3. Preserve the property’s significance

Every heritage property has a story it tells by its existence outside which the story will end. This could be due to its architectural and structural design features, events attached to the property, culture or the reason for its construction. It is therefore important to maintain the significance of the building to the community or state. Determining your building’s historical, cultural, or architectural significance is important for raising awareness.

4. Retain as Much of the Original Building as Possible

Heritage properties always preserve the culture, history and integrity of a state. When carrying out renovations to a heritage listed property, the council’s main concern will be that you preserve the original style of the building. When buying, selling or maintaining heritage properties, there are usually restrictions on repairs and modifications which must be compatible and complementary to the original design and must be approved by the local council.

This therefore calls more repairs than replacements. However, if a new replacement in the system is unavoidable, it should coincide with the old building design. This requires that the materials, paints, furniture and appliances are highly dictated by the existing heritage property.

5. Seek advice from experts of heritage properties

Incase of any renovation project, ensure that you work with a team of experts who understand the goal of the property. This in the long run helps to minimize any further damage that would occur within the heritage facility. In this case, an inspector could guide in estimations of the expected magnitude of works and further give guidance on the particular materials to buy for the project. Always seek guidance people more knowledgeable about heritage properties for a better output. You can always contact London Building Contractors for expertise solutions in heritage property projects.

 

 

 

 

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Posted on: January 21st, 2022 by London Building Contractors No Comments

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