period details to celebrate not cover up

Period Details To Celebrate Not Cover Up

Interesting for: Buyer, Seller, Investor, Rental Provider, Renter, Lifestyle

In a rush to modernise, homeowners often overlook the inherent charm and character found in the period details of their homes. Such features are not just remains of a bygone era but are vital pieces of architectural history. Better yet, for those contemplating selling, highlighting rather than hiding these heritage hallmarks could be a pivotal attraction for buyers.

Period homes often boast beautiful brickwork. While issues like repointing and water damage may need addressing, there are respectful ways to maintain their original construction. The modern trend of exposed brickwork underscores the allure of such features. Designers are even seeking to replicate this “aged” look in new builds, providing all the more reason to showcase these qualities with pride.

Timber Joinery
The detailed craftsmanship found in a period home’s timber joinery, from skirting boards to fretwork, adds irreplaceable value to a home. While restoration can be time-consuming and potentially costly, the authenticity and visual appeal it adds to a property are worthwhile. These characteristics are often highlighted in the sale listings of such homes, indicating their sought-after status.

Open Fireplaces
In period homes, fireplaces are not just heating elements but are pivotal in defining the home’s architectural era with their distinct designs. Even if they are no longer in use, original fireplaces are worth preserving to become stunning room features. They offer a canvas for creativity, whether through re-tiling, applying an eye-catching paint colour, arranging decorative logs, or showcasing art or greenery.

Iconic to Australian homes, verandahs offer both beauty and practicality. Maintaining their original style and alignment with the local streetscape preserves the home’s historical and architectural essence. Moreover, these spaces frequently capture the imagination of potential buyers, picturing themselves enjoying leisure time in this spot. After all, what’s better than unwinding on a verandah with a cup of tea?

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