We all know that buying a new house can be a huge drain on our bank balances these days. So, there is no wonder that as many people as possible are trying to find ways to discover cheaper properties.
One way you can buy a property for less is to look for one that needs quite a bit of work carrying out on it. This is often the case with older houses, especially those that were built in the early 20th century or 19th century. Not many people are prepared to carry out any work or maintenance on their new home – they would rather move straight into a house that requires very little done to it. As a result, lots of people sell their old properties for slightly under the average market price so that they can get rid of them quickly.
So, now that you have bought an older property, you are probably trying to think how you can update it and bring it into the 21st century. Read on for some ideas and inspiration!
Consider Extending The Property
Period properties have a reputation for being a bit small and pokey. You might find that the kitchen is quite small, especially by modern standards. In fact, most rooms in period houses are a lot smaller than modern ones. That’s because it was the fashion back then to have lots of rooms. However, these days, we are more accustomed to open-plan living. So, you might want to consider knocking down the wall in between your kitchen and dining room to make an open-plan kitchen and dining space. Alternatively, you might want to go one step further and extend out into the kitchen to increase the overall size of your living space. If the property has a large attic area, think about converting this into another room or storage area to add on even more living space.
Contrast The Old And The New
One current trend that is very big with interior designers is contrasting period and modern features together on the same property. This is especially the case when both period and features are brought together in the property’s structure. For instance, you might want to leave in large period beams in the ceilings of an old home to keep its rustic appeal. You can add some contemporary decor by adding floor-to-ceiling windows. When it comes to the interior design, you might want to mix some antique furniture and features with modern patterns and artwork.
Preserve Original Floors
Old houses are likely to have very heavy wooden floors. If you buy a house that hasn’t been loved for some time, these floors might look past their best. But that is no reason to remove them completely and replace them! After all, lots of interior designers would kill to have these kinds of floors. Thankfully, cleaning and polishing up wooden floors isn’t too difficult, and you will be able to find a local floor expert to do this for you at a very reasonable price. Period wooden floors are very much in vogue these days, and giving a bit of TLC to the original ones can really smarten up your whole property!
Get It Ready For Modern Appliances
Not all period properties will be ready for modern appliances to be installed in them. For example, the electrics that are currently in the home may be outdated and could require rewiring. It is very important that you check the electrics before you start to install any modern appliances or devices, as they could overload the circuit and make it quite dangerous. Plus, you might need to buy some vibration mounts to ensure that the mechanics of your appliances and devices don’t cause too much damage or stress to the walls that they are mounted onto. Not too sure if your home is ready for a certain appliance? Read the appliance’s manual thoroughly and, if you are ever in any doubt, you can discuss the issue with a local handyman.
Go Bold With Your Color
Back in the Victorian times, pale pastel colors were very much in fashion. These colors are still greatly associated with the period era even now, so it’s a good idea to stay away from pale shades if you want to give your old house a new, modern touch. Instead, opt for vibrant and bold colors that will easily attract anyone’s attention as soon as they step into your home. It’s also a good idea to help color ‘pop’ in all your rooms by adding colorful artworks and furniture. For instance, a bright red, leather armchair can really brighten up an otherwise dull room.
Upcycle For A Modern Twist
It’s a good idea to try and stay away from any cliches, such as large oak chests of drawers and dressing tables. But that’s no reason why you should shy away from them completely. In fact, you might like the idea of upcycling items of furniture that might otherwise be considered a cliche. This will give you the chance to personalize them and even give them a bit of a modern twist if you like. For instance, you might want to paint a stool or dresser in a bright color that is currently very fashionable. This is a great way to use old furniture rather than throwing it out.
Leave Brickwork Exposed
If the property that you buy is in a particularly bad state, it will probably have quite a lot of brickwork exposed. Rather than re-wallpapering or painting over it, you should instead think about leaving it as it is. This will help to give both a period and contemporary feel to the house as exposed brickwork will appeal to both design types.
So, as you can see, investing in a very old property might not be such a bad idea, even if it does mean putting in a bit of elbow grease. Eventually, you will be able to sit back and relax in your period home with a cool, contemporary twist!