Houses in the UK can be quite old, making it a difficult task to renovate them. Still, many choose to do so for aesthetic or functional purposes. Before starting such a large-scale project, read on to find out what difficulties to expect when working on parts of an old home.
Houses made with a significant amount of timber may need extra care and precautions, as the structure could be closely tied to the beams. Over time, timber can grow moist or become eroded due to the presence of insects. Despite this, it’s not always necessary to replace the timber, and it may be riskier to try. Make sure to check with a structural engineer to determine if it’s worthwhile.
A key feature of many homes is the fireplace. They can provide warmth and are a fantastic focal point in any room. Yet, there is a huge difficulty in restoring an old fireplace: building regulations. As fireplaces do pose a risk to homeowners, you’ll have to ensure your new structure is up to par. This may involve increasing ventilation near the fireplace, or hiring a gas engineer to inspect the gas pipework.
Replacing old flooring may not seem like a top priority, but it can benefit your home greatly. Many original floors lack underlying insulation, while others are prone to damp. These issues can be a shock to homeowners, who may underestimate the extent of the damage. For example, a hardwood floor may only seem to be rotting in one area. After pulling it up, you might find that the rot is widespread, requiring the entire floor to be replaced. Furthermore, if you are planning to re-floor and add insulation, you may run into trouble finding appropriate materials that will not cause damage to your home.
Older homes in the UK are also prone to elemental damages which may warrant renovating.