Wednesday, 23 March 2011
The BBC sent me an email to say they are looking for people who are putting the original features back into their homes.
They are working on the second series of Original Features for the ‘Home’ channel. The series, presented by Nick Knowles, is looking for people who are renovating and restoring their homes back to their former glory. It could be any type of property - a Tudor cottage, Georgian mansion or 1930’s semi they are looking to restore and it doesn’t have to be huge - it may just be one room.
With expert advice on design and historians on hand, the homeowner will learn how to restore their property in keeping with the period and learn more about the history of their home - Who lived there before? What was the house formerly used for? What is lurking under the floorboards or behind the plasterboard?
If you are interested you should email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0117 974 6898/7499. You can also add a comment to this blog about your project.
Tuesday, 18 January 2011
I have, at last, managed to add a few new pictures for the hall, stairs and landing which you can check out on the Virtual Tour on victorian-house.com. I still need to update a few things and especially add the new extension to the tour (that will be tomorrow, or the day after, or one day later than that probably).
Another thing I will do is fix the email address - I used a special one to help avoid spam but someting has got messed up.
Tuesday, 30 November 2010
Monday, 18 January 2010
- My mum got a new house (it is also Victorian) needing renovation throughout and I got heavily involved in that.
- I decided to buy her old (1930s) house - which needed a fair bit of work to bring it up to a suitable standard for renting out.
- My daughter bought a late 1960s flat, a reposession which required total renovation which I did myself.
Anyway, that is all done and I can now work on my own house. I completed the hall a while ago but have not updated the website yet. I have also been working on restoring the bathroom. A cast iron roll-top bath is currently sitting in the dining room and will be installed once everything else is ready. I do hope to start updating the pictures and the blog soon!
Wednesday, 9 April 2008
I finished the hall, stairs and landing in the summer and have still not posted new pictures yet but will get round to this eventually.
Thursday, 6 December 2007
Friday, 6 July 2007
I have noticed that Historic Scotland, and other bodies have a very strict view on restoration. In some cases old buildings are allowed to crumble and fall into ruins. They may not be "restored" to their former glory. While I understand the need not to create a pastiche, I often feel that potentially savable buildings could be more valuable for the community if they are restored with some compromises. In many cases buildings are A-listed and then left to crumble and not even preserved in their current state since the restrictions mean they are not going to be useful buildings and so no-one will invest in these.
I think we could be more lenient, but not stupid, about the how many historic buildings can be restored. However, we could also be more strict about our vast legacy of Victorian houses which we are permitted to destroy without seeking any permission. Doors are now plastic, stone is painted, lime only means a green fruit, portland cement destroys natural porous stone, mullions are removed, thin framed sash windows are replaced with riduculous fat framed upvc alternatives. I think the balance is wrong and maybe too much attention is paid to a few buildings and too little attention is given to our vast collection of period houses.