Four Easy Ways to Improve a Heritage Home

By Ross Graham · Mar 01, 2019


Wondering how to achieve comfortable, modern living while maintaining the original charm of your heritage home? We've got you covered.

Four Easy Ways to Improve a Heritage Home

There are so many things to love about heritage homes, for example, their rich history and unique architectural features. However, as with most family homes there may come a time when you want to spruce it up to create a fresh new space for yourself and your family to enjoy.

Refurbishing a heritage house can often come with complex parameters and a hefty price tag, which often deters people from realising their home renovation dreams. If there’s one thing we believe in, it’s finding a way to realise your dreams to create a space which fosters connection between the people in your home.

It is possible to maintain and enhance the period charm and aesthetic of your heritage home without compromising the bottom-line, or comforts of living a modern lifestyle.

Without further ado, today we’d like to introduce you to our tips for achieving modern living in a heritage home on a budget.

Repaint

A fresh coat of paint can be a cost-effective way to bring your home into the twenty-first century while respecting its history. For interior walls, dove grey, blush pink and teal are popular colours which introduce a modern atmosphere. If your home is weatherboard or has exterior accents that can be painted, colours such as grey, white, light sage green or pale blue can give a new lease of life to its appearance. In the past, colours like forest green, burgundy and butter yellow have been popular for older homes, however they can age the appearance of a house when used in excess.

Install a freestanding cooker

Nothing says ‘charming colonial kitchen’ quite like a freestanding range cooker. Many popular brands have developed range-style cookers that bring a vintage feel to the kitchen, while maintaining modern conveniences. For ultimate efficiency, control and that extra element of authenticity, many home-chefs favour those styles with a natural gas stovetop when renovating the kitchen in their heritage home.

Restore the floors

Refurbishing the original wooden floors of a house can be an effective and relatively painless way of modernising. Selecting a new stain colour and choosing between a satin or glossy finish can be a great way of bringing your own personality into an older home. It is also worth remembering that minor imperfections like those sometimes found in the original flooring of heritage homes can bring extra character and charm!

Use the right people

When renovating a heritage house, it is vital to use joiners and other tradespeople who have experience with heritage homes. Investing in the right people will save you time and money in the long run by reducing the risk of mistakes and having to correct things in the future.

If you have big plans for your home, let’s connect and talk about the freedom connection to natural gas can bring.