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Digital Subscriptions > Build It > January 2019 > Adding value to a period home

Adding value to a period home

Alan Tierney explains how to boost what your property is worth without damaging its authentic historical charm
The owners of this handsome Georgian property in North London worked with Cousins & Cousins and energy consultants from Enhabit to upgrade the property. The walls of the house were stripped back to pack in extra insulation, and an internal wrap was installed to achieve high levels of airtightness. The house now functions close to Passivhaus standards

The greatest factor in the value of any heritage dwelling lies in its character and historic interest.

Research has shown that areas with a high density of older buildings have property values up to 50% higher than average. Therefore, the key focus of any project on a period home should protect and enhance its character.

It’s not just the authentic appeal of an individual abode that adds value, but also its surroundings. While there’s not an awful lot you can do about the wider setting, you can pay careful attention to any historic outbuildings, landscaping, boundaries, driveways, gates etc. All these elements should complement the heritage and charm of the property.

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Build It is Britain’s longest running self build magazine. Each issue is packed full of inspirational and informative readers’ homes, as well as expert advice on issues from budgets and planning to project management and design. This month: - Adding space & value to your period home - 10 must-see timber frame homes - The benefits of serviced plots for self builders - Stylish stoves & fireplaces