10 clever period home renovations

Projects where contemporary updates work beautifully with the property's original character.

By Christina Chrysostomou | 4 March 2021

These period home renovations demonstrate that older buildings can be adapted for modern living. The improvements to listed features, previous alterations and dilapidated structures show the benefit of combining historic charm and contemporary convenience.

1. Merging space and time

Spread over the drawing room level of two Georgian townhouses in Edinburgh, this period home renovations is by architects Luke and Joanne McClelland. The couple spent years living in London and wanted more space. They saw potential in the generous proportions of the property. So, on a budget of £75,000, they reconfigured the interior to create an open plan kitchen-diner and a large living room. They set to stripping back the three bedrooms to reveal original features. A previous owner replaced the living room fireplace with an orange brick fire surround. Luke and Joanne painted it black to create a bridge between the Georgian architecture and their mid century furniture.

Spread over the two Georgian Townshouses, Architects Luke and Joanne McClelland renovated this flat in Edinburgh

The couple cleverly adapted the Ikea cabinets in the kitchen