10 genius ways to renovate a period property

According to the latest figures, 86 per cent of England’s homes were built before 1990. Here are 10 ways to give your period property a modern update

By Hannah Fenton | 21 July 2017

Breathe new life into an older house with these top ten home improvement ideas.

an updated period house with a new extension by Jonathan Tuckey Design, photo by Dirk Lindner

Image: Dirk Lindner

Modern design can bring out the best in a period property. From inspirational interior design touches and makeovers to full-on extensions and conversions, discover what you could do in yours.

Bring in industrial touches

industrial design in a Bloomsbury House by Stiff and Trevillion, photo by Kilian OSullivan

Image: Kilian OSullivan

Steel-framed doors and windows can be used internally as well as externally and can look good in all styles of building.

The window in this London home is by Chris Eaton at Stiff+Trevillion Architects. ‘Steel-framed glazing does need meticulous detailing,’ says Eaton, ‘and it is more difficult to adjust on site than a timber window.’

Design a mezzanine

mezzanine design in Sol Duc Cabin by Olson Kundig Architects, photo by Benjamin Benschneider

Image: Benjamin Benschneider

Make the most of the additional headspace in an industrial building or barn by incorporating an extra level. This cabin mezzanine is by Tom Kundig of Olson Kundig Architects.

‘Getting multiple uses out of each space is important,’ says Kundig. ‘Another function that works well on a mezzanine is a small office.’