Buyer’s guide to period features

Add character to a contemporary property by reinstating traditional designs.

By Seoana Sherry-Brennan | 10 March 2017

Add character to a contemporary property by reinstating traditional designs.

Gone are the days of stark, white minimalism – period elements are becoming increasingly popular. Whether you’re restoring original features or recreating a traditional look, embracing the past can add a luxurious edge to a property and increase its value. High ceilings, original fireplaces and wood-burning stoves are some of the most desirable character aspects; wooden flooring and AGAs are also highly sought after. To translate period elements in a contemporary setting, play around with colour, finish and position.

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Credit: Anglian Home Improvements (anglianhome.co.uk)

 

Heating Options

When it comes to heating and fireplaces, wood-burning stoves are a popular alternative to more modern systems. While traditional in appearance, contemporary versions are high performance and ecofriendly. The Purevision Classic stove range at Charlton & Jenrick offers a variety of efficient and stylish options, which already exceed the Ecodesign 2022 regulations. A Purevision stove is priced from £1,296 (0845 519 5991; charltonandjenrick.co.uk).

‘There was a trend for ripping out features in old properties in favour of minimalism, but people are falling back in love with restoring character,’ says Angus Blundell, marketing director at Heatingoil.co.uk (0800 032 3865; heatingoil.co.uk). ‘Many homeowners are putting woodburning stoves, AGAs and roll-top baths back into their homes, and they’re sensible options in terms of energy. As well as looking great, AGAs and wood-burning stoves are brilliant for heating our homes.’