Consider your time and budget

Renovating a period property is going to be a labour of love, and labours of love usually take a fair amount of your time. We recommend that you set a time limit on renovation work based around when you want the house to be finished, from here you can start planning. In our experience, people without a timescale usually never finish!



Communication is imperative when other parties are involved, so whether you have time to manage the project yourself, employ a project manager or if the contracted builder will manage the project, keeping regular contact and communication is imperative to a successful renovation.


Plan for the worst, hope for the best

Something major that could effect your renovations is our ever changeable British weather, which is something people don’t always consider when organising the work.  Bad weather can bring work to a halt so ensure that you factor in extra time for this.  Also if you can, try and organise all work that will leave your home open to the elements (windows, doors, roves etc) in the summer months. Though as we all know, it rains all year round in our beloved country, your chances are ever so slightly improved, and with the warmer temperatures things dry out that little bit faster.



TIPS FOR RENOVATING A PERIOD PROPERTYBe very realistic about your budget. Make a list of what work you want doing, and get a quote for each.  From here you can see how much everything is going to cost compared to your budget. Greg, a graphic designer embarking on a renovation project said “I would always tell anyone taking on a renovation to add 10-15% on to the total cost, with period properties you never know what you’re going to find so it’s a good idea to have a contingency. Experience has taught me to also make sure you get at least three quotes for every job, and compare them, there’s nothing worse than realising you paid over the odds, or certain things aren’t included and you end up paying extra. Another tip would be to always negotiate.” For large-scale renovations you may need to enlist the help of professionals such as structural engineers, architects and designers to help plan your renovation. 


Get a survey of your property

Always get a survey done on your property. This will help to identity any structural problems like cracking or rotting that may prove to be costly to rectify, especially if they are discovered during the process of the renovation.


Make good use of referrals and recommendations

Get local referrals and recommendations for builders, electricians and plumbers etc and take them around the property to get their advice on the work required, how long it will take and the cost. Always get at least three quotes from each trade and compare cost and the time they will take to complete the renovation. It’s also a good idea to ask how much experience they have in completing similar projects so you have an understanding of how qualified they are to complete the renovation efficiently and to a high standard.


Contact your local council

As soon as you decide that you want to renovate your property contact your local council. They will inform you whether there are any restrictions you could face (conservation areas, listed building status, greenbelt land) that will affect what you can do to your property. They can also be very helpful in advising you on your renovation, especially in the early stages and inform you if you are eligible for a grant.


Source materials economically

Taking the time to find the right materials at the right price could save you a great deal of money on your renovation.  Visit architectural salvage reclamation yards and timber yards and look at adverts in lifestyle magazines to source materials in the most economical way.  Attending building exhibitions can also help you bag a bargain if you go ready to buy.


Be patient and take time out

Renovating can be stressful, that’s why you need to make sure that everyone is moving at the ame pace, and being on top of everyone can be really time consuming and frustrating.  Adding to this stress is that you are probably living in a building site, which can be a real shock, and a huge source of anxiety. Be patient and remember that good things come to those who wait. Relax and remember to take some time out from your renovation. Whether you choose to live in your home or stay at a hotel or with family or friends whilst your renovation is underway is completely up to you. Try to remember that the results will be more than worth it!


Here at Ilkley Windows we have a dedicated team of professionals to help you with your renovation needs. Contact us today on 01943 816212