Renovating your period property



Consider your time and budget!

Renovating a property can be a very time consuming experience, so firstly make sure you can dedicate a considerable amount of time to ensuring that any renovation work you are having done remains within your set timescales. You will also need to keep in regular contact with any builders and workmen you have contracted to carry out work and make sure that they have the materials they need to complete their work on time.

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.

One thing that is out of your control however is the weather! Although you can almost guarantee that when you really do not want it to rain, that it most likely will!  Unfortunately, this is something that you will have to factor into your renovation plans and depending on the time of year you choose to carry out your renovation, may set your renovation timelines back slightly or significantly.

Be very realistic about your budget. If you’ve envisioned a grand renovation to rival Ilkley Manor House and Museum but in reality you do not have a fraction of the disposable land or income, then you will need to reconsider your grand designs.  For large scale renovations you may need to enlist the help of professionals such as draftspeople, 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.


solidorContact 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.


Be patient and take time out

Renovating can be stressful! In amongst all the anxiety of getting your renovation completed exactly to plan and on time and constantly monitoring your workers, is the added hassle that your home will look like a building site and get ten times worse before you see your sparkling new renovation. But be patient and remember that good things come to those who wait. So 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. But always remember to consider your budget, plan your time and most importantly look forward to the end result.


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