Top tips for DIY restora­tion projects

The Daily Telegraph - Property - - Cover Story -

When Dr Anna Keay, di­rec­tor of the Land­mark Trust, is not res­cu­ing his­toric homes, she’s work­ing on the restora­tion of her Grade I listed me­dieval mer­chant’s house in King’s Lynn. Here are her golden rules for restora­tion.

1 Get ex­pert ad­vice: you need an ex­pe­ri­enced build­ing sur­veyor or con­ser­va­tion ar­chi­tect on speed dial.

2 Make sure you re­ally know what you’ve got: to make good de­ci­sions, and con­vince the con­ser­va­tion of­fi­cer, you need qual­ity re­search.

3 Don’t cut

cor­ners: listed build­ings are del­i­cate, if you do things hastily or on the cheap you’ll re­gret it.

4 Ex­pect the un­ex­pected: once you start you’ll find things that will trash your timetable and bud­get.

5 Save up: restor­ing a his­toric home is like set­ting fire to cash. But the re­sults can be so sat­is­fy­ing. Pro­ceed only if it still seems worth it.

6 It’s for life, and longer: plan for on­go­ing main­te­nance costs and be con­fi­dent you can fund it, in good times and bad.

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