Top tips for DIY restoration projects
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.