HOWTOCREATEA NEW HOUSE FROM AN OLD BUILDING
— Before deciding anything, spend time in the building. It’s important not to inadvertently lose the original character during a renovation. — Resist the temptation to extend unless absolutely necessary. Adding more space can seem an obvious thing to do in ‘upgrading’, but it is surprising how many rooms in modern homes are relatively unused. A focus on square footage can be detrimental to quality. — Be prepared to adapt as you go. There are complications to any building project, but these can often be turned into opportunities – leaving a wall or floor exposed or adding storage, maybe. — Have a clear overall strategy. Is the aim to restore the building faithfully, or to use the historic construction as a foil to modern elements? Either approach will work, and they can be mixed – just remain clear in your intention when making decisions.