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— 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.

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