Older properties are among the most sought after, because of the fabulous character and charm. However, many old homes come with an added responsibility because they are what is known as listed buildings. This means they have a level of historical significance, making it in the public’s interest to make sure they are preserved. Of course, navigating what you can and can’t do when your home is a listed building can be something of a challenge, even down to the smallest task. Luckily you will find a clear and simple guide to this topic in the post below.
Use traditional restoration and repair methods
Listed buildings are often built in very different ways to modern ones. For example, lime mortar is commonly used in place of modern materials like breeze blocks, and concrete. What this means is that any repairs need to also be completed with the appropriate traditional materials. With that in mind, modern repair methods such as using concrete is a major no-no.
Use traditional paints
While we are on the topic of tradition, it’s not only the methods you need to watch out for. In fact, you need to make sure that you use traditional paints as well.
The good news is you can now get Lime Wash Paint, suitable for use on heritage and listed buildings ready mixed. You can be sure that it contains no plastic or toxins too. Things that could irreversibly damage your building.
Also, on the subject of paints, be sure that you never cover over any stonework with paint, or render for that matter. You should not even get the outside of a listing building sandblasted either.
Keep original features intact
What many people don’t realise about listed buildings is that it is not just the property’s shell that is protected. In fact, it also covers many of the features inside. What this means is it vital that you do not change or remove things such as windows, doors, and fireplaces. Even decorative stonework must be kept intact. Otherwise, you may be putting your property’s listed status in peril.
Remember, your garden could be included in your listing grade as well as your home.
In a similar way to the issue with original features, many people do not realise that the gardens and outside space that come along with listed buildings will be included in the regulations as well. With that in mind, it is a very smart idea not to knock down garden walls or remove gates or trees without first checking with your local conservation officer.
Seek guidance and permission before making any changes.
Indeed, the final point here is that if you want to renovate, decorate or otherwise change a listed building, it’s a good idea to see guidance first. The best person to speak to about this is your local Conservation officer. Although Historic England is also a good source of advice for listed building owners.
Just remember, before you can make almost any changes you will need to apply for listed building consent from your conservation officer.