If you are considering renovating or restoring an older property or just looking for general advice we have listed some articles, information and links here that hopefully you will find useful.
High Value Household and Period Property Insurance
As an owner of a high value or period home, it’s important that you have the right insurance in place for your property, contents and valuables. By choosing Wexford Insurances, you’ll have access to a director and or a designated account executive who’ll take the time to understand your individual requirements and arrange the right protection for you. Wexford Insurances offer a personal service to make sure you get the attention you deserve, acting as a broker for all the main insurance companies…
Sources of Funding and Grants Available for Period Property
Owners of period properties are conscious of the immense privilege and enjoyment to be derived from their homes. Indeed many view their role as one of custodian; acting as a guardian of Ireland’s built heritage. However the maintenance and conservation of a period property can place considerable financial burden on owners. It is in response to this that a number of funding initiatives have been established by both governmental and non-governmental organisations.
How To Research Your Period House
Have you ever wanted to know more about your period property? Wondered who lived there? When it was built? Who designed it? The Irish Georgian Society, Ireland’s Architectural Heritage Society, often receives inquiries from owners of Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian homes keen to discover the answers to these questions. Discovering the history of your period property can not only be rewarding in itself but if your house is listed on the Record of Protected Structures, this information…
What is a Listed (Protected) Building?
A protected structure is a structure that a planning authority considers to be of special interest from an architectural, historical, archaeological, artistic, cultural, scientific, social or technical point of view. If you are the owner or occupier of a protected structure, you are legally obliged to prevent it becoming endangered, whether through damage or neglect. This document describes the protection given to these structures under Part IV of the Planning and Development Act 2000..
Buying and Restoring a Listed Building
Buying a listed building and restoring it as a home could seem like an ideal enterprise to many people, but the reality is they need massive amounts of time, effort and help, writes Brian O’Connell. For many property romantics, the dream of owning a listed building can quickly turn into a financial and logistical nightmare. To borrow from the novelist, listed buildings are becoming something everyone wants to have bought, but nobody really wants to buy. Take Chris Deakin for example…
Water reed thatching is a proven system with a life expectancy in excess of 60 years. A thatched roof is sturdy, durable and an effective barrier against the elements and is impenetrable to bugs, birds and vermin. It is not only beautiful on the eye, but also environmentally beautiful. From harvest to the finished roof, thatch uses a minimal amount of energy. Once on the roof, the reed acts as a carbon store and carbon drawn from the atmosphere during the growth period is locked within the reeds.
Energy Efficiency in Traditional Buildings
Upgrading the thermal efficiency of the existing building stock presents a challenge, particularly where the building was built using traditional materials and construction methods and is of architectural or historical interest. People enjoy old buildings for the sense of history they evoke,the craftsmanship they represent and for the solidity of their construction. However, there is sometimes a perception that old buildings are cold. It is true that they can sometimes be draughty, and the degree of tolerance shown…