Renovating a Perth heritage-listed home or general ‘character home’ requires specialist expertise as well as a good knowledge of the existing home’s heritage. Perhaps more importantly still, it requires the direction of an experienced building team and skilled craftsmanship from carefully selected tradespeople, who understand the particularities and peculiarities of homes built in a period era.
Over the past 30 years’ Addstyle has undertaken hundreds of heritage home renovations and has earned a reputation as the premier character home specialist in Perth. Our design consultants are experts in heritage-listed homes and general character home restoration, renovations and extensions, and are available to advise and guide clients from the initial design process, through to shire approvals, including heritage submissions and lobbying. Our construction team has the experience and expertise necessary to execute the works to the highest standard.
Many character homes are situated in ‘heritage precincts’ and strict area-specific guidelines must be adhered to. This includes, building setbacks, particularly with second storey additions; wall and roof finishes, as well as overall street aesthetics that must compliment (or differentiate) the existing home.
The shire approvals process has become more arduous and complicated over the past several years and experience is required where lobbying, or justification submissions are required.
Materials and finishes
In most cases it is important to ensure that there is consistency with construction materials and profiles. Consideration should be given to typical features such as timber casement and double hung windows, feature gables, finials, bird boards, awnings on gallows brackets, ceiling roses, ornate cornices, arches, timber floor boards, skirtings, architraves, picture rails, light switches and period light fittings, to seamlessly integrate the old with the new.
Unless a deliberate architectural intention, ideally you should not be able to tell where the old has met the new. This includes ensuring brickwork and floorboards are ‘keyed’ into the original home. While this takes a little more time and precision, the result is well worth it.
Where possible with ground floor extensions, you should aim to maintain the same ceiling heights throughout.
If a second storey is being added, ensure maximum heights are achieved. Also be careful to scale skirting and cornices to be proportional to the ground floor.
The selection of staircase material is also very important and should relate to the existing floor finishes. Ensure the stair void area is in proportion to the existing home and generous in width.
Where the local authority has restrictions on building heights, ceilings can be raised within the second storey roof frame to create a vaulted effect allowing height and feature.