Nobody likes looking at run-down, dilapidated buildings. Their grey lifelessness, broken windows and abundance of weeds combine to make them total eyesores. What might not seem so obvious is that such buildings can serve as a fantastic opportunity for you to put your DIY hat on and turn a neglected structure into a revitalised, welcoming home.
If the idea of house restoration appeals to you, and you have the budget necessary to go through with the project, then it’s time to think about the steps in the restoration process. After you’ve applied for planning permission and undertaken basic structural repairs, inspect the building’s drainage and then get going on the main structural works. Once these are in place, you can then concentrate on more specific tasks such as landscaping, carpentry, wiring and plastering. The final big step is to complete interior works like tiling and carpeting, after which you can carry out one last thorough check to see if the house is just the way you want it.
Just bear in mind that your input might be needed again after the restoration work is complete. Be vigilant for any potential problems, especially in the early post-construction stages, and set aside enough money in case you need to call back a contractor to fix something.
For a simple yet informative guide to house restoration projects, check out the infographic below from Chic Furniture and Gift (www.chicfurnitureandgift.co.uk).