The Georgian era was a long one, ranging from 1750 to 1831, with many stylistic differences within the period. Homes were generally built to be spacious, light and comfortable, contrasting earlier styles. It was typical at the time for the first and second storeys to be occupied by the homeowner and their family, while staff lived on the top storeys. Consequently, these rooms are often smaller, with lower ceilings and smaller windows. There are many excellent features of Georgian properties, these homes being characterised by elegance, proportion and symmetry.
Our period building renovations offer expert services which maintain original features whilst greatly improving the function of homes in Stockton on Tees, Cleveland, Northallerton, Potto, Stokesley, Thirsk and the surrounding areas.
There are a number of factors to consider when refurbishing Georgian homes to ensure we achieve the best possible result. Some key aspects are:
Door Furniture – This is an essential element of Georgian design. Doors were mainly cast iron painted black, with central knobs. A number of manufacturers claim that brass door furniture was the norm, but this is incorrect. As period building specialists, we have thorough knowledge of traditional features and materials. Our services include sourcing suitable products for all aspects of renovations.
Wooden Style – Georgians were fond of painted woodwork, including doors, windows and furniture. If you wish to create an authentic feel in your home, it is best to avoid the modern tendency to strip softwood. Only expensive timbers such as seasoned oak and mahogany would have been left unpainted. It is also important to note that mouldings were almost never picked out in another colour.
Plasterwork – When undertaking period building renovations of Georgian properties, we pay close attention to interior plasterwork, especially fine ornamental details such as cornices, covings and ceiling roses. This includes taking great care when installing new wiring or heating systems, because large disturbances from above can damage plaster details.
It is just as important to take care of exterior plasterwork. Stucco was a common Georgian feature and we highly recommend using lime and not portland cement as a binder.
Original Features – Georgian features can be difficult to replicate, so it is definitely worth retaining and repairing them where possible. Fireplaces are a common aspect of period building renovations in Stockton on Tees, Cleveland and North Yorkshire, as are Georgian floorboards.
As specialists in our trade, we work closely with customers to provide the most appropriate solutions for every project. While we always aim to retain historic characteristics, we are just as focused on creating effective spaces which perfectly meet individual requirements for modern living.