Layout – The design quirks of homes built in these era’s are no longer desirable among modern families. Often the layout of character homes is inadequate for family requirements, where large open spaces are more desirable.
Cold and Dark - Does your Villa or Bungalow feel cold, dark and damp?
Minimal Storage Space - Often Villa's and Bungalows were built with out wardrobes and minimal storage space, our clients often find this to be a frustrating aspect of owning a Character home.
Lacking Indoor/ Outdoor Flow - Nowadays we crave open spaces in the heart of our home, the living area and kitchen area is the space where the whole family congregates.
Structure – The original framing of your Character home could be undersized, these are important components of the home such as ceiling joists, floor joists, rafters, insufficient bracing. Typically brick chimneys with lime mortar could be potentially dangerous.
Foundations and Subfloor – Settlement resulting in unevenness in the floor, subsequently this could result in door and window openings to be sticking; dampness under the building; insufficient ground clearance and subfloor ventilation.
Internal walls and ceilings – often lacking insulation such and are in need of to as incorporation of double glazing into existing sashes; incorporating hard lining; walls that are out of plumb or corners not square, cracked plaster ceilings, draughts or jammed windows and doors.
Brickwork - Common for cracks to appear in masonry, increasing dampness around brick chimneys and the walls of brick bungalows.
Health Risks – Existing asbestos or lead requiring removal.
Wiring – Unsafe wiring, inadequate number of electrical outlets.
Plumbing – It is common that the water pressure system will be low, and often terra-cotta and storm water drains are damaged due to fracturing, failed joints in pipes and intrusion by tree roots.