The Edwardian house…should you buy one?
If you are thinking of buying a new home, it’s tempting to think that buying old is a bad move and will lead to years of drafts and constant repairs. We have all heard reports of expensive period properties, Grade 1 listed and Grade 2 listed buildings crumbling into decay.
Modern v old
Buying a modern home, by contrast, might make you think of energy saving and a sturdier construction, rather than relying on conservation and inevitable sash window restoration. After, all, haven’t we made huge advances in the construction industry since the days of King Edward VII or George VI? Surely, we have discovered better materials, with modern technology and manufacturing?
It may be worth thinking again. By the time the Edwardian era had come along, in the early 20th century, building standards had already been vastly improved since previous generations.
Added to that, the quality of materials they used has rarely been surpassed and by comparison construction today can often be relatively fragile. Just look at how many Edwardian buildings still stand today: strong, sturdy and solid. A modern house, over the same period of time, could well have begun to crumble or at least be in need of significant repair.
Timber and brick
Yet the majority of homes that were built from the late nineteenth century to the outbreak of the First World War in 1914 were constructed with bricks which were dense and durable. Whilst maintenance of a home is always necessary, the timber that was used in Edwardian times was of high quality; windows could last for centuries, many of which are sash windows that are still in existence today.
The design and style of modern houses is often seen as dull, and lacking in any real depth of character. This is often to do with costs slimmed down to cover essentials, with a size-to-fit approach, rather than a lack of creativity. Energy saving with a crisp, modern feel combined with economy of materials, tends to be the factor that drives innovation today.
Contrast this with the timeless appearance of Edwardian homes for which architects used the Tudor timber framed buildings and stout early 18th century houses as their models of inspiration. Using this backdrop of ideas, they created Arts and Crafts and Neo Georgian style properties that had artistic appeal as well as solid construction.
With some clever maintenance and installing slim double glazing to old box sash windows, you could find yourself living in the best of both worlds.
Envirosash provides high quality sash window restoration services to London and the South of England. We restore, draught proof and install slim double glazing into existing period windows and doors. We also manufacture bespoke made to measure windows and doors, all our joinery is crafted from Accoya wood.
Contact Alex on 0800 292 2309 today to arrange a free survey and quote with no obligation.