It is widely accepted that the modern home has strong connections dating back to Victorian and Edwardian times. Up to 1918 homes from that period reflected a time when public health was a priority consideration and when private renting the norm for most families. Between the wars, marks a major change in house design and tenure, away from terraces towards cottage-style homes and the establishment of local authority council housing for poorer people. These were the ‘Homes for heroes’ and, politically, the provision of a good home was seen as crucial in preserving the stability of our nation.
After the Second World War our story reflects an ongoing preoccupation with how we would provide new homes in sufficient numbers. In the immediate post-war era a rebuilding programme took place to ‘win the peace’ with the deployment of prefabrication a symbol of British ingenuity and resolve. In the 1960s and 70s it is often not appreciated that we came close to addressing, at least numerically, the nation’s long-term housing shortage, but failed to provide solutions that worked with communities.
In just two decades we saw the rise of the residential tower block and its fall from grace, an expensive and damaging episode. Thereafter we see a period characterised by an expansion in technical information and guidance as housing moved further from its craft-based roots.
Residential properties nowadays make up a large proportion of historic listed buildings in the UK. Many of the homes built for the emerging middle classes and the rich are a lasting legacy, adorning many UK towns and city districts today.
There is evidence to suggest that historic buildings in residential use (whether built originally for residential or industrial purposes) can command higher prices than new build. Furthermore, prices of modern apartments and houses can be enhanced by being in a neighbourhood of historic buildings. This has resulted in a large number of historic and listed residential homes, tower blocks, terraces and cottage-style houses being refurbished and upgraded. Fortunately these buildings are usually of special architectural, or historic interest, and being covered by a listing, are subject to the rules and regulations governing what, and what not can be done to them.
Working on historic, and/or listed residential properties creates a unique and exciting challenge and is something which CRL Restoration would be pleased to assist you with through all stages of the project.