Restore a Period Property in Ireland - Articles, Advice & Information

If you are considering renovating or restoring an older property or just looking for general advice we have listed some articles and information here that hopefully you will find useful. To connect with other people who may be able to offer advice please join our Facebook page!!!

High Value Household InsuranceHigh Value Household Insurance
As an owner of a high value or period home, it's important that you have the right insurance in place for your property, contents and valuables. By choosing Wexford Insurances, you'll have access to a director and or a designated account executive who'll take the time to understand your individual requirements and arrange the right protection for you.
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Sources of Funding and Grants AvailableSources of Funding and Grants Available
Owners of period properties are conscious of the immense privilege and enjoyment to be derived from their homes. Indeed many view their role as one of custodian, acting as a guardian of Ireland's built heritage. However, the maintenance and the conservation of a period property can place considerable financial burden on the owners.
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Research Your Period PropertyResearch Your Period Property
Have you ever wanted to know more about your period property? Ever wondered who lived in it or when it was built? The Irish Georgian Society can help you discover the history of your house, which can be rewarding in itself, but if your house is listed on the Record of Protected Structures, this information can be useful when applying for planning permission.
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Highlights and Pitfalls of RestorationHighlights and Pitfalls of Restoration
From TV shows to your builders suppliers, restoration is very 'now'. Garreth Murphy from the Irish Mail on Sunday reports on the highlights and pitfalls. Who hasn't felt a tug at the elbow when watching Grand Designs or Restoration on TV on a cold winter's night and heard the words: 'Wouldn't it be great if we could buy an old cottage and do it up?'
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What is a Listed (Protected) BuildingWhat is a Listed (Protected) Building?
A protected structure is a structure that a planning authority considers to be of special interest from an architectural, historical, archaeological, artistic, cultural, scientific, social or technical point of view. If you are the owner or occupier of a protected structure, you are legally obliged to prevent it becoming endangered whether through damage or neglect.
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Buying and Restoring a Listed BuildingBuying and Restoring a Listed Building
Buying a listed building and restoring it as a home seems like an ideal enterprise to many people, but the reality is they need massive amounts of time, effort and help, writes Brian O'Connell of The Irish Times. For many property romantics, the dream of owning a listed building can quickly turn into a financial and logistical nightmare.
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Thatching FAQsThatching FAQs
Water reed thatching is a proven system with a life expectancy in excess of 60 years. A thatched roof is sturdy, durable and an effective barrier against the elements and is impenetrable to bugs, birds and vermin. It is not only beautiful on the eye, but also environmentally beautiful. From harvest to the finished roof, thatch uses a minimal amount of energy...
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Tips on Restoring an Older PropertyTips on Restoring an Older Property
Thinking about restoring an older property? Know what you're getting into and do all your homework, writes Claire Coughlan. Time to forget the past – not likely. 'In with the old' seems to be the motto for property nowadays, as restoring older houses is enjoying new found popularity. Perhaps the notion of recycling is as applicable to buildings as...
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Working With Lime MortarsWorking With Lime Mortars
Henry O'D. Thompson from The OldBuilders Company is an expert in lime mortar rendering. The OldBuilders Company provide special skills in lime mortar rendering and other conservation and restoration work in one or more areas of your project, or they can handle the entire construction management. Henry has put together an article for us...
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Natural, Breathable, Biodegradable PaintsNatural, Breathable, Biodegradable Paints
Stoneware Studios in Youghal, Co. Cork produce a range of traditional paints and natural limewashes for historic buildings. They also supply the Earthborn range of paints and decoration products. Earthborn is a range of eco paints and natural varnishes that provides a healthier alternative to conventional paints and varnishes.
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Energy Saving Tips in Older BuildingsEnergy Saving Tips in Older Buildings
So you are looking at an old house and hoping to buy! Sustainable Energy Ireland have put together a very useful guide for anyone who is renovating an older building. When carrying out the renovations it is sensible to incorporate some energy saving measures with other home improvement work to save you money in the long term.
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Advice on the Repair of Old BuildingsAdvice on the Repair of Old Buildings
Stoneware Studios offer comprehensive advice on the use of all their products and materials. Their historic building experts can also advise on almost all matters relating to the repair of old buildings. The 'Method Statements' are a collection of practical, tried and tested application techniques developed for the user and applicator.
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