Here are Some Tips on Restoration of Antique Structures…
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It is understood that you cannot be expected to refurbish each and every
part of an antique house; but there are certain details that can be attended
to comfortably. Where exteriors are concerned, you can take care of the
fencing, any cast iron work or fretwork, coloring, original design of
the garden, necessary hardware, windows and doors, other joinery, and
light fittings. Appropriate furnishings including furniture, coloring,
wallpapers, ceiling papers, fabrics, and stenciling would come into interior
Let us take the exteriors first. Now, when you see the mortar of an old
house crumbling, you might panic wondering if the house is going to come
down! In actual fact, soft lime mortar was the material used to construct
these ancient structures. The logic behind utilizing this soft material
as a cover for bricks and stones was to prevent any moisture from dampening
the walls. Dampness opts for the path of least resistance during evaporation.
This is what ground moisture contains—harmful salts that undergo crystallization
after entering the atmosphere. During this process, if these salts reach
brick surfaces or stonework, they cause flaking to occur. Mortar acts
like a bodyguard and takes the brunt of the attack. Also, mortar is able
to absorb movement. So when you see the outer walls crumbling, do a repair
job with soft lime mortar prepared with the help of a traditional recipe.
Never go in for hard cement!
Again, where timber windows are concerned, they will lose their antique
charm if you are going to use metal as a restoration material. Go in for
covering up the damage or decay with the aid of new timber parts. It will
not do to get rid of the original fabric at all!
Let us now step inside the building. Where kitchens and bathrooms are
concerned, modern appliances can definitely be utilized, while retaining
the original character (never mind which era or century the house belongs
to). You cannot be expected to forgo modern conveniences and live the
way your ancestors did!
But do retain the original decorations as far as possible, especially
stenciled ones or wallpaper. A little bit of soft soap and warm water
should get rid of accumulated dirt. Even a rubber will do the job. It
really does not matter if the entire appearance is slightly faded; after
all, you cannot expect ancient things to look as good as new! Even your
visitors will not mind! These decorations let us feel the Edwardian or
Victorian (for example) character of the house. Your knowledge about the
society of those times is enhanced.
Of yes, if you are worried about obtaining the exact materials or something
similar to take up restoration or refurbishing, don’t! They are available
and so are tradespeople who will go all out to help you if you are clear
about your expectations. You will be surprised to discover how enthusiastic
they can become over a mere structure after you explain everything to
them. Only be careful to go in for traditional hardware instead of modern
ones or modern screws. Your house must be able to tell a tale about a
bygone era via its façade alone!