Like the UK as a whole Solihull has some wonderful period houses – with some of the oldest housing stock in Europe. Buying an old property for renovation can be an exciting way to get the best of both worlds – the traditional look and feel of a historic home, with the advantages in comfort and convenience of a modern build.
Planning your improvements
Depending on the condition of your property there can be many aspects to consider: damp proofing can be important for an older building, timber preservation may be vital to the structural integrity of the house, and electrical systems will undoubtedly need updating.
One key area for work, if you want a period home with modern comforts, is energy efficiency, heating and plumbing.
The energy use of your home, along with attaining an even comfortable temperature will depend on the level of insulation you can achieve, and the quality of your hot water and central heating systems.
Our tips for getting the best from your systems include:
- Make sure you find the right boiler for your property – there are many highly energy efficient units on the market, but make sure the one you choose has enough capacity for your home.
- Find a highly recommended plumber and gas engineer for all your system and boiler installation needs. A good installation firm will be able to take care of all your plumbing requirements, including fitting your new bathroom.
- Think carefully about the temperature controls on your new system – room thermostats will give you the greatest degree of control and allow you to set the main thermostat slightly higher for better overall performance.
Find out more about MJC for your renovation project
Whether you’re embarking on a full scale project or simply need a boiler service, we can provide all the services you need: we are cost effective with qualified and experienced engineers.