We've taken on quite a few Victorian properties recently – beautiful buildings that have been chopped up and knocked around a bit over the years and now need a bit of love and care.
The challenge for us is to preserve the history and unique qualities of these buildings and at the same time create homes that are designed with contemporary living in mind.
Sometimes this means knocking down walls. Sometimes it means pulling up floors and even moving staircases.
Which means carefully removing original bricks, pulling up individual boards, dismantling entire banisters, spindles and steps – all to be cleaned up, sanded and treated – then put back in their new and proper place.
Restoration takes time, care, love and money.
It gives us splinters.
But it feels good.