Research the era that it was built in
Perhaps this is an obvious step for people who own historical properties, or maybe the reason why you bought a property is because you are educated in the era that it was originally constructed? However, if you feel relatively oblivious to historical construction then you should consider doing the necessary reading in order to understand how to proceed with your project. It’s the sensible thing to do, and their are certain standards to consider when restoring a historical building (and with your project likely to be costing a lot of money – the last thing that you want are legal ramifications affecting your budget).
Retaining the original look and feel
When restoring your property you should be sensitive to the original purpose and features in order to keep the historical elements intact. You should recognise that that buildings are products of their own time – which is one of the many reasons why they are so interesting to many people. The skill lies between modernising the property yet keeping its historical context firmly in place.
Natural ageing is a beautiful thing
When you take on a project like this you should be respectful of the natural changes that have occurred to your property over the years, and remember that with age comes beauty when talking about structures of this type.