The key to renovation of existing buildings especially period buildings is to preserve the structure & fabric of the existing building especially if there are any period features of architectural merit i.e., sliding sash windows, ironwork, stonework, plasterwork etc.
It is better to conserve, restore & repair, than replace. The two projects illustrated were similar in that the exterior fabric & period features were still in place but in varying states of repair, however the interior period features of both buildings had been stripped out by ill -conceived renovation works by previous owners.
In both cases, we preserved & repaired the exterior of each building, but made a contemporary intervention to the interior, which did not affect the fabric of the external building envelope and could be reversible in future without affecting the period features of each building.
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