London’s architecture is widely recognised as being among the best in the world and a great many of the city’s properties are fine examples of London’s heritage. The vast majority of houses found in London’s Chelsea, Kensington and Westminster are Georgian in origin. Whilst these properties are stunning inside and out, they are not always the most efficient for modern living.
Significant steps forward have been made with construction materials and architectural design since these London properties were built. As such, many homes in London are out of step with contemporary practices to ensure energy efficiency and sound insulation. Even London houses that have been renovated at some point in the past are in need of modernisation, typically around 20 or 30 years ago, to make them more attractive for modern home owners, both from an aesthetic and environmental perspective.
For property renovation, London is one of the leading cities in the world. If you own or are looking to purchase a Georgian property in the capital, it is vital that you look into how you might be able to modernise or renovate the property before you buy. Sometimes, if it is a listed building or in a conservation area, modernisation or creating a new layout could be very challenging. We recommend you take advice on the structure and fabric of the building, including the windows and the floors, the layout, the stairs and fireplaces before buying your property in London. This ensures you are confident of what could be done to your property and what cannot . Taking this step could have a huge impact on your comfort in your London home as well as your carbon footprint.