So, you’re ready to start a renovation on your heritage home. That’s exciting news! But updating these iconic Aussie homes can be an involved process.
These beautiful examples of Australian design date back to the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and they come with a list of council regulations. If you’re hoping to bring your piece of Australian history into the modern age, we’re more than happy to help you do that, but there are a few things you need to know first.
First thing’s first.
Are you wondering what it is about a heritage home that makes it stand out from others? You can often tell from the detailed timberwork; wraparound verandas; decorative rooflines; chimneys and intricate designs in the windows.
Now, on to renovations. Council regulations mean that update to these homes you need to follow a few rules.
Day-to-day Upkeep Is Generally Okay:
If you’re working on the home to maintain its condition, you should be fine to proceed. If you’re not altering any of the features, then go ahead. Please take care of your home and keep it in tip-top shape. Just be sure to check in with an industry professional and the council if you don’t know.
Beyond that, things get a little complicated:
According to the NSW Government, folks who own a heritage-listed property may not proceed with the following:
- Demolish the building or work
- Damage or despoil the place, precinct or land, or any part of the place, precinct or land
- Move, damage or destroy the relic or moveable object
- Excavate any land for the purpose of exposing or moving the relic
- Carry out any development in relation to the land on which the building, work or relic is situated, the land that comprises the place, or land within the precinct
- Alter the building, work, relic or moveable object
- Display any notice or advertisement on the place, building, work, relic, moveable object or land, or in the precinct
- Damage or destroy any tree or other vegetation on, or remove any tree or other vegetation from, the place, precinct or land.
In addition to the above, it’s worth noting that you also can’t choose any old colour scheme.
The exterior of a heritage home holds a lot of significance. For that reason, councils have rules around what kind of facelift you’re allowed to give the property. The NSW Government states that you may not coat the property with “paint uncharacteristic of the period of the building or work”. In addition to that, you cannot paint parts of the building that were not previously painted, and you may not strip paint from formerly painted areas.
Altering significant features like window frames or roofing are also considered a no-no, and overly abrasive cleaning methods like sandblasting are not accepted.
There are, however, ways to refurbish and modernise these classic homes while retaining their original integrity. It just takes time, patience and some industry experts.
If you’d like to learn more about heritage renovations please reach out to the ATN Constructions team. Give us a call on 0418 867 997 or contact us here.