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Advice on renovating a period property

Apr 14, 2021 | Inspirations

Renovating a period property is the adventure of a lifetime. It’s an opportunity to unleash your creative flair and design a family home that breathes new life into a character-filled older house. There is much to consider and pitfalls aplenty, however, so for many people the best approach is to team up with an expert.

The charm of a period property is very often the opportunity to retain some or all of the original details: mouldings, architraves, cornices, sash windows, front door and many other features. There is also, of course, the possibility of creating a kitchen that is both in keeping with the era of the house and the requirements of a contemporary lifestyle.  

When it comes to period properties, the kitchen needs an individual touch. Many of these walls and floors will not necessarily be symmetrical or even straight in a house that has stood the test of time. A bespoke kitchen will benefit from tailored design and craftsmanship that elevate the space to its grandeur.  

Traditional kitchens by O’Connors of Drumleck have an elegance and finesse that work fluidly with modern, necessary conveniences. Our designers will listen to your ideas and focus on bringing them to life, combining effortless workflow and layout efficiency to create a truly harmonious room.  

We consider how you will use the space, integrating task and display lighting that shows off the authentic beauty of the room. A luxurious in-frame kitchen will last for many years and bear witness to countless happy memories.

We suggest you consider a designated pantry area, whether you have space for a walk-in room or a pantry cupboard, or both. For us, this is worth the investment for convenience and organisation. 

Kitchens for period homes are typically in-frame kitchens with a visible frame around each door and butt hinges for longevity. The craftsmanship is clearly visible in the perfection of the frames, ensuring cabinets and drawers will open and close easily for many years to come. 

A further thoughtful element of the design is including a large range or Aga cooker. These magnificent cooking appliances would typically have been seen in homes of the bygone era where the height of the ceilings can easily accommodate a statement rangehood. 

Decorative crown moulding and kitchen cabinetry may suit your period property and further enhance the original architecture. At O’Connors of Drumleck, our designers will take the time to discuss all elements with you and base the final drawings on your inspiration. 

Grey Inframe Waterford Period Kitchen

Contact our designers and arrange an appointment to view the showroom in Castlebellingham, Co. Louth by completing the contact form on our website or calling our office on 042-937-2625.