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Do you know the full story of your house?

Knowing what has gone before will guide you in designa and renovation decisions going forward.

Knowing what has gone before will guide you in design and renovation decisions going forward.

One of the services I recommend my clients tap into is a Heritage Analysis of their house. It’s enormously valuable to know if a certain part of your Georgian Home pre-dates the rest, perhaps remaining from a previous dwelling, or if alterations have been made along the way. Here Derek Latham, of Lathams Architects tells us more – not only my father but also one of the most highly respected conservation architects in the UK (I’m very proud and love working with him and his talented practice of Architects) ….

Derek Latham, highly respected conservation architect

Derek Latham,
highly respected conservation architect

“To enjoy the use of any property to the full it is best to understand its history. The people who had the vision to commission it, the erudition to design it, the skill to build it, the opportunity to live, work or play in it – their successes and failures –the alterations and extensions, modernisations and adopted fashions. If you can appreciate where a building has ‘come from’, you can better understand where it might be able to ‘go to’.

Rather than guess what might be original and of importance, an analysis of the heritage of your building could help to inform you.

Dusting down the archives and researching the history of the property and comparing this with the buildings historic character can illustrate how the building, and, where appropriate, its landscape, can tell the stories of its own past.

Digging into the archives

In turn this informs the potential for current and future changes, improvements and modernisation, without prejudicing the genuine historic parts of the property, implementing changes in empathy with its existing character, compatible with existing materials and in a manner which could be removed by a later generation without having damaged the original fabric.

The compilation of a Statement of Significance – stating all that is important about the history of the building – that sets out the findings for future owners and occupiers, followed by a Management Plan for the property (and a master plan if major alterations and extensions are proposed) can ensure money is spent to the greatest effect”

For more information you can contact Latham Interiors https://www.etonsofbath.com/ or Lathams http://www.lathamarchitects.co.uk/

3 Comments
  • JayAnn Knox
    Posted at 12:22h, 26 January Reply

    Thank you for the blog post – it is something that we have begun to do in a big way – almost to an obsession now!
    We have recently bought a Georgian chapel, set in 1/2 an acre of grounds. To look at, it is not screamingly obvious in being Georgian, until you begin to peel back the layers. Our building began as a humble barn on a piece of land donated by the gentry to the non conformist faith way back in 1670 (and possibly beyond). We have picked up tiny references to it here and there on the internet but our biggest prize came in the form of the original Indenture, dated 1727, when the chapel proper was built on the site of the barn. Through more Indentures we have followed its history and have found old photographs documenting changes made when annexes were added.
    I would like to give it back its beginnings , but encompass something from the Victorian age too. Its a worry but a really exciting project and we can’t wait to begin. Just hope our garden residents (our old burials) will approve of the restoration.

    • georgianregencyinteriors
      Posted at 12:49h, 26 January Reply

      Wow sounds like an amazing project and great to hear that you’re approaching it in this way. Good luck.

      • JayAnn Knox
        Posted at 14:05h, 26 January Reply

        Thank you!

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