5 considerations you need to make before restoring your listed stone property

Listed Stone Property

An introduction to listed stone properties and grades

Since the pandemic, the housing market has seen growth like never before. New houses are not being constructed quickly enough, and prices are going through the roof. It’s no surprise. Therefore, that house buyers are looking at older buildings where they can make a home. But what do you do if you have found your perfect older home, only to find that it’s a listed stone property offering many hoops for you to jump through before you can restore it?

This month, Coulon Stone looks at what you will have to think about before you start to restore your listed stone property and how you will need a local stonemason onside to support you through your project.

In England, historic buildings, whether for residential or commercial purposes, are often protected to prolong their lives. Let’s look at what each of the grades means for a building and what you will need to think about if your listed stone property falls into one of these categories:

Grade I – The property is of exceptional interest, generally historically. Much of the grade 1 listed buildings in England are holy grounds and churches. Only 2.5% of homes have grade I listing. This is the most challenging grading with incredibly tough restrictions to get through.

Grade II* – These buildings are considered particularly important and usually have stunning exteriors. Take a look at Stratford upon Avon high street to see what we mean. Whilst you will be able to restore these buildings a little more easily, extra precautions are in place.

Grade II – Your building is of particular historic or architectural interest and should be preserved in every way possible. Older cottages or grander houses of significant importance often fall into this list.

You will be able to see which of the grades your home falls into by checking the National Heritage Listing for England. Use your postcode and any keywords to look up your listed stone property before you decide to purchase.

Considerations for your listed stone property

Now that we have taken a deep dive into graded properties and what you can expect from each grading, let’s look at what you need to think about before deciding whether you can restore your listed stone property.

Permissions you have to be granted

Making any changes to your new home will require the agreement of planning, your local building authority, and you will need to apply for listed building consent. This consent can be a challenge to successfully apply for, as conservation officers will need to look into your home and take its historical significance into account.

Specialist home insurance to protect your home

Home insurance is a must to protect any home, but when you are insuring a listed stone property, you must make your insurers aware that the property is listed. Depending on the type of home you are buying, specialist insurance may have to be taken out to protect your home. This is because any damage to the property may have significantly more financial implications than others.

Ongoing maintenance and repairs

Don’t forget that even after you have completed your restoration, you will need to consider that your listed stone property will require ongoing maintenance to keep it in excellent condition. Ongoing maintenance and repairs are far more cost-effective than letting your building fall into disrepair, but you will need to factor this in when you weigh up your abilities to complete the project.

Working with a specialist team

You will only want to work with trusted teams who have experience working with listed stone properties. This is not a task to be taken lightly, and you will need to trust your team of contractors to come in and restore your home using the correct methods and materials.

Using original and traditional materials and methods

If planning permission is granted and you have successfully applied for listed building consent, you may have been asked to use traditional materials and techniques when completing any restoration on your listed stone property. This is so that you are not altering the appearance or the character of the building.

The benefits of working with a local stonemason

If you have decided that you can save your dream property, you will need to carefully consider who you work with to make this restoration a success. As you need to think about the materials and methods that will be used on your listed stone property, an average tradesman or stonemason may not be able to offer this service. Finding a specialist stonemason, therefore, should be top of your list when considering what you need to restore on your graded home.

At Coulon Stone, along with our domestic work creating or restoring staircases, fireplaces and kitchen worktops, we work with restoration projects across Buckinghamshire and beyond. Working on historic and beautiful buildings to restore them to former glory gives us tremendous satisfaction. Being a trusted stonemason for many homes and historic buildings across the South East means we have huge experience in graded building projects.

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Coulon Stone can support you with your listed stone property

If you plan to purchase and restore a listed stone property in 2022, speak with Coulon Stone today. We have been working as trusted stonemasons since 1990 and have a considerable amount of advice and information ready to impart. We have excellent links to the surrounding Buckinghamshire area based just outside of High Wycombe in Stokenchurch. We are happy to work beyond the home counties as a reliable team.

From building restoration to stone monuments, Coulon Stone is the specialist stonemason team you need to work with on your listed stone property restoration this year. Give us a call today or book an appointment to visit us at our showroom.