Planning for Success

For owners of Heritage or Listed properties the prospect of redeveloping their homes can be more than a little daunting. Planning constraints, the possibility of unexpected additional costs and issues concerning the matching up of new and existing materials can all seem overwhelming. However, for a quality-focused builder every heritage project provides its own unique set of exciting opportunities to find solutions to the challenges faced. Supporting clients and managing these risks are all part of the beauty of heritage and listed building projects for Luke Coltman, Director of Ideal Building & Joinery Services. 

“Working with a client from initial consultation through to handover is always an interesting and enjoyable journey. Yes we face problems but we rarely come up against anything that we haven’t overcome before and the challenges make working on older properties such a rewarding experience.” 

Getting planning permission is the first hurdle. Planners tend to be more likely to sign off projects which restore original features and this can often be used to the home owner’s advantage. 

“We really like to be involved in a project from the very start so that we can assess the client’s needs and provide input at the initial design stage. We advise clients to dig out old 

plans or photos of their property to identify features that we can seek to reinstate as part of the work.” Tom Armstrong, Director of Ideal Building & Joinery Services. 

The beauty is that traditional features like Farmhouse kitchens, open fire places, reclaimed brickwork and exposed oak beams never become dated unlike many contemporary design features. If, over the years, a property has lost some of these details then bringing them back as part of the renovation can improve the chances of gaining planning permission. 

During a recent project on a Grade II listed home in Hungarton, Leicestershire the Ideal team carefully rebuilt a gable end to the original 1700’s design ensuring that the new work perfectly matched the existing features. This level of craftsmanship and attention to detail is absolutely vital to the successful delivery of restoration projects on heritage properties. 

It’s not just the end result that Ideal insist on being of the highest quality. Delivering a satisfying experience for the client during the project is a major part of the company’s strategy. 

“As customers we felt informed and well up to speed with how the job progressed. We were impressed with the professionalism as well as the level of finish.” A and A Piggin