By Gideon Sumption of Stacks Property Finders
From priest holes to gargoyles, how unusual period features can be the making of a property.
“Of course, not everything can be adapted successfully. A sweeping staircase that once had airy stairwells on the first or second floors, allowing light into a hallway, is likely to be filled in to create features such as bathrooms – wholly necessary, although they may detract from the feel of the house,” comments Gideon Sumption, director of Stacks Property Finders in Devon and Somerset.
The main value in adapting period features into the modern fabric of a home is not so much in their tangible worth as their curiosity value. Something that raises a buyer’s interest, says Mr Sumption, ‘encourages them to emotionally connect to a property’ – valuable, indeed.