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How To Redevelop a Victorian Shop in Ellesmere Port

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Victorian Architecture is Here to Stay.

There is no need to throw the baby out with the bathwater.  Just because a building is old does not mean that you need to demolish it before you develop. In fact, there are numerous reasons why it is better to preserve an older building than knock it down.

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Modernising a Building Demands Modern Solutions

There are a few important steps that we have to take when we renovate any old building and these were completed in Ellesmere Port.

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Ensure that the building is structurally sound. Strengthen where necessary.

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Check for damp, ensure gutters and drains flow freely.

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Roof and windows, sound and sealed.  Replace or repair where necessary.

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Insulate now, save money later.

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Once the 4 fundamental steps had been carried out we had time to concentrate on the design.

Create long views where possible

Long views views, clear lines and a lack of clutter all help to create a sense of greater space.

The first rule using minimalism in a building is that minimalism applied to an efficient design will magnify the efficiency. The second is that minimalism applied to an inefficient design will magnify the inefficiency.

On the ground floor we created a large open space and a kitchen.  To the rear of the building we created a disabled toilet.  We kept the view open so that on entering the shop you can see down the whole length of the building.

The first floor presented a greater challenge.  The owner required a large office for himself, a meeting room, a sitting area and a bathroom.  In a tight space this risked creating a feeling of claustrophobia.

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