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    • bluedrop
    • By bluedrop 30th Nov 17, 12:02 PM
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    Edwardian house - What to expect?
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    • 30th Nov 17, 12:02 PM
    Edwardian house - What to expect? 30th Nov 17 at 12:02 PM
    Hi all,
    A 4 bed detached Edwardian property came on the market today. I love the room sizes! Looks like it has been reasonably updated and it has double glazing throughout. The vendors are downsizing to move into a granny flat. So everything is perfect.

    We live in a 1930s semi. What to expect from Edwardian homes in comparison? Are they expensive to maintain / heat ? Can we do to keep the gas bills reasonable?

    Would you buy an Edwardian house? Or should I just forget this and look at the new builds Barratts are building on the other side of the town?
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    • n217970
    • By n217970 2nd Dec 17, 1:31 PM
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    I grew up in a 6 bed Edwardian house - fantastic amount of space, garden was great for kids - about 3/4 of an acre (in the middle of a town) but it was bloody cold. You wanted to use a PC upstairs in winter? Need to wear gloves. Probably would have been ok if the old fireplaces upstairs were still open and had roaring fires in each one. Parents tell me the gas bills were still huge even though house felt cold.
    • Lord Baltimore
    • By Lord Baltimore 2nd Dec 17, 5:06 PM
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    I grew up in a 6 bed Edwardian house - fantastic amount of space, garden was great for kids - about 3/4 of an acre (in the middle of a town) but it was bloody cold. You wanted to use a PC upstairs in winter? Need to wear gloves. Probably would have been ok if the old fireplaces upstairs were still open and had roaring fires in each one. Parents tell me the gas bills were still huge even though house felt cold.
    Originally posted by n217970
    Brrrrrrrrrr! Perhaps if you'd worn period clothes indoors you would have been more comortable? Y'know, fingerless gloves, a scarf, and a top hat. Coupled with a herringbone overcoat and a woollen throw, you could have been toasty on the old chaise longe .

    Do they get colour TV in Edwardian houses?
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    • BoxerfanUK
    • By BoxerfanUK 2nd Dec 17, 7:37 PM
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    Edwardian properties will have some or all of the following: high ceilings; coving; old wiring; lead plumbing; timber rot; creaky floors; dodgy rooves; black mortar; poor insulation; aging brickwork; various DIY botchings; condensation, mould and cold.

    They are owned by frozen-looking senior citizens who want to move out before hypothermia gets them or people indulging in some sort of time-warp period drama mentality who are prepared to suffer for that olde worlde pre-first world war experience.

    Houses that are 120 years old cost an arm and a leg to maintain and heat. Their charm wears thin rapidly as your income and savings follow suit. You can divest yourself of this torture by owning a modern home and having money to actually enjoy your life
    Originally posted by Lord Baltimore

    Lord B..... that really made me chuckle.
    • spendinglikemad
    • By spendinglikemad 2nd Dec 17, 9:29 PM
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    Depends what sort of property you actually want to live in. We moved around 6 months ago from a modern detached 4 bed small garden in a small cul de sac to a large 6 bed edwardian house with in out drive an huge established garden and we absolutely love it despite the bills being larger! Love the high ceilings, large rooms and layout and love that there is character in the house - it just feels more 'us' and better for entertaining and the garden is amazing. Whilst our previous house was nice it was too modern for us. We did however update the heating system when we moved in as it was a priority for us to modernise the heating and add some fireplaces that had been removed in the 1980's!

    Get some nice slippers and jerseys!!! Actually it is nice to have a cool bedroom and I sleep better in this house than the previous one

    SLM
    Last edited by spendinglikemad; 02-12-2017 at 9:30 PM. Reason: typo
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    • kerri gt
    • By kerri gt 3rd Dec 17, 11:42 AM
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    Get some nice slippers and jerseys!!! Actually it is nice to have a cool bedroom and I sleep better in this house than the previous one

    SLM
    Originally posted by spendinglikemad
    Perhaps me and OH need to move to an Edwardian house, I always have the bedroom window open even when it's sub zero at night, can't stand a hot bedroom.
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    • Nadeshkarine
    • By Nadeshkarine 3rd Dec 17, 6:21 PM
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    Having grown up in an old house - yes definitely colder.

    I could very quickly tell an older less-well insulated house when we were looking around houses, they were the ones I didn't want to take my coat off in! But some we went around, including the one we have offered on, didn't feel that cold.
    In those cases they had put in double glazing in throughout, made sure frames were as draught free as possible and efficient heating. The EPCs on old houses I've seen (whatever they're worth) range from the worst possible through to B.

    Did I ever consider anything else? Nope. I love the high ceilings, the fireplaces, the period features and just the feel of older houses.

    My top tip - an electric heated underblanket. These things are amazing in the cold winter and you forget all about the cold rooms. I don't know how I lasted without one. Getting out of bed in the morning is a bit more difficult however!
    • bluedrop
    • By bluedrop 6th Dec 17, 1:57 PM
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    Thanks everyone. We saw the property and we really liked it.

    The owner extended it all the way to the side - so there is no side access into the garden ! I'd hate to put the bins outside in front of the house or in the garage.

    If you were me, would you compromise on this and just buy it?
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    • DaftyDuck
    • By DaftyDuck 6th Dec 17, 2:42 PM
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    We aren't you. At least I'm not, as far as I know.

    What I would do might not be what you would do. G_M gets the butler to put his bins out, for example....
    • cloo
    • By cloo 6th Dec 17, 4:48 PM
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    We live in a large Edwardian terrace. Front bit where it joins on to others in terace is warm, back, where there's a side return, colder. We have no side access to the front and it's really not a problem, all bins are out front. If you like it, go for it. I'd certainly take an Edwardian over a new build any time - bigger rooms, more character etc. They can have small kitchens if still in original layout, but a lot of people, us included have moved them into a larger space (we had to move an outdoor-opening loo in, too - it was the last unaltered layout house in our row, I think).
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