When it comes to building work, historic homes need special treatment. Many old buildings cost more to upkeep and renovate than new properties and keeping a period home true to its origins requires detailed research.
Some historic buildings are listed buildings. This means they have been placed on the Statutory List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest. This list is maintained by Historic England in England, Cadw in Wales, Historic Scotland in Scotland and the Northern Ireland Environment Agency in Northern Ireland.
The main criteria for identifying listed buildings are: age and rarity; architectural interest; historic interest; close historical association; or group value.
If you are thinking of altering a listed building it is advised that you contact the relevant organisation for advice.