What is a Period Property?

What is a Period Property?

Buyers everywhere are falling for heritage properties and the demand for them is soaring despite new builds that boast the latest in smart technology and clean lines. The reality is that most homeowners prefer to live in a house with character and charm.


So, what is a period property? The definition is generally applicable to any property constructed before World War One.

Period properties can in turn be subdivided into eras named after the King or Queen who reigned at the time. They are usually known for their unique architectural features and historical significance. These properties have been gaining popularity in recent years due to their timeless appeal. 

There are many characterful homes out there that were built after the war, can’t they be period too? So another way we like to think of period properties is by the features it includes.

Coving, ceiling roses, fireplaces, large windows, high ceilings, hardwood floors and impressive staircases can all lend a period feel to properties built later in the 20th century. While these types of properties may not fit the dictionary definition of a period property, they are still in high demand. 


Whether it’s a Georgian townhouse, a Victorian terrace, or a Tudor cottage, period properties offer a glimpse into the architectural heritage of a bygone era, making them a popular choice for those seeking a home with character and a story to tell. 

Why are Period Properties so Popular?

Period properties are extremely popular, and one of the reasons is the spacious rooms and high ceilings decorated with cornice and ceiling roses.  

The larger rooms in period properties offer ample space for various creative endeavors. You can create cozy nooks, set up a home office, or even host memorable gatherings with your friends. And let’s not forget about those magnificent high ceilings!

They create an open and airy atmosphere, evoking a sense of grandeur. However, what truly elevates the charm of these spaces is the exquisite cornice and ceiling roses. 

The cornice acts as a decorative border where the walls meet the ceiling, available in a wide array of beautiful designs. It adds a touch of sophistication and style to any room.

On top of that, the ceiling roses, positioned at the center of the ceiling, serve as captivating decorative pieces. They bring an extra layer of elegance and charm to the overall ambiance. 


When you combine the spacious rooms, high ceilings adorned with cornice, and the allure of ceiling roses, you create a truly stunning and timeless aesthetic. It’s no wonder that period properties featuring these remarkable features are highly sought after providing that ‘wow’ factor.

So, if you’re yearning for a home that exudes character and style, a period property might just be the perfect fit for you!


Types of Period Properties

Victorian properties have become increasingly popular for a few reasons. First, their timeless architectural style and intricate details, like ornate facades and decorative elements, have a unique charm that many people find irresistible. Second, Victorian homes often have larger room sizes and high ceilings, which offer a sense of grandeur and spaciousness.

Lastly, the durability and solid construction of Victorian properties have stood the test of time, making them a sound investment for homeowners. So, whether it’s the classic beauty, the generous space, or the lasting quality, Victorian properties have definitely captured the hearts of many!

Edwardian properties have also seen a rise in popularity for a few reasons. Just like Victorian homes, Edwardian properties have a timeless appeal with their elegant architectural style and charming details.

They often feature beautiful bay windows, intricate brickwork, and spacious interiors. They were designed with modern living in mind, with larger rooms and improved amenities. Many Edwardian homes have well-proportioned bedrooms, generous living spaces, and plenty of natural light. 

Whether it’s the classic charm, functional layout, or desirable locations, Edwardian properties offer a combination of style and practicality that appeals to many homeowners. It’s no wonder they’ve become increasingly popular choices for those seeking a timeless and comfortable home.

Georgian properties have gained popularity. One of the main factors is their elegant and symmetrical architectural style, which exudes a sense of sophistication and timeless beauty.

Georgian homes often feature grand facades, symmetrical windows, and beautiful detailing, making them visually striking. The layout is often designed with practicality in mind, offering ample space for living, dining, and entertaining.

Georgian properties are also often located in desirable areas, with many of them found in historic city centers or picturesque countryside settings. Their historical significance and cultural value add to their appeal, making them sought-after homes for those seeking a connection to the past.

Overall, the combination of architectural elegance, spaciousness, and desirable locations has made Georgian properties a popular choice among homeowners. 


What are Period Features in a House?

Step into a world of timeless elegance and discover the enchanting period features that can transform a house into a true masterpiece. From the graceful curves of coving and the intricate beauty of ceiling roses to the exquisite craftsmanship of door surrounds and the stately presence of high skirting boards, these architectural elements add a touch of charm and grandeur to any space. 

These features can elevate the design of your home, creating a sense of history and character that will leave you in awe. Dive into the world of period features and unlock the secrets to creating a truly captivating and elegant living environment.


Renovating a Period Property

Renovating a period property is like stepping back in time while breathing new life into a piece of history and coving can be a valuable asset. Not only does it add a sense of style, but it also helps in maintaining the authenticity of the era. 


Period restorations, in general, are all about preserving the unique architectural features, intricate details, and craftsmanship that make these properties so special. 

It’s very unfortunate when the original coving has been damaged / removed. We don’t have a bespoke moulding service, however we do have many designs to choose from which are conveniently categorised by size and period style.


So, if you’re embarking on a period property renovation, don’t forget to consider the power of coving and roses. The addition of these will truly bring your historical gem back to life.


Transform your Period Property with Plaster Ceiling Roses

Plaster Ceiling Roses can help you add both character and value to your property... we have many designs that will speak to the heritage of your home.  

All our fibrous gypsum plaster coving is made by hand in a mould the same way it was 150 years ago... so it is still possible to choose and buy an authentically styled period plaster cornice.

Fitting cornice is a skilled job. Usually everyone can fit the paper faced coving sold in the DIY superstores but fitting our fibrous plaster coving requires more skill.

A tradesman who specialises in fitting this type of coving is known colloquially as a ‘Fibre hand’, and prices for professional installation may vary depending on the complexity of the job. If you would like us to recommend an independent fitter in your area, please call us 0333 043 1471.

If you choose to undertake this as a DIY project, we have created helpful videos with professional coving installer, Mark Draper. Mark showcases the necessary steps to fit your coving and helpful tips. 

Our website features a wide range of sizes (small, medium and large) plaster coving & cornices, and they are categorised in period styles such as Art Deco, Classic, Georgian and Victorian for convenience.  

Why not order a coving sample from us? You’ll know exactly what you’re buying; its size, quality and how it will look in situ. You can also show the sample to your fitter. If you need any further help or advice you can email service@shawfieldpark.co.uk or call 0333 043 1471.

Back to blog
1 of 3