Victorian renovation in Belfast

Gavin and Catherine Gracey took on a Victorian restoration in Belfast that kept to the style of their 120 year old property.

Gavin and Catherin share how they went about their Victorian renovating in Belfast, including:

  • How they renovated the kitchen and living areas
  • How it went with the planners and having to revisit the application
  • Build choice and tendering to three builders
  • Strict fire regulations and how they were dealt with
  • Wanting to build in the roof space and how it was tackled
  • Dealing with existing chimneys and chimney breasts
  • Biggest splurge, tips to stay on budget and on schedule
  • Full specification with before and after floor plans


Written by Astrid Madsen

Astrid Madsen is the editor of the SelfBuild magazine. She previously held the same role in an Irish trade publication, before that she worked at the National Standards Authority of Ireland. She graduated with a BA in Urban Studies from Columbia University in New York and holds an MBA from the Instituto de Estudios Bursatiles in Madrid. France of origin, she now lives in Portarlington, County Laois, where she's taken on the task of renovating a listed building! Email

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