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6th July 2018

Heritage buildings come in many different shapes and sizes and have many different heritage characteristics. A heritage house’s characteristics are what give the building value to the state, nation or the world.

When it comes to restoring and preserving a heritage building’s characteristics, there are a rage of guidelines and procedures to adhere by. This blog will detail the procedures and processes that come with these heritage places and how to add your own touch of character to these character buildings.

Types of heritage places

The Queensland Government identifies four levels of heritage properties, international, national, state and local.

International heritage places are places of outstanding universal value that meet one or more of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation’s (UNESCO) ten selection criteria.

National heritage places, or national treasures, are natural and cultural places with outstanding heritage value to the nation. The national heritage list has natural landscapes (such as the Glass House Mountains) as well as historical buildings (such as the South Australian Old and New Parliament House).

Registered state heritage places have cultural heritage significance to the state. In the state of Queensland these places are classified into two categories, a non-indigenous place and an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander protected place. These state heritage places must be registered in the Queensland heritage registry under the Queensland Heritage Act 1992.

The Queensland Heritage Act details the procedure for the entry and removal of places from the state’s heritage register and provides a framework for heritage property related policies and procedures.

Styling a heritage home

Buildings already registered as heritage should ensure the buildings values is kept with the help of a heritage professional. Heritage professionals create Conservation Management Plans (CMP) to suit an individual building’s heritage values.

The CMP will outline conservation policies that reflect the cultural heritage significance of your heritage place. These policies and guidelines may restrict your ability to change aspects of the heritage home.

While you may be restricted in changing aspects of the property you are care free from policies when it comes to styling the home. Use furniture to reflect the home and your own personality by repeating the building’s elements in the furniture and by adding your own touch of texture or colour to the piece. By doing this you will be able to add a personal touch that suits the existing elements in the building.

Heritage stone built houses with white wood framing, like the semi-detached stone house, can be modernized and personalised with colourful wood furnishings, like the Replica Ercol Loveseat, that adds a colourful personal touch while replicating the wood material used in the home’s framing. Apply this styling technique and method to your heritage house to complement the home and add your own character to your character building.

By Tia Somerville