Ive recently purchased a large Victorian period property which needs a lot of work.
As the roof needs some attention Im biting the bullet and replacing much of the roof tile with solar panelling; the subtle looks just like slate tile variety so as not to distract from the character. Im also going to install under-floor heating throughout so will be removing much of the central heating infrastructure. The electrics are not to regulation and will also need replacing, as will the ancient plumbing. And because much of the plaster is blown, Im going to do a complete rip out and interior refurb, taking it back to the bare brick and updating from there.
Looking for a company willing to oblige isnt my problem at the moment. My problem concerns original features. I have no idea whats what; there are several fireplaces with ancient tiling but I wouldnt know antique from B&Q. And I am so very keen to maintain features where possible. Is there such a thing as an independent specialist who I could hire to do a walkthrough? If there is, what are they called? My considerable Google search efforts are thus unrewarded.