One of the first decisions you must make regarding restoration or modernisation is whether to do all or most of the work yourself or have it done by professional builders or local tradesman. A working knowledge of Spanish is essential for DIY, especially the words associated with building materials and measurements. When restoring a period property it’s important to have a sensitive approach to restoration. You shouldn’t tackle jobs yourself or with friends unless you’re sure you’re doing them right.
In general, you should aim to retain as many of a building’s original features as possible and stick to local building materials such as wood, stone and tiles, reflecting the style of the property. When renovations and ‘improvements’ have been botched, there’s often little that can be done except to start again from scratch. It’s important not to over-modernise an old property, so that much of its natural rustic charm and attraction is lost.Even if you intend to do most of the work yourself, you must still hire tradesman for certain jobs. It can be difficult to find good tradesman, who are in high demand and short supply in some areas.. We have taken the time to build good working relations with local professional builders, who will take the time to explain all the building regulations here in Spain and provide assistance with all the permits and licences required, for each building project from pools to extensions and major building projects.