Heritage How-to’s

Informative resources about maintaining and conserving heritage buildings

There are several great articles and technical guides that can help you make informed decisions about maintaining and retrofitting your heritage building. 

Please note that all the sources below are suggestions only. Be wary of any article or resource that encourages removal or alteration of character elements such as windows, wood-burning fireplaces, or ventilation systems without discussing options for improvement with retention. Every building is different and any project may require the expert advice of a hired professional. Exercise caution when taking on any maintenance tasks including proper safety equipment and appropriate tools. VHF also recommends always obtaining appropriate permits for any work on your building or home.


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ELECTRICAL

Electrical work should always be handled by a certified electrician.

ENERGY ADVICE & SUSTAINABLE RETROFITTING

Looking for a grant to help with the costs of making your heritage home more energy efficient? VHF offers a Heritage Energy Retrofit Grant to aid with the cost of energy evaluations and sustainable retrofits.

HERITAGE BUILDING EXTERIORS

Planning on restoring exterior elements? See VHF’s Restore It Grant terms and conditions to verify if your project qualifies for funding.

HERITAGE BUILDING INTERIORS

LANDSCAPES & GARDENS

LANEWAY HOUSES

PAINTING

Considering painting your house? VHF’s True Colours Grant helps homeowners to restore the exterior of their heritage home to the original paint colour scheme.

WINDOWS

Considering restoring windows or installing storm windows? You may be eligible for a grant to help with the cost. Review VHF’s Heritage Energy Retrofit Grant and Restore It Grant terms and conditions to see if your project qualifies for funding.


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