Should the lacework and balustrade on the facade of a Victorian property be restored during renovations?

According to Chatterton Lacework, the restoration of the facade including the lacework and lacework balustrade is a vital part of the renovation of a heritage property. Doing so will definitely increase the value of the property.

Older-style properties that marry the beauty and rarity of period decorative details with modern open plan living areas are much sought after in the property market. While restoration is not mandatory, it will definitely produce an attractive result.

However, restoring a heritage property is subject to heritage controls in many council areas in Sydney and Melbourne. But these regulations do not always prevent unsympathetic renovation and incorrect choice of architectural products on the facade including lacework and lacework balustrade. Homeowners can still choose materials that ruin the look of a heritage property, reducing the value of the home.