Villas were typically finished with timber lining or wallpaper, and a range of machined timber mouldings.
The main rooms in villas commonly had a ceiling height of 10–12’ (3–3.6 m), and one floor dimension of 12’ (3.6 m).
Typical features included a timbered ceiling with a central rose for the single gas or electric light, walls with wallpaper on scrim over sarking or match lining, a picture rail at approximately 8’ (2.4 m), and a decorative frieze used above the picture rail with a plainer paper beneath.
Interior walls were typically lined with timber, overlaid with scrim and wallpaper in living areas. Read more.
Baths became common from about the 1890s and plumbed-in toilets from about 1910. Read more.
Original villas commonly had electrical fittings of ceramic and brass. Read more.
Walls out of plumb or corners out of square
Some villa walls may be out of plumb or the corners may not be square. Read more.
Matching new mouldings and glazing to original
Skirtings, architraves and other mouldings are not made in imperial dimensions, making it difficult to get an exact match for original mouldings. Matching original glazing is also difficult. There are several ways to deal with these problems. Read more.
In some villas, borer marks may be visible in finishing timbers such as flooring. Read more.