If you have a historic house and want to renovate, here are eight points to consider in advance:
Recovery or Renewal? you Are to restore the house to its original glory or renovate with an eye for the modernisation of the house while maintaining its historic character?
Do Your homework: There are a lot of resources that will tell you how your home should look like, and how to restore it. Each state has an office of historic preservation. They will help you, even if your house is not registered as a historic home. Also look for renovation networks, preservation associations, or other groups of like-minded renovators.
Designing a Plan: If you have big changes in mind, you will need an architect and contractor who are familiar with historic houses. They can help you to come up with a plan on what should be and what to replace. This plan will make the next step easier.
Preserve all the Historical Details: keep in mind that all of the elements that give the house historic character, including plans, hardware, lighting, and the shape and size of the rooms. Think of how you can achieve your renovation goals while preserving the house’s historic character.
Find the Craftsmen: Hire subcontractors familiar with the construction methods and the unique features of your home period of time. You may have to search a little to find the people who offer the specialized skills you need.
Find Suppliers There are companies that make “like-old” materials, which are new, but corresponds to the aesthetic standards of their time. If you want materials with the patina of age, look around at flea markets, salvage yards, and demolition sales.
Know Your Budget: If your funds are not unlimited, decide in advance which parts of the house that you will focus on. You may need to start small, with one or two central points, such as restoring the stairs or replacing the molding.
Preserve Exterior:, You want your home to look like from the outside, but keeping the historic exterior is difficult when you modernize. You may want to have modern energy efficient windows, but can seem to be out of place in an old house. But some companies can install new triple-glass panels, while the restoration of the original frames.
Joaquin Erazo, Jr. is the senior vice president for marketing and public relations at Case Design/Remodeling, Inc. Find a home remodeling company near you or read our home remodeling tips blog.