to Stay in an old house can be a great experience. Older homes have more character and not look just like all the other houses in the area. At a certain point, but you can think of to make a room larger, to get more light, or making a bathroom or kitchen remodeling project. On the other hand, remodeling older homes brings up its own set of problems. Here are some things to consider before you start:
to Assess the home: we Have experts to examine the plumbing, electricity and structure. You will probably need to upgrade the electrical system, at a minimum, but you should understand what other changes you will need to make. A civil engineer can tell you how the structure of the house has deteriorated, and the changes that you can do with security.
Consider the walls: Many walls in older homes are load-bearing, because the builders could not easily support larger spaces. If you can’t remove a wall, create a bow or leave a decorative column to keep the floors above from sagging.
Plan for outdoor: If you create an extension, make sure it harmonizes with the rest of the house. You don’t want something that sticks out like a sore thumb. Sometimes you can use modern materials, but make sure that the architectural details remain consistent. This will not only help to preserve the character of the house, he will see to it that it remains attractive to future seniors – home buyers.
Interior: to Preserve as many of the original details-molding, hardware, sculpture, stencil – which you can. The renovated part of the house should repeat this little feature. Focus on the use of similar materials, colours and building techniques. See how many parts of the original house, you can keep. Repair of vintage interior doors. Repair and refinish floors that are damaged. And reglaze that claw foot tub!
energy Efficiency: Most of the older houses are not particularly effective, but a remodeling project gives you the opportunity to change this. See where you have insulation, if any, and plan to add more. Look for the replacement of windows and exterior doors with more energy efficient models.
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.