RESTORING AND/OR RENOVATING HISTORIC HOMES – A LABOR OF LOVE
Restorations preserve architectural heritage. Homes that are restored retain the original essence, exuding character and charm. Renovations don’t require keeping the look and intent of the original structure but should complement the style and tone of the rest of the home.
Inspection first is a major factor, especially relating to structure, wiring and plumbing.
Next, identify the period to be replicated, what features can be preserved and which ones need to be removed.
Find a builder or contractor who has a passion for preserving the style and historical beauty of the period you have identified. Does he/she appreciate the history behind period architecture, pay meticulous attention to detail, demonstrate superior craftsmanship, follow rigorous standards and know about time-tested materials and methods? Will the builder consider using salvaged and reclaimed materials as well as newer ones.
Modern conveniences can be integrated, such as kitchen design reflecting the look of the era, commercial lighting and acoustics. Restoration can be expensive requiring skilled artisans and is labor intensive. With the wide range of materials available, in-depth detailed research may take much time.
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