Buying a historic home can be very exciting, but many owners of old homes find that some renovations are needed after moving in. Remodeling a historic home doesn't mean that the house has to lose its charm- there are many ways to maintain the home's historic integrity while also updating it to fit today's lifestyle. If you are undertaking a historical home remodel, use the following tips:
Work with a Contractor Experienced in Remodeling Historic Homes
In many cases, historic homes were built differently than homes today so it is in your best interest to hire a remodeling contractor who is experienced in renovating historic properties. Doing so can ensure that you are working with a professional who knows how to properly remodel an old home without causing any damage. If you have never renovated a historic home before, a contractor who specializes in historic houses can be a very valuable resource if you have questions about what changes to make to the house.
Preserve Original Features
Many historic homes have gorgeous hardwood floors, intricate molding, and other unique features that are not often found in today's homes. These features give historic homes their charm, and many homeowners do not want to remove these things while renovating. As you plan your project, make sure to keep these features in mind, and carefully protect them while the renovations are taking place.
Have a Comprehensive Plan
Before starting a renovation in a historic home, it is absolutely essential to have every detailed planned. You may want to consider working with an architect or interior design professional for help with your plans, and if possible get drawings of the plans so you can give them to your contractor. The planning stage of remodeling a historic home may be lengthy, but it will be worth the time when renovations start. After you have a comprehensive plan for your remodel, make sure that all materials have arrived before you have your contractor start the project in order to avoid delays.
Make a Realistic Budget
Remodeling a home is never cheap, and in some cases renovating a historic home can be even more costly than renovating a modern home. Depending on your budget, you may have to remodel rooms one at a time; don't make the mistake of taking on more projects than you can afford at one time. The last thing you want is to have a bunch of half remodeled rooms because you ran out of money in the middle of the projects.
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