Restoring an old home can be a labor of love. For one thing, the process might end up being rather expensive – there’s no shortage of projects to undertake when it comes to returning a run-down structure to its former glory. But living in a virtual construction zone for weeks, months, or however long your renovations take can definitely wear you down. Of course, if you simply can’t stand the cookie-cutter tract houses that tend to dominate modern home construction, and you love the charm and character that older homes have to offer, then you may be willing to live with the hassle and shell out the dough to make a once-grand structure shine again. And here are just a few of the trends in restoration that you might want to observe during your own project.
The main shift in sensibilities when it comes to upgrading older homes seems to revolve around preservation. Whereas a few decades ago homeowners were more likely to gut older homes and throw out original items like fixtures, cabinetry, and so on, the trend nowadays is to restore every inch of an older home and preserve as much of the original structure as possible. In some cases this means finding ways to revert newer additions (made by previous owners) to near original items. For example, you might find yourself dealing with sagging, broken, or deteriorated modern, particle board cabinets that aren’t original. And if you’re going to replace them, it’s best to avoid newer items and seek out period appropriate options (often reclaimed from another older home) instead.
Of course, only part of the restoration process centers on keeping things the same. The other half of the equation is making necessary updates without detracting from the traditional charm and character that make your old home unique. And there are definitely upgrades you’ll want to make in order to enjoy a functional home. For example, updating systems like plumbing, electrical, and HVAC can only help to make your home more comfortable and livable. And for the most part, no one will ever see these updates. Most likely, you’ll also want to include modern appliances, and this is fine.
What you should avoid if possible is updating fixtures and finishes. Keep these the same as much as you can by simply cleaning, repairing, and otherwise rehabbing the original aspects of the home. Don’t forget, you can also work to increase energy efficiency. In terms of windows and doors, you needn’t even replace existing items in most cases. Often, simply replacing seals and reseating these items will correct issues like air leakage and drafts. But of course, you could also upgrade insulation and even install solar panels discreetly, depending on the orientation of your home and/or the layout of your property.
One final trend to consider when you restore an old home is knocking down interior walls to create an open concept floor plan. Older homes may be broken up into several small rooms, which is not what most modern homeowners are looking for. If you like to entertain and you want an open space in which to do it, there are definitely ways to open up some interior walls without compromising the integrity of the structure or losing the flavor of the architecture. You may just have to call in a professional company like Restore 24/7 Franchise to help you complete your project correctly.