There’s a lot to be said for eschewing modern, cookie-cutter homes in favor of the architectural masterpieces of old. Whether you are drawn to turn-of-the-century Victorians with their many decorative embellishments, you like the abundant wood in craftsman-style structures, or you’re interested in the clean lines and ample glass found in midcentury modern architecture, there’s no denying the appeal of older homes. When compared to modern tract homes, it’s not hard to see the attention to detail, the charm, and the character that older homes offer. And yet, the one area in which newer homes trump the competition is that there is no work to be done. When you purchase an older home, chances are good you’ll find yourself obligated to perform renovations, which can quickly get difficult and expensive. But it’s not hard to avoid the mistakes that are sure to end up costing you the most. Here are a few you’ll want to steer clear of.
The first and most important thing to avoid is removing original pieces. Anything that is original to the home should be salvaged and restored if at all possible. The main reason to do this is that it will likely save you money over buying brand new replacement pieces. Why spend money on new cabinets, for example, when you have solid oak or other hardwoods already designed for the space? In addition, newer products are often made from substandard materials. If your cabinets have lasted 100 years already, why replace them with something that will only last ten? And of course, you want to preserve the look of the home that attracted you in the first place.
Of course, there are some caveats. You should, for example, test for common hazards like lead paint and asbestos before you start your renovation project. This could help to determine what you are able to salvage and what will need to be replaced. And you’ll also want to update certain elements of older homes, although most of them will remain unseen. The electrical wiring, for example, may not be up to code. Or the plumbing might be crumbling. And you almost certainly want modern, energy efficient heating and cooling options. Plus, there are modern appliances to consider – what are the odds you want to use a wood stove to cook food? Just make your updating as minimal as possible and avoid buying into current trends, which are sure to look outdated within just a few years. Stick to classic design sensibilities and mimic the style of your home as much as popular when it comes to upgrades and rehabilitation.
The last mistake to avoid is thinking you can do everything on your own. There is no shortage of online tutorials to help you with old home restoration, but there may come a point when you have projects you simply can’t complete on your own. In such cases, don’t hesitate to call in experienced restoration experts like those at Restore 24/7 Franchise that can help you to return your older home to its former glory. The end result will be a beautifully restored structure that you’ll be proud to call home.