The Most Common Issues That Arise When Renovating a Historic Home

When renovating a historic home, it is important to develop a balance between the old and the new. Homeowners try to integrate modern conveniences and necessities without compromising the integrity of the house. This can often lead to renovation issues if work is not planned and executed properly. Here are some of the most common issues that arise when renovating a historic home.

Often homeowners want to fix or replace windows first. Old, ineffective windows can reduce a home’s energy efficiency significantly, and they an also lead to other structural problems if left unattended. In a historic home, this can be a problem, however since the windows of a historic home are often original to the building, and very unique. An extremely common issue that historic homeowners encounter is that they work with a professional who does not know how to renovate, replace, or replicate windows in a historic home properly. This can seriously damage the style and authenticity of the house. To prevent this issue, be sure to work with an individual with a strong reputation for restoring historic houses and windows in particular.

Another common historic home renovation issue occurs during the roofing process. Historic roofs are often very distinct in color and style. Frequently, homeowners do not realize how this impacts the authenticity and character of the home. Typical black or grey roofing will not always do. While it will pass inspections and coding, it could completely take away from the home’s condition. In addition, replicating the original roofing may be unsafe and may not be up to code. Instead, stay true to the home and the time period during which it was built. This may mean you have to use specific materials that look like slate, or tile but are also contemporary and fire resistant. This helps you to get the look and the safety you need for your home.

While painting your home may seem like a simple change, historic homes, especially those that belong to a historic preservation organization, must adhere to strict paint colors, restrictions, and options. Often homeowners will paint a home without realizing that there are guidelines, and so they will have to spend additional time and money to re-paint the entire exterior of the home. Choosing time appropriate and style specific colors will help to preserve your historic home authentically. You could even be eligible for historical home grant funding if you stick to the rules. Also be sure to add the proper lighting, trim, hardware and mailbox to your home for a complete look.

Owners of historic homes often run into issues with renovation, specifically regarding their windows, roofs, and paint color. To avoid these problems, work with a historical preservation renovation specialist and contact your historical preservation association. This will ensure that you have the resources and information to make well-informed, appropriate renovation decisions regarding your home. This will allow you to spend less money correcting inaccurate mistakes and more money on other home projects like having to repair or replace your air conditioner or buying new kitchen appliances.

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