What to Keep and What to Get Rid of When Renovating a Historic Home

Historic homes can be beautiful – to look at and live in. However, historic homes can also have their downsides. For instance, the walls are often poorly insulated, which can result in not only warmer than usual summers and colder winters, but also expensive renovation costs to supply more insulation. In fact, many states won’t allow new homeowners to change anything about the exterior of a home that is registered as historic, which can make renovation limiting and much more expensive. Also, you might have a hard time choosing what to keep and what not to keep. Here are some things you might want to keep and some things you might want to get rid of when renovating a historic home.

First off, you want differentiate the original floor plan from the newer floor plan. Many historic homes have had renovations before – sometimes major renovations – sometimes entire additions were made to the home. Oftentimes, these additions can lower the value of a historic home, so when you do renovate, you want to get rid of the add-ons and restore the original floor plan. Bringing the home back to its original grandeur is always a smart move when it comes to renovating a historic home.

Also, you don’t want to get rid of the original structural details. For instance, window casements and stairs. Oftentimes, these elements of the home were created by individual craftsmen and they give the house a distinctly antique and historic air. However, many of these details might be hiding beneath a few layers. For instance, stairs might be covered with carpet. These structural elements might have a few layers of age to them, so it would be wise to restore them, but never, ever completely get rid of them.

Next, you can most definitely get rid of the old heating and air conditioning system in a historic home. Many of the times, the old heating and cooling system of a home requires almost what seems like prehistoric methods to keep the temperatures of the home at a constant level. So, you might want to have a team come in and install a brand new unit. There are many reasons for this and one of the most important is energy efficiency. Not only can you reduce your month energy bills, but you can also receiveĀ tax credits for energy-efficient improvements – making this upgrade all the more worth it.

Lastly, never get rid of the floors. One of the most important parts of a historic home is the floors. No matter if they are wood, linoleum or concrete – the floors are one of the most unique elements of a historic home. And just like you can determine the age of a tree by counting its rings, you can determine the age of a home by looking at the floors. Depending on the materials used for the floor, an appraiser can take one look and determine the true age of your home. This is important for curiosity’s sake and for when you finally want to sell your historic home.

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