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Historic Homes: Expert Awards

Having a historical home can be quite an adventure. While the old-fashioned style and charm might draw compliments, maintaining an older home and following the strict regulations around registered houses can be quite challenging. That’s why we asked our experts for their advice on navigating the tricky waters of historical home ownership–and renovations.

Our experts had a lot of helpful advice and tips from their own lives. By knowing exactly what’s in store, home owners can save themselves a lot of time, money and headaches.

Below, we’ve compiled a few of the helpful answers our experts provided. Check back later in the week for a follow-up article!

What challenges do historic home owners face?

Are there any updates you would not recommend in a historic home?

How can a home be modern without losing its old-world charm?

Can laws protecting historical landmarks affect your remodel options?

Most Inspiring

"When it comes to historic properties, I am a purist! It’s important to respect the architectural integrity of any built environment when renovating. Imagine a circa 1970s avocado and harvest gold kitchen in a Victorian home! ... You don’t want to skimp on the details when renovating historic properties." read more

Laurie's comment is inspiring because it helps paint a picture of what a historic home can be when it is renovated properly. Attention to detail might be tedious and complicated, but the end result is unbeatable. Don't cut corners or get distracted by modern fashions, and your home will be better for it.

eLocal Expert Network

Most Creative

“Most preservationists don’t want to change windows in older homes, for aesthetic reasons and in some areas there are ordinances against it. This is just fine by me, for efficiency reasons it’s not the first concern, even though some consider windows first for savings. Drafty they may be, but the house as a whole can be improved to reduce drafts as well as improve insulation, as many are at best poorly insulated. This means air sealing in the attic, and tightening up the walls.” read more

Jason's comment wins most creative because it helps homeowners think outside the box on their historic renovations. Replacing the windows might be your first instinct to improve insulation, but actually there are a number of other, more effective, less invasive ways to improve drafts in an old home without losing the period charm.

eLocal Expert Network

Most Insightful

“We look at owning a historical property like we look at owning a home on the water. The privilege to own such a property comes with inherent cost and risks. This needs to be accepted going in. Municipalities and historic societies can sometimes dictate what and how you perform certain renovations and upgrades. It’s is best to do the research and due diligence ahead of time.” read more

We liked Richard's comment because it highlights both the benefits and risks of owning a historical home. Such an investment can cost homeowners a great deal of time and money, so it really needs to be something that you love to do, and are willing to sacrifice for. Doing your due diligence ahead of time is key.

eLocal Expert Network

Most Articulate

“When remodeling old homes, keeping a focus on the materials and style in the period of the home costs more. It’s a lot like owning a wooden boat: you really need to love it because it takes ongoing work.” read more

Nancy's comment is to-the-point: maintaining a historic home is a labor of love, and if you don't love it, you won't enjoy the process. Historic homes are expensive and time-consuming, and owning one is not for everybody.

eLocal Expert Network

Most Informative

“The biggest mistakes that people make in restoring historic homes are not making a thorough structural evaluation and not having a sequential plan of action. You must have a good roof and a substantial structure before you do anything else. You will save loads of time and money by sticking to a well thought-out sequential plan. Too many people put the cart before the horse and start doing all sorts of cutesie decorating before making the house structurally sound.” read more

Pablo's comment really cuts to the heart of the matter, identifying the biggest mistake historic homeowners make: worrying about details when there are bigger concerns at hand. If your house isn't structurally sound, you have nothing to work with and you're dead in the water. Making sure the roof and walls are solid before doing anything else will save you a lot of trouble and heartache in the long run.

eLocal Expert Network