Homes come in a variety of different styles, each with its own benefits and drawbacks. A sought-after type of home for its unique style are historic homes, which often exist in well-maintained neighborhoods full of old-world charm. But if this is the kind of style you’re interested in, you may be biting off more than you think: historical homes often come with a whole slew of regulations and laws about what homeowners can and cannot do on their property.

This week, we’re working together with eLocal’s Legal Resource Network to attack the issue of historical homes from two sides: the practical, and the legal.

Why We’re Asking:

Renovating a home is hard enough without having to deal with additional laws and restrictions based on aesthetics. We want to learn all the ins and out of renovation on classic homes, and help homeowners navigate the thin line between modernizing a historic home, and ruining it. We want to know how to keep that old-world charm without living in the dark ages.

So tell us, experts:

Home Expert Questions: What challenges face historic home owners?

Are there any updates you would recommend against in an historic home?
How can a home be modern without losing its old-world charm?
Can laws protecting historical landmarks affect your remodel options?

Legal Contributor Questions: What are the restrictions, rules, and regulations for historic property owners?

How do you make certain you are abiding by laws surrounding historical property?
How is a property listed in the National Register of Historic Places?

Knowing your limitations can really streamline the renovation process, so we look forward to hearing your advice!

Experts, post your answers in the comment field below!