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?
"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
“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
“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
“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