Update Your Historic Home With Urban Ease

Update Your Historic Home With Urban Ease
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    Purchasing and restoring historic homes has never been trendier.

    If you're one of the lucky ones to own such an amazing property, you might have thought about updating the century-old amenities.

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But have you thought about what to do? Do you know how to properly renovate your home to make it livable without compromising the historic value and character of the home? Here are some do’s and don’ts to consider before tackling the renovation.

Updating Your Home Can Take Years of Hard Work

Planning your perfect update can take years of planning and researching and executing those plans can take months or even years to complete everything you wish to get done. Keep in mind, while you are modernizing and creating your home to have a more urban feel, you should make a conscious effort to preserve the architectural legacy.

Don’t expect all your renovating to be done in a few weeks, that’s unrealistic.

Protect Your Home

Older homes can be especially susceptible to break-ins. Update door and window locks around the house and install a home security system (if you don’t mind the modern technology too much). The shopping for hone security can be rather daunting. According to http://www.securitycompanies.com, there are around 5,000 security companies across the U.S. Take the time to decide what kind of coverage and features you want as well as what type of company you’d prefer to work with. Security companies can be multi-million dollar corporations or local family-owned businesses.

Be Careful About Adding a Deck, Patio or Porch

If you’re thinking about renovating your home to include a porch, patio or deck, you might want to think twice. They could have a negative effect on the home’s overall value if you don’t keep the look to the same historic period of your home. If you incorporate it seamlessly and it looks like it was part of the original design, then you will have a great addition that looks historically sound as well. You can add some urban touches by adding chic porch furniture or rustic pieces painted bright yellows or mauve purples for an eclectic mix. 

Do Realize That the Flooring is Great Already

Sometimes, the first thing people want to do with historic homes (besides putting on a fresh coat of paint) is rip out the flooring that’s already there. Historic homes usually have high-quality crafted floors that have withstood the test of time, so why would you want to rip it out or cover it up?

If the home has beautiful wood flooring don’t rip it out, restore it! Your old floors will look unique and authentic, while adding to the value of your home.

Do Try and Find Windows With the Same Feel

A century ago, they didn’t have the problems we do today with holes in the ozone and trying to keep the cost of energy bills down, so insulation and efficiency can be a problem. Shop around and find energy-efficient windows without compromising the home’s appearance. Look for windows with sophistication, charm and a distinction that plays into the 18th, 19th or 20th century.

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