Renovation Tips: Modernizing An Older Home To Preserve its Charm

Renovation Tips: Modernizing An Older Home To Preserve its Charm
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    Older homes have a charm and appeal that too many modern homes lack.

    People love the rich molding and incredible details, but they do come with their share of problems.

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Built before central heating and cooling systems, they may have boilers without any air conditioning. The electrical systems are usually subpar and unable to handle the demands of our technological age. There may be dated wallpaper in need of replacement and energy efficiency is likely a serious concern. Here are a few ways you can bring your property into the modern era without losing any of the charm you fell in love with.

In-Floor Heating

You can buy in-floor heating systems to work with your existing boiler. These systems allow you to eliminate the radiators without adding ducts to your house. You can lay the radiant heating lines below ceramic tiles, wood floors and even some carpets. You’ll maintain the wonderful charm of your home, while making it more energy efficient.

Make it Cooler

Trying to add ducts to an existing home can be costly and time-consuming. However, modern contractors have come up with a better way. High-velocity, mini-duct HVAC systems use small ducts to move air at high speeds. The small, flexible ducts can be run through existing holes without having to open up large amounts of plaster. The grilles are very inconspicuous because they’re less than three-inches in diameter, so these won’t detract from the look of your home.

Open Up Some Space

One downfall of older homes is that rooms are frequently closed off from each other. This poses a problem in an era of open floor plans. Consult with an engineer before removing any wall to make sure it’s not load-bearing. Strategically remove walls to create larger, more functional rooms.

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New Colors and Paper

Whether you love the charm of wallpaper or hate the extra patterns, this is the time to update the look of your home. You can bring in new colors to change the feel without taking away the charm. Even if you go with similar patterns of wallpaper, you’ll still have bright colors to make the entire house look like new.

Finally, don’t underestimate the value of new doors and windows. You can find new doors designed with a historic look, but they’re far more energy efficient. While you may give up the single panes and wood dividers, you’ll gain double-panes of glass with grids that are tucked away inside the glass for easy cleaning. You’ll make the home energy efficient and more comfortable without altering the look. Along with the right HVAC solutions and new colors, you can bring your home into the 21st century without losing the any of the charm.

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