Sunday Morning Tip for Apr 29: 3 Considerations When Restoring Your Old House Back to Its Historic Glory

<span>Sunday Morning Tip for Apr 29:</span> 3 Considerations When Restoring Your Old House Back to Its Historic Glory
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    Do you have a house that was built in the late 19th or early 20th century?

    If so, then it has probably gone through a lot of changes over the years.


It has survived all of the different fads—like the white picket fences of the 1950’s and the thick carpets of the 1970’s. Here are some tips to help restore it to its historic glory.

Do Your Research

You know when your house was built, right? However, do you know what the style was like during that time? What paint colors were used on houses back then? Were there any features—like verandas or special fencing—that were popular during that time? Think of as many questions as you can regarding your home and then seek out the answers. You can probably find them easily by searching on Google.

Pick out the Right Materials

When it comes to restoring something back to its original glory, it’s important to be authentic. To do this, you need to know that types of materials that were used or find things that replicate those items. For example, you could contact a picket fencing contractor who specializes in fences catering to particular period styles. You couldn’t just go to any fence supplier to find that. The same goes for any other thing that you may want to include as you restore you home.

If you’re just focusing on the exterior, you’ll mainly need to worry about architectural design, paint colors and certain accent features. If you’re planning on changing the interior to look more historic as well, then you’ll need to consider furniture, paint or wallpaper, and other such things that would have made up your home’s interior design back in the day. To get the items you’d need, you might need to look into specialty suppliers who make replicas or you could visit antique shops as well.

Consider Necessary Modern Elements

If you’re planning on living in your historic home, then it’s important to make sure that it has several modern elements that may have been neglected throughout the years—like plumbing and electrical systems. You may also want to have modern kitchen appliances and other such modern necessities (or wants like TV’s and gaming systems).

Sometimes the clash between modern and historic can make things seem out of place. This can be helped, though, as you stick to a color scheme and let antique items be accents around the home. If you find this something that is difficult for you to do on your own, then you may want to consider consulting with an interior designer.

If you have a historic home, restoring it is definitely worth it. Not only will it add to the curb appeal with its uniqueness, but it’ll take those who visit back in time to classic periods just for a moment.

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Hannah Whittenly

Hannah Whittenly is a freelance writer from Sacramento, California. A full-time mother of two, Hannah enjoys imagining and planning projects to make her home more beautiful. Occasionally, she'll actually get around to starting one of them.