4 Tips for Preserving the Style of a Historic Home While Renovating

4 Tips for Preserving the Style of a Historic Home While Renovating
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    When you choose to purchase a historic home you may want to spend a little time exploring the options open to you for maintaining its style while you renovate your property.

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There are many considerations to work within when restoring a historic home, including the original style and how any changes could affect price and the preservation of the property. From simple steps like how to paint exterior walls to preserving architectural and historical details should all be considered.

Check for Local Records

If you are new to restoring a historic home, you may be shocked at the level of research you can do to return your property to its former glory. Getting hold of the original plans for any property is always a possibility and could provide you with clues about how the property looked when it was first built.

Tax records and photos from local newspapers can also provide clues for yourself and an archeologist. If you aren’t able to find information about your exact home, just simply knowing when it was built will help you. You can determine what other homes built the same time as yours looked like and base your renovating plans off that.

 

Determining the Best Use for Any Property

The National Park Service reports one of the first steps to take is to determine how you intend to use your property in the future and decide whether a historic home meets the demands you are setting. For example, if you are looking to use a historic property for commercial use you will need to meet the code requirements mandated locally and nationally.

Stay Within a Color Palette

A large amount of research has been undertaken by groups such as the National Trust for Historic Preservation which provides information regarding color palettes. Determining the original date and style of your home will allow you to explore the options open to you when you decide to paint exterior walls. Various books and research papers have been published providing information about the historic use of color for various styles and time periods.

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Incorporating Modern Touches

There are many ways to incorporate modern design features into your historic property but this should be done with care and caution. It is important you make sure the modern features of your property are identified easily in a way that allows the viewer to identify which features are original. Modern additions should not blend seamlessly into the original design as this can be seen as falsifying the history of any property.

The easiest way to make sure you are preserving the historical integrity of a home is to work with experts who can guide every decision undertaken. Some of the difficult decisions you will have to take include repairing instead of replacing them. If new materials are required they should be sourced to match those installed on the property originally.

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