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How to Renovate a Historic Home

Bringing a historic home into the 21st century is a balancing act of the highest degree. You want the latest luxuries without having to get rid of the charming period details of yesteryear. Whether you’re in the market for a home that exudes Old World craftsmanship or you’re ready to breathe new life into your historic residence, here are a few tips to get you started on the right track.

Find a Specialist

The first order of business is to find a contractor or consultant who specializes in the restoration of historic homes. An expert will be able to guide you through the process, knowing exactly what needs to be preserved and what needs to be updated. The last thing you want is someone who’s ready to rip it down to the studs without respecting the residence’s history, so do your due diligence.

Kitchens & Bathrooms

With all due respect to kitchens and bathrooms of the past, these are living spaces that we generally want to equip with top-of-the-line features. Don’t hold back when it comes to modern shower systems and cutting-edge appliances. While you can certainly choose to maintain a timeless aesthetic, it can also be fun to contrast contemporary with traditional.

Preserve the Period Details

What was it that drew you to the home in the first place? Often, it’s the original details, like antique floors, door casings, or stonework. Whenever it’s possible to salvage or reclaim these elements, it goes a long way toward maintaining the house’s character and sense of authenticity.

Integrate Technology

Wireless smart home systems allow you to discreetly outfit a historic property with the latest technology. Rather than installing a touchscreen to control your home automation system, you can take the reins on your smartphone to manage lights, thermostat, and more, often times without even requiring additional wiring.