If you watch home renovation shows on television, you know historic homes are a dream to own and a potential pain to remodel. Seeing contractors and do-it-yourselfers alike struggle with some of the surprises that happen once sledgehammers break into walls might make you nervous about completing a historic remodel. Should that be you, here are three benefits to consider about renovating your own slice of history.
1. When you remodel a historic house, you are preserving a piece of history.
Whether the house is an example of a specific era of architectural design, an infamous site, a place where a well-known person lived in its four walls, or it was built during a significant time in local history, it has substantial value. Historic homes, when they are kept up and well cared for, are a point of pride to their residence and community.
2. When you remodel a historic house, you are helping save the environment.
Building a new house can take more time, energy, and resources than a remodel. Renovating a historic home conserves resources by making use of its vintage materials. Utilizing original wood beams, mantels, fixtures and flooring can keep the historic characteristics alive in your home while updating other amenities.
3. When you remodel a historic home, you are adding tangible and intangible value to the community.
Historic homes – especially ones in historic heritage districts or listed on the National Historic Landmark Registry – come with a more heavily involved process leading up to remodeling. Rules and regulations are set in place to make sure any renovations that are done stay true to the original design of the home. This helps each community retain the significant and beautiful places that make up its history in tact. While the standards for a remodel on a historic home are more exacting, there are subsidies, tax credits, and even grants to help offset expenses. Check with your local or state historic preservation office to see what is available to you.
Are you considering a historic home renovation? Contact us today to learn about how we can help you make the seamless transition from old to new.