When you choose a vintage home as your dream home, updates and renovations are almost a necessity. However, there are several parts of your home that are worth keeping – original details that would be difficult to reproduce, but can easily be saved and incorporated into your new design.
Vintage Details to Save
Dentil molding, decorative cornices and brackets, Victorian fans, and medallions are just a few of the intricate examples of original charm you may find around the outside of your home.
Interior and exterior specialty glass includes original transoms, stained glass, and leaded glass. These are common in the front entrance, sidelights, stairwells, and even interior cabinetry. Make sure to clearly mark these glass features to be saved and preserved during renovations. Plan your decor around them for a maximizing effect.
Crown moldings come in many profiles and sizes, and if in good condition, can be saved in vintage homes. Tray ceilings are a lucky find and worth saving, even if serious restoration is needed to return the ceiling to its original grandeur. You may also find original picture molding and chair rails in formal areas, such as the dining or formal sitting room. These may require some replication, but a construction company with experience in historic home renovations, such as Fein Construction, can easily blend new and old materials for a seamless look.
Under layers of cobwebs and dust, you may find original marble, granite, or fieldstone. Pay close attention to the mantel as well. Often, you may need to replace brackets only, or, conversely, you could save decorative brackets and replace a decaying mantel piece. Even in rooms where the fireplace has been closed off, you can still have the decorative benefit of an original mantel or surround.
Now that you know what to look for, you are ready to begin the transformation and restoration of your vintage home. The combination of original character and modern updates will add intrinsic – and economic – value to your home years into the future.