When modifying a designated historic property, consider preserving original features, using period-appropriate materials, and consulting with preservation experts. Research local regulations, obtain necessary permits, and prioritize changes that enhance functionality while respecting the property’s historical character.
Before the Interior Design and Remodeling of a Designated Historic Property
Here are some important steps you can take to begin planning the remodel of your historic home.
- Identify the historic character-defining features.
- Take measurements and notate the existing conditions.
- Conduct a historic window survey.
- Research the original materials of your home.
- Work with your local planning authority to ensure compliance with preservation regulations.
- Engage with preservation professionals.
- Determine a reasonable budget, including a cushion for unforeseen repairs.
- Select period-appropriate fixtures and finishes.
- Choose modern amenities that complement and do not distract from the original design of the home.
- Hire qualified skilled contractors with experience working with historic homes.
- Involve your local community and preservation organizations who can support and celebrate your efforts!
Why Use a Historic Preservation Consultant?
Embarking on a home remodel can be challenging, especially when your property is a historic house. But with proper planning and enlisting the help of a qualified preservation consultant, your remodel can be completed as smoothly as possible.
These professionals bring a deep understanding of preservation principles, local ordinances, and design guidelines. Their insights help homeowners strike a delicate balance between modernizing the property for contemporary living while safeguarding its historical charm.
Looking to update a designated historic property? Look no further than Historia Design’s consulting services.
Making Your Remodel More Budget-Friendly
One great way to save costs is to work with your designer or architect to preserve the floor plan as it exists and save the original materials where desired. Major structural alterations can add a great deal of expense that can be avoided by leaving the walls as is. Anywhere that you can save the existing tile, plumbing, and light fixtures can free up funds for any contemporary upgrades such as new appliances.
Consider going to yard sales, vintage stores, and salvage yards to source used materials and fixtures in great condition that might just need cleaning to make them as good as new. Don’t be discouraged by a little scratch or patina, these elements can contribute to the historic character and charm of your home. At the completion of your remodel you’ll be happy you saved some money all while contributing to the preservation of your historic property.
Work With Experts for Your Designated Historic Property Remodel
With a wealth of experience and a passion for seamlessly blending modern amenities with historical authenticity, Historia Design stands as your trusted partner in ensuring that your historic property remodel not only meets but exceeds your expectations. From meticulous planning to thoughtful execution, our team of expert historic preservation consultants specializes in preserving the unique character of historic homes while incorporating the conveniences of contemporary living.
Contact us to learn more about our consulting or interior design and remodeling services.