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Keeping the charm in an old house

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Older houses ooze charm, but they often aren't built to modern building standards. Renovating an old house can be tricky, especially if you want to keep the home's original charm. Depending on the style and the type of renovations that need to be done, the home could end up looking drastically different. Keep these tips and tricks in mind when renovating an old house to help preserve that amazing charm you fell in love with when you bought it.


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Matching Colors

It can be hard to match the building materials for older brick homes, but you should try to get it to match as closely as possible. That's especially true for mortar on older brick homes. If the color and consistency of the mortar work is off compared to the old work, it will be very noticeable.

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Hand Tools

When installing woodwork in an older home, you will want to use hand tools to get the job finished. Woodwork produced in the late 19th century was done by hand. It is nearly impossible to get a matching grain using modern sanders, so familiarize yourself with hand tools when replacing any woodwork in your historic home.


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Replace Your Roof

When you buy a home, there are a few things you should understand about the roof. A roof's longevity depends on the material itís made from and the general weather in your location. A roof that is designed to last 100 years and hasn't been repaired in the last 70 probably isn't worth sinking money into patches. A full replacement roof would be better in this situation. Inspect the roof of your house each year to check for broken or missing pieces. If you notice anything out of place, you should get it inspected by a roofer ASAP.


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Even if your home is an older one, don't be afraid of adding modern amenities to the house in the upgrade process. Home lifts are gaining popularity among homeowners looking at renovating their property. Lifts make it easier to move furniture up and down the floors of a home. They're especially valuable in multi-story properties built before electricity was invented. Home lift experts can help you decide how to incorporate this modern convenience in your historic home.

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 Upgrade Windows

When it comes to upgrading the windows in your home, be careful before you book a contractor. Upgrading the home to plastic windows can result in problems down the road. 30% of windows being replaced are less than 10 years old, while wooden framed windows can last a century or more. Not every window is the same, either. Restoring a house's facade with wooden windows can be notable in increasing the value of the home. But those windows on the back of the house no one sees? Consider replacing those or adding weather-stripping. Older windows can be made energy efficient by adding weather stripping and interior air panels. Curtains and shades should be shaped to fit each individual window.

Renovating an old home means balancing new amenities with the allure of the home's old-world charm. The contractor you consult with should be experienced in renovating old homes for best results.

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