In Curbed's weekly column, Period Dramas, writer Robert Khederian answers question about how to remodel older homes. This week, Khederian gives advice to homeowners and remodelers on getting started on a historic home improvement project. If you are taking on a historic home improvement project soon, you may want to share this list with your clients. Here are just some pointers:
- Warn your clients that the quaintness of a historic home often also means that clients will need to be comfortable without some of the amenities of a 21st century home. Living without amenities such as evenly cooled and heated rooms may be something that your client will need to get used to.
- Water damage plays a big role when it comes to historic homes. Around ceilings, floors, and windows water damage can lead to many structural problems (and sometimes bugs). Be sure that your client is ready to take on this challenge.
- Begin renovations on roofs, windows, and masonry as those components are the most likely areas where one can stop future damage from happening. While on an aesthetic level, your clients may want to renovate their kitchen space first, it's important to start from the ground up.
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