Many people want their own little piece of history. While many accomplish this by inheriting a family heirloom or by purchasing antique furniture, others have a “go big or go home” approach and buy entire houses.

These homeowners value the house’s rich history and the unique architecture that isn’t always available in a contemporary home. Yet, making an historic home function for a modern family can be difficult--so homeowners turn to experienced remodelers to get the job done.

While these homes can hold restrictions from a historical society or unpleasant surprises like decaying wood, the remodels can have some of the most beautiful results. As you look through the slideshow, take note of the perfect blend of modern and historic in these gorgeous properties.