Restoring a historic home takes careful planning and consideration. Approaching this on your own can be a daunting task with no guarantee that it will be successful, so it’s better to work with a trusted remodeler. And as a trusted name in home remodeling services, J Bryant Boyd Architect Design-Build can renovate your historic home to meet your expectations.
When remodeling a historic home, here are a few tips to keep in mind:
Do: Start With the Masonry, Roof and Windows
Although it may be enticing to pick out the colors, fixtures, cabinets and other interior design elements for your home, what you need to prioritize should be the entire structure. That means fixing things that are already deteriorating to prevent further damage and repair costs. If your old home has drafty windows, make sure to get a full replacement. If your roof has missing shingles, flashing and other components, consider getting extensive repairs or even a full replacement. The masonry must be checked by a professional as well to assess its condition and make any necessary restoration work.
Don’t: Lose Its Architectural Style
Of course, adding a few modern elements to your historic home can’t be avoided. But keep in mind that you’re essentially restoring one big relic of the past, not converting it into a contemporary-styled abode. The idea is to retain as much of the original design as possible, so make sure to work with professional design build firms on how you can enhance the home’s elements.
Do: Subtly Incorporate Modern Features
When you plan on adding modern features and systems to your historic home, they should be out of practicality, necessity and convenience. For instance, if you’re getting windows specially designed and built for the old window openings, consider getting ones with multiple panes that are ENERGY STAR®-certified. And with a little planning and design, even the newer heating, cooling and electrical systems can be built in your home without necessarily taking out the old period details and other existing elements.
When it comes to custom home building services, J Bryant Boyd Architect Design-Build always gets the job done. Give us a call at (512) 930-1686 or fill out our online contact form. We serve homeowners in Round Rock, TX, and the surrounding communities.