In the world of house-hunting shows on streaming services, you’ll see lots of individuals who are searching for older homes with character. If you’re lucky enough to own one, it’s not hard to see why, either. The level of thought and craftsmanship that went into older homes is often nothing short of stunning

With remarkable features it’s tough to find in new builds, old homes have character that speak volumes about those who came before us, and preserving that as you work to integrate fantastic new features into your older home during an old home restoration can be tough. Fortunately, though, there are several things you can do to make it happen.

1 – Start with a List of What You Love

As you begin to plan your remodel, it may help to first start with a list of what you love about your home. Think back to what made you notice the home when you initially toured it. Keep your list to five or ten items before you move on, but think about things like the woodwork, the built-ins, the pocket doors, or even the flooring. As you begin to build a remodeling plan, ensure your team knows that those are the things you want to preserve in the home.

2 – Do a Home Inspection

You may have had a home inspection when you bought your home, but if you didn’t, or you bought your home some time ago, you’ll want a professional to take a careful look at the existing conditions of your home. Construction often brings many surprises, and understanding what the biggest issues might be with your home – like foundation or electrical problems – before you begin renovating is absolutely key to preserving as much of what you love about your home as possible.

3 – Don’t Plan to Gut Anything During Your Old Home Restoration

No older home needs to be completely gutted to make plumbing, electrical, HVAC, or any upgrades. Most changes and renovations can be performed with minor shifts to the home itself. Demolition means getting rid of what you love most about a space, and it’s tough to put it back once it’s gone. Work to make the upgrades you want most without completely eliminating everything in any given space in your home.

4 – Be Conservative with Structural Changes

Most older homes have structural issues that need to be addressed. There are ways to do so without totally eliminating that part of your home, though. This is true of the original walls, too. Even though you may really want an open floor plan, eliminating the original walls in your home often lead to regrets. Do what you can to save as many original features of your home as possible to maintain the home’s place in history.

5 – Repair and Refinish Where Possible

Often it’s possible to simply repair and refinish features rather than replace them. This is true of the floors, the woodwork, the sinks, and the tub in many cases. This is also true of the windows. While many homeowners seek to eliminate the original windows because they’ve been poorly maintained over time and leak air extensively, those windows are part of what gives your home its character. Fortunately, it’s very possible to repair them and make the as effective as anything you can buy today.

It’s possible to create contemporary comfort in your home without damaging the home’s original character. By working with old home restoration specialists like ReDev, you’re getting the best of both worlds.

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