RENOVATING AN OLD HOUSE?
Five Reasons Why You Should Always Use a Contractor Who Specializes in Period Homes:
- If you’re living in an older house filled with period charm and character, you probably want to maintain that. But finding new fixtures and materials to match what’s already in your house isn’t easy: Lowe’s and Home Depot probably aren’t stocking the hottest home features from 1920. Period home contractors know where to find original, salvaged period home features, including doors, moulding, windows, doorknobs, cabinet pulls, and much more.
- If you tell an old home contractor what year your house was built, odds are that he or she will immediately know how that house was built, what materials were used for everything from floors to roofing, whether it was initially heated with oil, gas, or by fireplace, what the original electrical system looked like, the layout of the original floor plan and even the position of support beams. They will recognize changes that have been made over the years, too. This historical awareness makes a big and positive difference when you’re planning for the future. (For more info, visit the WHAT IS A PERIOD HOME page on our web site)
- Contractors specializing in old homes know how to update them for modern living. For instance, one of the most common issues that owners of older properties face is a lack of storage. At Charlie Allen Renovations, our portfolio is filled with clever solutions to the old house storage conundrum, adding closets, cabinets, and drawers to scores of older homes without adding any new square footage. (For more info, visit the REMODELING page on our web site)
- A well-maintained old house provides aesthetic appeal to our neighborhoods and historic character to our communities. Period-appropriate exterior restoration is key, and your contractor should be aware of historically appropriate exterior materials and paint colors. If you live in an historic district they will also have the necessary contacts to help you navigate local renovation and restoration regulations.
- Like a psychic with a strong batting average, a good old home contractor should be able to prepare you for old house issues that might be uncovered by your renovation project: the older your home, the likelier that things like rot, mold, or issues posed by previous renovations may emerge when work gets underway. A contractor with experience in period home renovation can help you build a project budget that accommodates potential old house aches and pains.
PLEASE JOIN US!
It’s time for the Cambridge Historical Society Spring Benefit! Please join us for a fun and festive evening with hors’ d’oeuvres, wine, and beer donated by Cambridge Brewing Company. “Made in Cambridge” will include a conversation with three of Cambridge’s own makers, including Pedja Kostic of Iggy’s Bread, Angela Sawyer from Weirdo Records, and Jeremy Spindler, of Spindler Confections.
Wednesday, May 3 from 6 – 8 p.m. at the MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617/661-7411 for more information.
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