Remodeling Older Homes
This article "Address Issues Before Remodeling Older Homes" was written by John Gillette and published in the Houston Chronicle on March 4th 2018.
The attraction of buying and living in an older home that has features from a particular era is hard for some to resist. If you have purchased an older home and love its character, you may have to make decisions on whether and how it should be restored or remodeled.
Older homes often come with challenges such as structural issues, water damage, plumbing and electrical issues that should be addressed first before remodeling. Discuss your budget and options with your remodeler to help decide whether to preserve and match the style of the home or rip out and update.
Custom-designed and built cabinetry is the preferred option to be explored when renovating an older home. While it seems as though stock cabinets may be easier on the budget, having your cabinets created and built will give your home a more authentic look and offer a wider variety of door styles, finishes and size options. The cabinets will be measured, designed and crafted using the unique specifications of the room so they will fit perfectly.
If your home is of a particular architectural style, cabinets will be designed and built with same or similar wood.
Cabinet molding can be fabricated to match other molding in the home. If your home has unique molding that needs to be repaired or replaced, look for a remodeler who has the proper machines and tools to replicate. This is a process that takes time, precision and expertise.
If you would like to keep your existing cabinetry, it can be updated with new doors, drawer faces and hardware. New soft-close drawer slides can be added so drawers open and close more smoothly. New cabinetry can be designed and built to match existing cabinetry for additional storage and workspace.
If you are planning to add an addition to an older home, your remodeler should focus on the goal of creating a harmonious transition from the old to the new space. This rule will help maintain the overall character of the older structure. Your designer can replicate materials, finishes and other details from the original house into the new addition to maintain continuity. Make sure your remodeler and designer have experience in restoring and renovating older homes.
It is important to work with a contractor who understands your goal of preserving, restoring or adding to your older home. Choose an experienced and creative remodeling team to ensure your project's success.
This article also published online at Home and Garden News