When Historic Homes Have Their Architectural Details Removed

What To Do When Your Remodeling a Historic Home, How Modern Design and Construction Is Embracing History And You Should Too


One thing I quickly learned with living in a historic neighborhood is the pride and knowledge of the architecture among the residents is far beyond what I expected. It’s inspiring that other owners also came looking to find a home that has the historical details and traditions in the architectural styles of 100 years ago.


What happens when a house in a historical neighborhood has some of its historic motifs removed?


Well, the neighbors are not too amused, for one. The day a truck leaves with the wood windows is not a happy day. Everyone notices! And it wasn’t just me the interior designer who was sad to see them go. Yes it became the talk of the neighborhood.


Historic Homes

Its apparent that buyers that come here, come looking for a home that are not like the new condos down the street. Not to say they don’t want a nice remodeled kitchen or bathroom - of course I'd love to see a home with an original kitchen and bathroom however not all homes still have then. What is nice, is maintaining the historical nature (at least a tip of the hat) to that style if the old needs to be removed and replaced. A strict read isn’t always possible when adapting a home to modern living needs but it’s essential to maintain that uniqueness of the architecture. One big way to do so is preserving the house elevation (the view of the exterior from the street). Things like not installing vinyl windows if they need to be replaced. For the interior, maintaining features like mouldings and interior doors with what was there in the past even if it’s new (replacing like for like whenever possible and even better if you use reclaimed materials from the same neighborhood or regional area).