Remodeling Decisions that Add Value to Your Home: Historic Connection
Are you thinking of remodeling? Here are some ideas that will help you create a home that is more satisfying to live in, has an enduring style and will be more valuable to buyers if you decide to sell.
A sense of historic connection is valued by buyers. Build your improvements around the best original features of the home. Historic features endure and will give a sense of timelessness to your home. People love clues to the past. Don’t be afraid to blend old finishes with modern ones. The one-of-a-kind, eclectic look is much desired, instead of a mass produced sameness. Sometimes folks rip out interesting old finishes and replace them with bland, standard issue cabinetry or tiles. They miss the chance to create a truly unique combination of new and old.
Wood windows and doors, period door knobs, old stone steps, original baseboards, and refurbished fixtures can add a touch of historic significance to your home. People are delighted by retro bath tiles combined with a splash of new wall color. Consider working with the old fireplace tile or stone before tossing it into the dumpster. Retro wallpaper can be a great find. These touches of original character can be incorporated into your design to create a unique final product.
The Craftsman style, built in the early 1900's, is in very much demand. Rustic stonework, deep eaves, tapered columns, stained woodwork, and wide trim reflect the handmade look that people love.
Farmhouses are a great style choice for today. Reclaim the basics of this style - simple floor plan, hardwood floors, wood windows, local stone, and muted colors that connect with nature. Like farm buildings, the rooms are informal, somewhat sparce and provide just what is needed.
Younger folks are breathing new life into their parent's ranch style and split level houses from the 1950’s and 1960’s. Mid-century modern furniture, paint colors, fixtures, and rugs are all the rage, and help to bring this style back into top form.
Urban modern has been around since the 1950's, with experimental use of space, color, glass, plastic and metal. Simplified spaces with clean lines and fresh colors are an antidote to today's complex lifestyle.
When planning a remodel, take care to reinforce and build on the design strengths that it already has. Your results will achieve greater value and stand the test of time.