Historic Renovations

Older homes present a unique challenge when renovating. Even if the walls are straight and plumb – which they often aren’t – there can be unexpected surprises ranging from out-of-date wiring to a deteriorating structure.

Historic Renovations

Before embarking on a historic renovation, you’ll have lots to consider, not the least of which is the decision to renovate to a like-new condition or to restore the original beauty.

The (Other) Three R’s: remodel

Style traditionnel

If you’re remodelling, you’re modifying the home to create open-space living.

A popular project is to combine the kitchen and formal dining room into an eat-in kitchen. If this is a project you’re considering, here’s a great tip: Install a large, multi-panel patio door, to access a rear deck and open the space up to the outdoors. A three- or four-panel sliding door will open up a space substantially. If you have high ceilings, add a transom to increase the scale accordingly.
 

renovate

If you love the neighbourhood and the scale of your historic home but want more modern conveniences, you’re renovating!

When replacing original windows that may be painted shut, heavy and difficult to operate, you can select from any number of materials, including PVC or an aluminum-PVC hybrid for modern, maintenance-free convenience. You can maintain an authentic look by selecting a window type and grilles to match the original windows.
 

restore

Style traditionnel

If you’re a stickler for detail and love the generous, warm wooden millwork of a historic home, you’ll likely be restoring the space instead of renovating.

Wood windows are the quintessential choice for a restoration project, with available wood simulated divided lites that replicate the charm of historic windows with today’s manufacturing technology. To maintain the authentic look of wood with less upkeep, opt for an aluminum-wood hybrid that has a maintenance-free aluminum exterior.