It can be easy to take the history of your local neighbourhoods for granted. Where once stood a historic building, now stands a cookie-cutter shopping centre. But what if that architect had taken some time to study the history behind the building, would they of approached it any differently? Taking the time to study and get to know the history behind a building before you complete a renovation can have a massive impact on the neighbourhood.
Following guidelines, a historic building isn’t a money pit, and a renovation doesn’t need to be difficult. Some of the things to consider include:
Understanding the history behind the community you live in, and behind the house, you are renovating will give you a big advantage when starting your restoration project. With careful research, you will be able to identify patterns that will inevitably help you to tackle your project at the same time as maintaining the building’s integrity.
Every place will have its own regulations surrounding historical preservation. You will save both time and money if you take the time to learn about the regulations of your area. It’s best to submit designs in the early stages as it will allow you the extra time to make any adjustments. You should also check the historical designation of the building you are restoring. Find out if it is on the National Register of Historic Places or whether it’s considered to be a contributing structure to a historic district. You can then find out if there are any project restrictions you will need to follow.
You may find that you don’t need to fund the entire renovation project yourself. Historic building renovations can sometimes qualify for a variety of different federal grant programs. These programs can help to offset the high cost that can come with a preservation project. They have numerous requirements so you need to make sure you are aware of the project parameters and gaols before you think about applying.
Reuse And Recycle As Much As Possible
Bringing in modern materials and conveniences to your historical renovation can be a labour of love. Installing environmentally friendly products can help to bring warmth and savings to your project. Repurpose, restore, or reuse things like flooring that you salvage during demolition stages. If you create a sustainable-use plan before starting work, it will help to identify things that can be reused.
Hire The Right Team For The Job
Although the pool for design firms that provide historic renovations seems to be growing, you need to ensure you are using a good Historic Building Consultant as part of the team for your renovation project. Make sure you read reviews and hold several meetings with anyone you include within your team before signing the dotted line.
Undertaking a historic building restoration doesn’t need to be a daunting task. If you research well before you begin will help to save you both money and time. Hiring a great team will help to prevent headaches during the design, building and final stages. The reward you get for your effort, though, is nothing but the best.