Tips For Historic Home Owners {#11 Repair, Restore, Replace}

In historic preservation there is a hierarchy of how to care for a historic structure. And when you own an old house it’s a good idea to follow that hierarchy.

  1. Repair & Maintain – The first step is always to repair and maintain your house as you go along. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Make little repairs along the way and you’ll keep your house in great shape and avoid the little stuff turning into big stuff.
  2. Restore – When things have gone a bit further than a simple repair it’s time to restore. Restoring is a more involved process that may involve rebuilding whole portions of the house in the style of the original house.
  3. Replace in Kind – If all else fails and your problem area can’t be repaired or even brought back to life with a more thorough restoration it might be time to replace. But if you replace an item it’s important to replace in kind. Try to find a replica or construct an item that is as close to matching the original as possible.

Follow this plan for your old home and you’ll not only save a few pieces of history but add immense value.

 

If you’ve enjoyed this series so far I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

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by Scott Sidler

Scott is the owner of Austin Home Restorations, a company that specializes in renovating and restoring historic homes in Orlando, FL and the creator of The Craftsman Blog. When not working on, teaching about or writing about old houses he spends time fixing up his own old bungalow with his wife Delores and their son Charley.

http://www.austinhomerestorations.com

2 comments

  1. Always enjoy your articles, Scott. You write with a simplicity that first-time Old House owners can understand, and your tips are an amazing resource for those of us who work passionately in the restoration field. Thanks for all you do! Judy

    • Thanks Judy! Always appreciate having you as a reader!

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