For anyone who has not renovated a historic house you don’t know what you are missing! For those who have and can’t wait to start the next project you understand the draw but for those who have and would never do that again I can show you some great brand new homes any time.
Renovating is not for everyone. Major historic renovating is especially not for the faint of heart. It can be an addictive extreme hobby for many who love the charm of an old house, bringing the character back, preserving history and enjoying the challenge. Once spiralling into an historic renovation it is easy to get caught up in the romantic notion of bringing it all back to the grand home it was, but realizing that sometimes the rewiring bill will eat up the budget planned for the retrofit of the original dining room built in cabinets.
The hoped for spiraling oak stairwells stripped back to old-oak charm might get vetoed in place of a more practical paint job to save dollars needed for the new furnace or water tank. Ironic is that the practical handyman side of a true do-it-yourself hands-on homeowner is often in an inner-self-battle of wills. Decisions such as picking between an overpriced antique enamel sink over a modern cooktop or a claw foot tub over a much needed space for laundry facilities can be tough choices to make when the historic draw tugs at the renovator-heart.
For anyone who has discovered old newspapers in the walls, unearthed cutlery in the garden, or in my case found an entire second floor room boarded up, stairs removed and a closet hiding where they once stood, you will know what I am talking about.
Having rescued a cast enamel glazed high-backed sink out of a garbage heap in rattle-snake country, barn stall doors out of bird nest filled falling down old grainery, kitchen cabinets hardware out of condemned properties and more I sympathize with those who take on a historic renovation. It is a labor of love that few understand the passion and budgeting of both the time and funds it takes to bring back history.
If you are looking for a historic home project or a finished reno ready to move in and love I can help you find your new home. I look forward to hearing from you.
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