#DIYLove❤️ Renovating an Older Home

This week’s #GoodReads📕 comes from realtor.ca, with very helpful tips on how to renovate an older home.

“5 Things You Should Never Remove When Renovating an Older Home” 

“…Heritage homes have features that new builds just can’t replicate: soaring ceilings, gorgeous trim and solid construction are just a few reasons people fall in love with these charming properties. However, when it comes to renovating a heritage home, it can sometimes seem daunting… Here are five things you should keep intact whenever possible…

Choose the charm

Solid wood millwork and baseboards, along with plaster crown molding and ceiling medallions—even if they’ve all been painted over in an outdated colour—are usually worth stripping and keeping…

Don’t give hardwood floors the heave-ho

Before tearing up the hardwood floors, check if they can be sanded and re-stained. Original floors hold a lot of cachet and can save you tons of money if you don’t have to replace them. When properly maintained, hardwood floors can last for decades…

Freshen up your fireplace

Fireplaces can be gorgeous focal points in any room, so before trashing yours, think about doing a facelift instead. You can clean up years of soot in the firebox or on the surrounding bricks or tile work. As long as the tiles and hearth are in good condition and meet current building safety codes, you can bring back their vintage beauty. Original wrought-iron fireplace doors can also be brought back to life with a good cleaning…

Boost your bathroom’s beauty

That original clawfoot tub may look a bit gross after years of wear, but restoring it with reglazing adds value to your bathroom…

Welcome older windows

New windows are not always better than old ones, and the solid wood windows in your older home are probably worth saving…

Get advice from the pros

It’s always smart to have an older home inspected before purchasing it, but even if you didn’t, get one done now. Certain elements in a vintage home–such as knob-and-tube wiring or old plumbing pipes–very likely need to be replaced so the home is safe. The Canadian Association of Home and Property Inspectors has a directory where homeowners can find the right expert…”

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