The preservation of historic homes is one of my passions, having grown up in such a house. The house shown in this portfolio required removal of all knob and tube wiring, an all new paint palette throughout, new window coverings, some lighting alterations, a completely new ensuite, and some exterior structural updates, for example the masonry and two new flat roofs. There is ongoing maintenance to the slate roof and wooden soffits. The interior decor was selected to suit the living style and tastes of the homeowners.
Historic homes, although lovely and rich in detail, need to be outfitted for todays lifestyle. Introducing central air and updating knob and tube electrical, are at the top of the list. The preservation and repair of the original plaster mouldings, high baseboards, solid wood doors and flooring are most desirable. The historic detail on the exterior, for example; slate roofs, detailed masonry, chimneys, wood shutters, decorative brackets, all need ongoing attention and repair.
Windows in these older buildings can be maintained, or replaced with more efficient modern double pain windows that mimic the original. Modern bath design can be traditional in style to fit the era of the home, but provide current lux finishes, like heated flooring, surround sound, pot lighting, walk in showers and soaker tubs. Kitchens can be outfitted with high end appliances, work islands and decorative lighting, and still be designed to blend with historic nature of the home.
Contemporary furnishings can blend with fun antiques, in this case Canadian pine and silver plate accessories are integrated throughout. In Canada, grants can be available for such things as improving energy efficiency. If cared for, through ongoing restoration, historic homes will outlast generations to come.