[10 on Tuesday] Toolkit Round-Up: The "New Old House Starter Kit" for Older and Historic Homes

Posted on: October 29th, 2013 by Emily Potter 1 Comment


You've bought a historic house, but it needs a little (or a lot) of work to turn it into a home. With thoughtful planning and research at the outset, you can ensure that the fix-it stage goes as smoothly as possible. This week’s round-up of toolkits brings you five things to consider as you look to restore or rehabilitate your new old house.


10 Tips for Finding Clues to Your Home’s History

Before you begin to fix up your historic home, you’ll need to do a little research. Put on your detective cap and look closely at the house inside and out. Make note of changing styles, from floor plans to architecture to paint color. Get 10 ideas of what to look for.


Restore vs. Rehabilitate: Which is Right for Your Historic House?

Restoring a house means returning it to its original form using materials as similar as possible to the original ones. Rehabilitating means repairing the house and making it usable while preserving the historically and culturally significant portions. Find out which approach is right for you.


Should You DIY or Hire a Professional?

For DIYers, there are often many projects to keep you busy when you buy a historic house. For those who may not have the time, many professionals are available to help. No matter which camp you fall in, this toolkit offers a list of various people you can call.


How to Plan Your Restoration or Rehabilitation Project

Regardless of who’s doing the work, there are several important steps to consider when planning the restoration or rehabilitation of your historic home, from analyzing existing conditions to planning what parts of construction happen when. See all 10 steps.


How to Keep a Renovation/Rehabilitation Project From Breaking the Bank

Last but certainly not least, you’ll want to make sure you can afford all the projects you’re planning that will turn your historic house into a home. Before you begin sawing wood or hiring contractors, browse this list of 10 ways to make your dollars go farther.

Have you restored or rehabilitated a historic house? What other tips or advice do you have for new historic home buyers?

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Emily Potter

Emily Potter is a copywriter at the National Trust. She enjoys writing about places of all kinds, the stories that make them special, and the people who love them enough to save them.

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