Real Estate

Historic Real Estate: The Doctor’s House Edition

Posted on: May 31st, 2013 by Emily Potter 1 Comment

 

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Rear view of Grandview Estate in Nashville, Ill.

Grandview Estate -- Nashville, Illinois

This beautiful Italianate home in the quaint town of Nashville, Illinois was carefully and lovingly restored by previous owners Dr. and Mrs. Robert L. Stevenson. The house’s 4,000 square feet include five bedrooms and three bathrooms, a breakfast nook, and two parlors. Price tag: $450,000... Read More →

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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.

[10 on Tuesday] Should You DIY or Hire a Professional?

Posted on: May 28th, 2013 by Emily Potter 1 Comment

 

Once you've decided whether you need to restore or rehabilitate your historic house, the next step is deciding whether you want to DIY-it or hire a professional.

Taking on a restoration or rehabilitation project can be enjoyable if you like hands-on work, whereas hiring a professional can save you time. Or, you might want to do a little of both, where you work on the projects you’re passionate about and contract experts to finish the rest.

Whatever approach you take, the decision involves knowing how much time and money you want to spend, what your interests are, and what skills you’re looking to hire someone for. This toolkit explains different types of professionals who can help you, plus important things to consider before hiring them.... Read More →

The National Trust for Historic Preservation works to save America's historic places. Join us today to help protect the places that matter to you.

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.

 

Last week, after completing our series on how to buy a historic house, we embarked on the next step in the process: deciding whether to restore or rehabilitate your home. Once that’s decided, the fun really begins, since it involves playing detective. There are clues all around to what your house may once have looked like; you just need to know where to look.

We covered the go-to-the-library angle before in our 10 Ways to Research Your Home’s History toolkit, so today we’ll look more closely at what your house and its immediate surroundings might be trying to tell you. ... Read More →

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Sarah Heffern

Sarah Heffern

Sarah Heffern is the social media strategist for the National Trust’s Public Affairs team. While she embraces all things online and pixel-centric, she’s also a hard-core building hugger, having fallen for preservation in a fifth grade “Built Environment” class. Follow her on Twitter at @smheffern.

 

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Historic house combining Moderne, Art Deco, and International styles at 655 7th Street NE needs to be relocated by December 2013. 

Modern Jewel Seeks Third Family to Occupy -- Mason City, Iowa

At 3,200 square feet, this unique home features five bedrooms and four bathrooms, a family room with a nautical motif, two outdoor decks, an original Westinghouse refrigerator, a "steamship chimney" fireplace, an original corner tub, and many more interesting details. The house suffered no structural damage after the flood in 2008, and the owners took quick action to dry out the house. Learn more about why Mason City needs to relocate this and other houses. Price tag: $1

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Tudor Revival cottage at 721 N Carolina Place needs to be relocated by December 2013.

Tudor Cottage from the 1930s -- Mason City, Iowa

Another house in Mason City that is available for relocation, this charming Tudor Revival cottage features original floor-to-ceiling cabinets in the kitchen, hardwood floors throughout the house, and a full-height entry door into the attic space upstairs. For more information, click on the Description tab in the Historic Properties for Sale ad. Price tag: $1

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Front of historic Craftsman-style home located at 615 N Hampshire Avenue that needs to be relocated by December 2013.

American Four Square Looking for New Setting -- Mason City, Iowa

This two-story variation of a hipped roof house is from the post-World War 1 era. Two of its four bedrooms feature Murphy beds, and one with extensive woodwork has a hidden closet. There is an eat-in kitchen with a bay window and limestone flooring, as well as a detached 3-car garage available for relocation. For more information, click on the Description tab in the Historic Properties for Sale ad. Price tag: $1

See all of the houses in Mason City that need to be relocated.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation works to save America's historic places. Join us today to help protect the places that matter to you.

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.

 

Our previous toolkit series walked you through the steps of finding and buying a historic house. Now the search is over, and you’re the proud owner of a new old home -- congratulations! Sooo … now what?

As you’ll find out, historic homeownership brings with it a unique set of questions, decisions, and goals. Our next toolkit series is designed to guide you through the process and offer practical advice on how to make the most of your historic home.

Let’s address one of the most basic questions first: Should you restore or rehabilitate your house? Your decision will influence the house’s finished character, the project cost, and the amount of time it takes. It will also impact how much of the work you take on yourself and how much you’ll hand off to professionals.

With this in mind, here are ten things to keep in mind to determine which approach will work best for you:... Read More →

The National Trust for Historic Preservation works to save America's historic places. Join us today to help protect the places that matter to you.

Julia Rocchi

Julia Rocchi

Julia Rocchi is the associate director for digital content at the National Trust. By day she wrangles content; by night (and weekends), she shops local, travels to story-rich places, and walks around looking up at buildings.