Have you seen some of the old homes in Sydney? These houses hold a certain appeal to them, a charm that you will not find anywhere else. It is as if the houses have their own personalities and they are giving you a glimpse of what the time was like when they were newly built. In fact, modern houses would get inspiration from old house styles like the huge windows at the living room or the long winding corridors.
Indeed, being able to purchase and live in an old house is something that you can flaunt. However, it is quite difficult to maintain the integrity of the house. As much as you would like to keep the old-world charm, you just cannot neglect signs that the structure is too old. For this reason, you would have to do home improvements, specifically, refurbishing your home.
What is refurbishing?
Refurbishing is more than just replacing antique entrances with bi-fold doors. It is a kind of renovation and redecoration that specifically services older structures like buildings and homes. The process of refurbishing your home will include repainting, upgrading elements of the house that are still sturdy, modernising and altering structures that are weak. This may also include retrofitting, which means installing or adding new features that did not come with the original design, like a heating and cooling system.
Challenges of refurbishing an old home
One of the biggest challenges with purchasing a house with unique architectural styles is that some of the materials used to build it may not be available anymore. This is especially true for houses that are more than 50 years old; building it followed different constructions codes and best practices. You cannot just install sturdier and more modern materials on structures that are old; you would have to check whether they are compatible with each other. One wrong move and the structure itself could collapse because it did not jive well with modern techniques. Not to mention, if you want to retain its old-world fashion, you would have to make aesthetic decisions as well. Choosing aluminum windows in rooms that are woodsy in design may not be a good choice.
Some of the materials used are dangerous
Not only are the materials outdated, they could also be unsafe. There is a huge possibility that the paint used for the house is made of lead and that you will find asbestos in ceilings and the flooring. If you get exposed to these chemicals for a long time, it will be harmful to your health. Additionally, old electrical wires can be dangerous to the house (because old homes are easily flammable) and yourself. The best thing to do is to hire a professional to check the safety hazards and have them fixed.
Old homes have undergone countless improvements
It is natural to find an old home that has undergone at least four or five different renovations. Each owner probably had the same idea as you: update some of its features without ruining the antique vibe. While the upgrades would mean that you do not have to worry so much about outdated materials, the aesthetics might be a little problematic. With a professional designer, see if they can come up with a design plan that can work around those old renovations. Otherwise, you might have to renovate the design completely, adding your name to the long list of owners who will give the house an upgrade.
With all of these things considered, it seems maintaining and renovating an old house might be a bit expensive. But all you need to do is to consult with professionals who can help you set a budget. You do not need to rush into the project, you can choose to renovate one part at a time. Refurbishing old houses can be a fun project to have; you just need to follow your plans strictly to make it work.