Updating an Old House: How to Blend Old and New

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If you are updating an old home, you might be looking to mix modern with the original character of your home. There are perks to living in both older and newer homes. For example, when you purchase a new home, it will likely be move-in ready. Brand new homes can come with many trendy upgrades, such as granite countertops and stainless steel appliances.

 When you’re thinking of buying an older home, you might come across interesting architecture and intricate details in woodwork, staircases, and even doorknobs. Many people consider the quirks of old homes to be charming with a lot of character. However, it’s really subjective to personal taste. Some people look into updating an old home to restore it to its original beauty. Other times, they want a modern touch.

But what if you want the best of both worlds when it comes old and modern? If you are wondering how to fix up an old home, let's first appreciate some of the quirks.

Old Home Quirks: Awesome Architecture

This might be more of a perk than a quirk. Architecture in older homes can be quite stunning. This isn’t to say that modern architecture can’t beautiful. There are plenty of new homes that are absolutely stunning! However, there is something nostalgic and intriguing about architecture in old homes.

Take an old Victorian for example. Victorian homes have irregular shaped roofs, textured shingles and large porches. Old Victorian homes sometimes had hand-carved shingles, as well as hard-carved staircase railings and doorframes. Today’s Victorians have similar features, but they are mostly mass-produced. If you are looking to put hand carved shingles on a modern home, it will likely cost a lot of money. The beauty of buying an older home is that the handmade element comes original to the home.

Old Home Quirks: Original (and Creaky) Hardwood Floors

Hardwood floors are quite popular today. Many homeowners pay extra to have new hardwood floors installed in their home. However, many older homes already have original hardwood floors. If you’re buying an older home and it’s carpeted, you might unveil some beautiful wood right beneath your feet. It might not be perfect, and you can always refinish it if it bothers you.

If you’re considering installing new floors in your house, you’ll need to decide which type of flooring to go with. There are plenty of flooring options to choose from today. Carpet, hardwood, tile, and laminate are still the most popular options. However, there are now countless other flooring choices available. There are flooring types to suit every taste and every budget.

When you need help with floor installation, be sure to reach out to us at Peak Builders & Roofers.

Old Home Quirks: A Little Bit of Closet Space

Closets of older homes tend to be a bit on the smaller side, especially in comparison to the large walk-in closets of today. However, there are always additional ways to store your clothes if your old home’s closet doesn’t quite cut it. Some people convert smaller rooms or attics into closets, or you can simply take advantage of your dresser space.

How do you get more closet space in an old home? You can add more closet space by installing custom closets. These are usually made of wood, come in a variety of styles and designs, and can be installed in a few days.

One of the popular ways for updating an old home comes by adding closet space. When it comes to closets, bigger may not be better. But it’s certainly better than being cramped and unable to fit your clothes. Closets are where we store things that we don’t use every day, but we want to keep. They don’t need to be big, but they do need to be functional. Even if you’re living in a small apartment, there are ways to make your closet work for you.

Old Home Quirks: Small Kitchens

One of the downsides to old homes is that they have small kitchens. You may find small galley kitchens or tight kitchen designs that don't work for your family.

The good news is that Peak Builders & Roofers can help you design a new kitchen.

We offer in-depth consultation to create a kitchen that uniquely suits your needs and tastes. From the overall layout to color schemes, we’ll work with you every step of the way to ensure that your kitchen reflects your personal style. With our extensive experience in designing high-quality kitchens, you can trust that your new kitchen will perfectly suit you.

Updating an Old Home: What to Consider When Remodeling Your Kitchen

You're thinking of updating an old home with a new kitchen. This is an exciting time! Some considerations to keep in mind for a kitchen remodel include:

Budget: To keep things on track, make sure to set a realistic budget. You may want a state-of-the-art kitchen, but that doesn’t mean it has to cost a fortune.

Ambiance: You may choose to go with a more minimalist or contemporary style, or you might want a kitchen that feels like a cozy country kitchen. There are all sorts of materials to choose from, including tile, natural stone, hardwood, and more.

Function: Make sure your kitchen works for your needs. For example, if you host a lot of family gatherings, you may want a layout that’s great for entertaining.

Appliances: Make sure your kitchen has the appliances you need. If you are remodeling from scratch, you can choose from a wide range of options. 

Old Home Quirks: Lack of Electrical Outlets

When you live in an old house, you might run into electrical outlet problems. If your outlets are old, they may not be able to accommodate the three-prong plugs that are popular in today’s electronics. You can easily fix this with an adapter or extension cord.

You may also find that you don't have enough electrical outlets in your old home. If you find yourself constantly fighting over who gets to charge their phone next, or have issues with your kids fighting over the only outlet in the kitchen, it might be time to install some more outlets in strategic locations around your house.

These days, most electronics require an outlet to be within a few feet to work. Having more outlets around the house will make it easier for everyone to charge their devices without having to fight over one outlet. You also might not have enough electrical outlets available in your home.

Old Home Quirks: Antique Vent Covers

If the vent covers have never been replaced in your home, you may be left with some antiques. Antique vent covers are usually decorative, heavy and appropriate for the time period of your house. They can add an interesting touch to your home décor.

When you're living in an old home, expect the unexpected. You’re sure to find charm, detailed architecture and small quirks around every corner.

Update Your Old Home with Peak Builders & Roofers

If your old home isn't up to par, Peak Builders & Roofers can help. We can enhance your home in a variety of ways, ranging from a new kitchen design to interior painting and much more.