Historic neighborhoods are some of the most powerful and important fixtures in any town. They not only tell the story of past generations, they also serve as a constant reminder of who we are and where we came from. It’s always enjoyable to turn into a neighborhood and unexpectedly see brick roads, lined with some of the most beautiful historic homes in the entire city. While these homes possess inherent charm, they also require a significant amount of care in turn. Over the years, it’s been our pleasure to help perpetuate the existence of these hometown treasures that have so many stories to tell. Here’s a little insight for some special considerations when updating or caring for a historic home.
Historic neighborhood associations have the tendency to be particularly guarded in respect to modifications. While this may be frustrating for some homeowners, it’s important to recognize that part of the allure in these neighborhoods stems from their ability to serve as a window into the past. Generally, the people of the community are trying to maintain some semblance of this delightful illusion and strike a balance in moderate consistency throughout the area. That being said, before considering major renovations, it is ideal to ask an association member if the potential changes would be acceptable.
A new exterior paint color is a crucial decision for any homeowner, but choosing a color for a historic home comes with greater responsibility. Although many people enjoy adding their own flavor and personality to their homes, historic homeowners often value embracing the tradition that the area embodies. They also tend to recognize that many generations shared memories in the same home and tend to return to the area for visits. This often encourages upkeep and preservation to a degree. To put it simply, no one would be excited to see a pink home.
Although it’s becoming less frequent over time, houses painted before 1978 may have remnants of lead paint. Unfortunately this is a major concern for houses with children, as these traces are known to be harmful to their health. Target areas for concern include places where chipping and flaking, resulting in the spreading of lead dust. The good news is that well-maintained areas with relatively new paint are no cause for concern. When in doubt, contact a professional to inspect areas that are in question. The peace of mind is worth it.