Remodeling an older home can be a challenge.
There are many different types of construction materials that have changed over the years. Sometimes matching up these different types of materials can pose quite the challenge. From old electrical systems to thickness of wall materials like plaster and trying to match that to modern day drywall, not to mention lead plumbing or old steel plumbing and trying to retro fit pvc or copper. Many challenges that professionals see every day but the average homeowner may not be prepared to face.
Whether it has sat vacant for decades or hasn’t seen an update in generations, a historic house usually requires a renovation.
And while renovations offer the opportunity to customize a home, they can also be daunting, overwhelming projects that can scare potential buyers away.
So, if you’re looking for an older house but are also apprehensive about starting a revamp, what to do? How do you know when to take that leap of faith and buy? And are there ways to work through renovation anxieties to realize your dream home?
Older electrical systems:
It doesn’t take long to figure out that the electrical needs of homes in the 21st century far surpass those of homes that were wired in your grandparent’s era. Older homes utilized fuses instead of circuit breakers and had old copper wiring wrapped in cloth s an insulator. This type of wiring is not capable of handling today’s newer appliances heating systems and entertainment systems. In fact some insurance companies may have issues with homes that still run on these older electrical wiring systems. A home remodeling contractor can spot these issues on an initial inspection and include updated wiring in their pricing bid.
Older plumbing systems:
Your perspective home remodel contractor will also do a thorough investigation of the plumbing systems in an older home. Especially where kitchen and bathroom remodel projects are concerned. In older homes galvanized pipes were used to supply and drain water. These older pipes were more susceptible to clogging and breaking when they became old and brittle. Today’s copper and pvc systems can tie into older pipes and replace long runs of potentially bad materials.
Older plaster wall materials:
Matching newer drywall up to older plaster joints can pose quite the challenge. Older plaster walls can have thickness variations, older plaster walls can also be dry, brittle and hard to work with. It takes a real expert remodeling contractor to know when to rip out all the older walling materials and when to leave it alone and tie in newer drywall materials. Common drywall is ½ inch or 5/8’s. This is pretty standard widths, on the other hand plaster walls have variations and you are not likely to discover this until you tear into the remodeling process.
As in any project you undertake on an older home you have to make a decision, do I go it alone or do I enlist the services of a professional home remodeling company? It’s up to you, but in the end the upfront savings may have a price of its own.
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