Renovating an Old House
Tips for Renovating an Old House
Renovating a house can be a tedious job but it also helps in increasing the worth of your house. Do you want to restore an old house to its former glory? Here are some tips that will assist you in renovating your house:
- Have a House Inspector Check the Site
Before you move on to improving the aesthetic appeal you should have an inspector come and view the property. They will point out the repairs that need to be done and will also check for malfunctioning plumbing systems, roofing, loose electrical wiring, and old sockets.
- Always Calculate a Budget
Never jump on to a home improvement project without calculating a budget. Most of the time homeowners are unaware of the total cost of a home improvement project when they begin. The internet seems to be flooded with D-I-Y Projects with low cost home renovation solutions but do not fool around with restoration projects that require experienced labor. Always consult an architect or a friend who has done a similar renovation recently and estimate a budget before setting out to do the task.
When you are setting out to refurbish the roofing, keep in mind the following:
- The longevity of the roof
- Identifying the material of the slate
The former is important because there is no point in splurging money on a roof that has surpassed 95% of its lifetime. The latter helps you to determine the material the roof is made up of as you can’t fix a roof made from a different slate other than the one on your roof.
If your old house has windows made of wood, chances are that they are still in good condition and there is no need to spend money on buying new ones. You can, however, make your windows more energy-efficient by adding weather stripping.
- Masonry and Plaster
The mortar used for renovation purposes must closely match in elevation, color, and consistency. Do not add a lot of Portland cement which can make the mortar hard, causing more damage to the old buildings. Just like mortars, the mix of the plasters should also match the previous one as strictly as possible. It is not a good idea to peel of the plaster as the building will lose its originality but you may fill in the cracks. The cracks must be dug off in a V-notch manner and filled in with the plaster to have a more long-lasting effect.