Which Is Best for Your Historic Home: Restoration or Renovation?

Too often we hear the words “restoration” and “renovation” used interchangeably, perhaps because they both fall under the umbrella of home improvement.

In reality, these words carry two distinct definitions.

Which is right for you? Let’s get you closer to your answer by exploring what these terms really mean for you and your home.

What Exactly Is a Home Restoration?

A home restoration project involves restoring your home to its former glory.

Here in Fairfield and Westchester counties, we have had the privilege of working in numerous historic properties over the past 35 years. These structures are too precious and valuable to completely remodel, containing irreplaceable design, craftsmanship, and unique materials that reflect a bygone era.

Can you update a home during a historic restoration?

Yes! In fact, sometimes it’s required by law. Building codes, standards, and our understanding of how to keep a home safe and efficient have come a long way, leaving us with no choice but to update. These updates can include:

  • Electrical systems
  • Plumbing and sewer
  • Heating and cooling
  • Replacing outdated materials, like lead and asbestos
  • Repairing/replacing deteriorated elements

Overall, however, the integrity, layout, design, and all salvageable aspects of your home are preserved and restored.

What Does Renovating Your Historic Home Include?

A historic renovation is the unique balancing act of preserving the flavor and charm of your home, while also making significant updates and improvement.

This option is best for people who love the bones of their home, and maybe a few unique, original touches, but they want the comforts and convenience of a more modern house. Blending styles, eras, form, and function requires a knowledgeable, experienced renovation professional.

You can have the best of both worlds, if your project is managed correctly.

Are You Ready to Plan Your Historic Home Restoration or Renovation?

Regardless of whether you know exactly what you want from your home or you need some inspiration and direction, the first step is to find and align yourself with a seasoned building and design professional. They can help you navigate the waters, local codes and regulations, and maximize your home improvement experience.

If you live in Fairfield or Westchester counties, please reach out to us at Gerety Building and Restoration. We have the knowledge and experience you need, and look forward to helping your home realize its full potential.