Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Guidelines For Deciding What to Keep or Demolish


Consider Value When Making Tough Choices 


Some of the toughest decisions you will face when remodeling your home is whether something should stay or go.

The worn carpeting throughout the house? Yank it all out.

The decades-old formica in the kitchen? Tear it out.

The wobbly stair railing? You will definitely want to consider repairing and keeping this if it’s original to your historic home.

It may be tempting to choose a clean slate when going through your home with an eye toward renovating. But you should carefully consider each fixture with some guidelines in mind:

Functional value.  Does the fixture still work well? You should consider keeping those items that still work well or that show minimal signs of wear and tear. Money saved on a fixture that doesn’t add much decorative appeal (such as a toilet) will be money you can use on other things that are more high-profile like countertops.

Modifications. Some of your home’s fixtures may simply need a modern touch. Consider remodeling some fixtures to update them or make them look modern. Many homeowners are doing just that with their kitchen cabinets, which are often one of the priciest items to replace. Refinishing the cabinet doors if they are hardwood may be worth it, especially if you have a large-scale renovation with a hefty price tag.

Historical value. We’ve mentioned before in previous posts that you should make sure you keep any fixtures that add historical value to your home. If you are renovating a historical home, you will want to keep as many features as possible to maintain your home’s historical value. These include features such as mouldings and stair railings, which many years ago were standard and the result of great craftsmanship.

Damaged beyond repair. Of course, it goes without saying that some fixtures will need to be torn down if they are damaged beyond repair or are nearing such a state that they will have to be replaced in the near future. For example, wooden floors that have withstood major water damage may be moldy and dangerous to keep.  Use common sense in deciding whether something is not salvageable. If you are feeling bad about having to demolish a feature with historical value, you should strive for a replacement that replicates the original fixture as much as possible.

Of course, your contractor can always help guide you as you make these decisions. We at Unique Properties have much experience in these matters and are happy to advise you.
 

1 comment:

  1. Hello there,

    I have a question about your blog regarding home renovation. Would you mind shooting me a quick email when you get the chance?

    Thanks,
    Brian

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