Preserving Your Home’s Original Features

There are many desirable features in an older home such as beautiful molding and antique cabinets. However, maintaining or restoring these features to their original splendor can be difficult. There are many tips and tricks that will help you keep your home looking its best.

Original Hardwood Floors

Keep older wood in top shape by filling in any scratches or dents with stain/marker, then buffing the floors using a fine-grit or polisher. Apply a coat of sealant to the floors.

Crown or Floor Molding

Be on the lookout if cracks appear, as this could indicate water damage. Only replace what is necessary, and if possible, keep the mold’s original design and shape.

Windows and Doors

If you notice frames starting to wear, or if you want to improve their energy efficiency and reduce costs, you might consider hiring a contractor instead of having them replaced completely.

Masonry

Original Brick is best if it’s still in good condition. However, as brick age, mortar will need replacing. To preserve the integrity of the work, it is important to keep the original mortar color.

Wood Porches

A front porch is an American icon that adds beauty and value to homes and the neighborhood. You can spot any areas of paint that are peeling or cracking and consult a contractor to make repairs.

Cabinetry and Fixtures

Antique cabinets and lighting fixtures can make a beautiful addition to your space if they are maintained. It is possible to keep old fixtures and rewire for modern technology. You should also regularly clean and inspect wooden cabinets for any damage.

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