As more property owners start focusing on maintaining their existing real estate, there is a shift towards renovating. Bringing old buildings into a modern look is now becoming a norm around the US. Creating the right atmosphere in an older building takes time and research. Here are a few other things to keep in mind when renovating historical buildings.

1. Research

In order to create the best atmosphere in a renovated building, it’s crucial to know the history of that building. Is it nationally significant? Is it a masterpiece of a famous architect? What important event took place in this building? Asking the right questions and finding the correct information about the building maintains its integrity. Not only is understanding the building key, but also knowing the community that surrounds the area is just as important. This building may hold a significant part of an older generation of the community, which is why it is a good idea to ask what they would like to see in the renovated building. Keeping the community involved will help bring excitement to your renovated building.


2. Preserving the Old and Incorporating the New

In many historical buildings, there are various distinctive features that bring out the vintage nature we don’t get in modern buildings today. Relating back to #1, it is important to do research as to what purpose that building had in the past and being able to incorporate a new locale that the community will enjoy. Deteriorated historic features that were damaged should be repaired instead of replaced. New designs, features, textures, and materials should match the old feature in order to preserve the integrity of the building. Putting in new features shouldn’t harm or replace the old feature but instead give it a more modern look. New features should be compatible with the historic materials and ambiance of the area.  


3. Know the Regulations

All cities have their own regulations regarding historical preservation. Understanding your city’s regulations will save you time, money, and headaches. Sending in your plans at the beginning of the restoration process will give you time to fix any flaws in your design or budgeting issues. If your building is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, then it is important to contact the state historic preservation office or whichever committee oversees historical renovations. It is just as important to see what other regulations are imposed in that certain area by the local government.


4. Funding

Historical building renovation can be qualified for federal grants. High preservation costs and other requirements necessary for the renovation of the building can be quite expensive. Applying for the right grants and federal historic tax credits can be a great source for creating a sufficient funding pool. Local governments can also provide financial assistance towards renovating historical buildings.


Lastly, finding the right team that has sufficient expertise in renovation projects will help avoid major headaches. Here at Red Town Management, our passion is historical building renovation. Our expertise is the construction of commercial and residential spaces. With over 25 years of experience in architectural design, we are able to provide our clients with a unique and innovative approach unlike any other. Click HERE to view our portfolio. Our team is there with you step by step to help make your renovation dreams a reality. Call us today for a consultation at 252-558-5999.