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How to Modernize an Older Home Without Losing Character

kitchen dining renovationDon’t sacrifice the charm and uniqueness of your home with a sterile, cookie-cutter renovation. Learn how to get the best of old and new with these tips to modernize your older home without losing its character. Then, you’ll be ready to get started with your home remodeling project.

 

Restore

Start with the areas of your home that you love. You likely purchased your home for specific reasons. Maybe you loved the built-in bookshelves; maybe it was the gorgeous hardwood floors; maybe it was the clawfoot tub. Whatever you love, start there. Chances are that those features could use some TLC, so here are a few ways to get started.

 

Flooring

Depending on the type and condition of your flooring, it may be worthwhile to restore them. It would likely cost far less to restore hardwood floors than it would to replace them. If your home has retro flooring like checkered vinyl or retro tile, it may be fun to restore them as well. A well maintained area of carpet can even be turned into a rug for posterity’s sake! Keeping original features intact will help to maintain the character of your home.

 

Woodwork

Styles change from year to year, and depending on the age of your home, your woodwork may reflect that. Layers upon layers of paint or stain could leave gorgeous original details looking gunky and outdated. Take time to properly restore the woodwork in your home to give the entire house a fresh look.

 

Special Features

Whether it’s a fireplace, staircase, or wrap-around porch, your home probably has some gorgeous special features. Focus on bringing these areas up to par. If you loved them enough to buy the house, it’s worth the time and effort to restore them!

 

Update

For some aspects of your home (chartreuse shag carpet, anyone?), there just isn’t any hope. If older elements are holding your design back, update them with modern replacements. The key is to blend the old with the new to create a timeless aesthetic that lasts for years to come.

 

Floorplan

The popular open concept floorplan hasn’t been around for that long, so it’s likely that your older home’s layout leaves your design feeling cramped or choppy. Breathe new life into your space by knocking down non-load bearing walls or widening doorways.

 

Design

Chances are that your home has lived through a renovation or two (or maybe more). This patchwork method of updating can create a hodgepodge of styles throughout your home. Use this time to bring all of your rooms up to a common threshold. If you do something to one room, like paint the ceilings or replace molding, do it to every room. If you replace the cabinet in one bathroom, do the same for every other bathroom. Doing so will aid in streamlining your design.

 

Fixtures

From light switches to cabinet handles, fixtures can really date a home. Update these common fixtures throughout your home to bring its design up to the 21st century:

  • Light switches and plates
  • Outlets and outlet covers
  • Cabinet hardware
  • Register covers and vents
  • Door handles
  • Indoor and outdoor light fixtures

 

Decorate

You’ve done all the hard work; now it’s time for the fun stuff! The way you decorate your older home can have a major impact on its overall feel. Here are just a few ways to modernize your home’s décor.

 

Paint

Never underestimate the power of a little paint. Neutral beiges can brighten up a once dim study. Bright, spunky accent walls can restore youth to a once formal dining room. A fresh coat of paint can help tremendously in your effort to update your home, and it takes very little time or money.

 

Furniture

Use a mix of modern and era-specific pieces to bring harmony to your home’s design. Repurpose vintage furniture in unusual ways to bring an unexpected element to your room. The key to furnishing your old home with new furniture is to blend styles in a compatible way. In doing so, you’ll update your home without losing its unique character.

 

Accents

Fun accent pieces can an easy and inexpensive way to update your home’s appearance. Try to choose some accents that enhance the design of your home. New pieces can be great additions as long as they don’t clash with your home’s existing features.

 

If you’re looking to remodel in the greater Boston area, contact Thomas Buckborough & Associates. The dedicated team at TBA has the knowledge and expertise to make your home remodeling project a success. Partner with us and experience the TBA difference. Book your appointment today!

 

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