Considerations for Arizona Antique Home Restorations
|A Phoenix home restoration can be a difficult undertaking depending on your experience and budget. Investing in a ‘fixer-upper’ may seem like a good idea at the time, but it’s vital that you don’t underestimate the extent of repairs required. After all, a small fortune is likely to be spent on the initial purchase, along with basic upgrades, so there needs to be an upper limit set for complete home restoration in terms of budget.Regardless of whether you have experience or are new to home restoration, there are some basic rules that need to be followed in order to preserve the property’s integrity, which we will quickly analyze below.|
Wooden Flooring & Fixtures
It is almost certain that a home restoration will involve a relatively old property and if this is the case, it is important to remember that the cabinetry and other wooden fixtures were installed using hand machinery, not modern machines so bear this in mind if you are tearing up wooden flooring and/or fixtures. When creating wooden floors from scratch, heartwood is a good choice of wood as it is one of the most disease resistant wood types on the market. When replacing wood, it is important to try and match the color, size, and cut of the original to help match the new decor with the old.
Painting an Antique Home
If you are looking for an old house restoration job that preserves the integrity of the original building, it is essential to restore the look of the paint job too. A lot of patience is typically required in effort to properly remove the old paint, which is often done with the application of multiple trisodium phosphate (TSP), steel wool, and the use of other soft tools. Once the paint is prepped for removal, care and experience is required to prevent damage to the structure. Taking a chip of the old paint to a local paint store is the best way to match the color and recreate the property’s old color scheme.
A common home renovation mistake is to remove the old wooden windows and replace them with new windows. In the event that the old windows are rotting and beyond reasonable repair, consider having the wood replaced only. If the glass is imperfect and wavy, make sure you keep it intact, as the glass may only need a thorough cleaning to restore it to its original glory. Adding in new glass panes as replacements for old ones can destroy a property’s authentic look and should only be done when the glass is broken. Finally, adding weather strip the old windows is necessary for improved efficiency.
Help with Your Home Restoration in Phoenix
A Phoenix home restoration can be a whole lot of fun and very profitable, but don’t rush into changing everything at once. Sometimes, it is better to improve existing features rather than replacing them. If you are at all unsure of how to approach your restoration job, please call (623) 242-5247 or click here to contact the professionals here at Doege.