Most individuals would enjoy owning and renovating a historic home. That is, until they recognize the need for turning that historic home into one that is environmentally friendly. The whole point of owning a historic home is to preserve as much of its originality as possible while incorporating a little bit of modernity into it.
There are many ways to incorporate environmental friendliness into the preservation and restoration of a historic home. Much of what you would need to do is the same as with any other traditional home. However, there may be a few distinctions.
Old and Drafty
If you have ever been in an older home, you have most likely noticed the drafty feel of that older home. That is probably because back when the home was built, insulation was a little known event.
If you want to keep the charm and character of older doors and windows, it would be wise to investigate and explore if that is a financially feasible option. Older homes have the most drafts coming in from windows and doors that were never properly sealed. Have someone come in and do an honest assessment – preferably someone who has expertise with historical homes.
Let them tell you if the home warrants newer windows and doors for the sake of saving energy. There are so many designs and constructions easily incorporated to frame any window and just as many door designs to give your historic home its antique feel while not throwing energy out the window (literally).
Heating and Cooling
No matter the charm and character you are trying to achieve for your historical home, you want to be comfortable and economical, as well. Look into your heating system and consider installing a cooling system. Keeping your home’s temperature level set is a wonderful way to approach green remodeling for historic homes.
Most historic homes have wood-burning stoves and fireplaces. If this is the case, make sure the chimneys are cleaned out and try to keep the damper closed when not in use. Make certain that your home is safe when you use the wood-burning stove, as well. While utilizing these items is a great approach for green remodeling, make sure that you and your family are safe when using them.
Green Remodeling Reuse Recycle Restore
The beauty of purchasing an older historical home lies within the fact that you get to find and utilize salvaged materials from salvage yards, garage sales, and the internet, as well. Crown moldings are a perfect example of restoring, recycling, and reusing in the grandest of ways.
These are just a few simple tips on how to approach green remodeling for your historical home.
Posted January 30, 2014
by Gabriel Posternak.