If you are looking for a permanent place to live, a new house and lot can be pretty expensive. Compared to older homes, a new home will always be more hectic and costly than an old house. The problem with old houses is that their design can be outdated, their sturdiness may be pretty weak, they can have damage. Simply put, an old house will require you to renovate and make it new again. Renovating an old house can be a hectic and confusing process, especially for those who plan on doing it independently. To help you, we made a guide on how to make an old house new again.
How to Make an Old House New Again
Survey the house and area
Before you begin making your old house new again, you should survey the house and its lot for sturdiness, possible damages, and for its layout and design. By doing so, you will be able to identify the areas that you need to work on. This will help you get an estimate on how much you will have to spend on renovating your old house. In addition, you should pay attention to the house’s pipes, crossbeams, foundations, flooring, sidings, windows, roofs, and insulation. All of these things can tell you a lot about the status of your house.
Seek professional help
Hiring a professional may incur additional costs to your budget, but they can significantly help you in making your house new again. Hiring an architect that specializes in renovating old houses will help you formulate what your house will look like. Plus, the architect can share his/her insights about the various areas of your house, and create spaces according to your preferences and needs.
For example, if you have a child, the architect can integrate child-proof designs into your house’s layout. Usually, an architect comes with other professionals specializing in various areas that are relevant to renovating and building a new house. Some of these professionals are electrical engineers, civil engineers, contractors, construction workers, gardeners, and more! Remember, hiring a professional might cost you more than doing it yourself. However, you will be assured that your house will not encounter any issues in construction quality in the future.
If you plan on doing it on your own, then you should keep the following in mind:
In most old houses, the floors are often damaged or creaky. If you plan on changing them, you must first take the floor’s measurements, may it either be one specific room or the whole house. What you need to do next is to choose the material that you will use for your house’s flooring. Most homeowners opt for hardwood, linoleum, fiber wood, and tiles. Out of these choices, linoleum is the cheapest type of flooring, albeit it does not mean it is not sturdy.
A roof is the top part of your building that covers your house. It is one of the house’s first measures of protection against sunlight, rain, snow, etc. As a result, the house’s roofs are often exposed and affected by weathering – the process of breaking down rocks, minerals, wood, as well as synthetic materials. For an old house, there is a high chance that its roof has eroded or thinned. If left alone, this can lead to leakage when it rains, cause accidents, ruin the sturdiness of your cross-beams and foundation, and cause immediate damage to your house. That is why it is important to maintain them or replace them should the situation arise.
Here are some of the common types of roofing materials that homeowners use:
- Concrete Slab
- Fiber Cement
The siding of your house is the protective material placed on the exterior of your wall. Like roofs, sidings are also one of the house’s first measures of protection against dirt, sunlight, rain, snow, etc. Again like roofs, sidings are often exposed and affected by weathering. Usually, the siding of a house is painted with a weather-resistant material to resist weathering. However as time passed by, the coating material slowly thins out. For old houses, their siding can be damaged or degraded. What you can do is either repaint a new weather-resistant material to your sidings or you can remove them and install a new one.
Currently, there are a lot of choices for siding materials in the market. Here are some of the following:
- Vinyl siding
- Wood siding
- Stone siding
- Imitation brick siding
- Metal siding
- Composite siding
A window is an opening in your wall that allows light, sound, and air to come through. Most of the time, windows can be opened and closed. Like roofs and sidings, they also serve as a measure of protection against the weather. Windows can easily be broken by a blunt object, sharp object, or animal. If your house is old, especially if it is left alone, there is a chance that one of its windows is faulty or broken due to animals or thrown objects. To fix this, you can either replace the broken glass, although it can be a difficult process, or you can replace the whole window. In addition to this, you can also have the windows replaced if you do not think that it fits the vision you have for your house.
Here are some types of windows that you might want to check out:
- Double-hung windows
- Single-hung windows
- Casement windows
- Slider windows
- Transom windows
Additional Reading: Common Problems in Older Homes
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