It’s undeniable that older homes can be incredibly charming. From small details to cozy floor plans, age can actually be one of your home’s best features. However, aging homes have their downfalls, too. From out-of-date features to inefficient utilities, there are many ways to update your old house, and NCC Builders is here to help.
Although you can never go wrong with minor or DIY improvements like painting the walls, replacing your light fixtures, or changing the furniture, there are many large projects that can provide a significant impact. Aside from the pleasure of living in a newly renovated home, these efforts will increase the value of your home and are worthwhile investments. Below are a few ideas to make your home feel new again without losing its charm.
Open up the Floor Plan
One of the ways to breathe new life into an old home is by opening up the floor plan. Older homes often feature segmented, compartmentalized spaces that can feel cramped. By removing non-load-bearing walls or reconfiguring the layout, you can create a more open and functional living space that suits your family’s lifestyle.
Update your HVAC System
The heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems may need to be updated and more efficient. Replacing or upgrading your HVAC system can significantly improve comfort, energy efficiency, and indoor air quality and increase your home’s value.
Remodel your Kitchen or Bathroom
Kitchens and bathrooms are focal points in any home and should be updated as the years pass. Updating these spaces can bring a fresh, contemporary feel to your old house while preserving its charm. Remember to blend old and new elements by keeping (or adding) classics like claw-foot tubs or original architectural details. Kitchen and bathroom remodels provide a great ROI!
Refresh the Woodwork
The woodwork in a home – trim, baseboards, stairway railings, or crown moldings – plays a subtle yet significant role in a home’s overall aesthetic. Over time, these wooden elements may fade, get chipped, or simply look outdated due to old colors or styles. Refreshing the woodwork can make an incredible difference in revitalizing the look of your home. Consider sanding down and repainting or staining to remove outdated colors or blemishes, giving the wood a more contemporary finish. Replacing damaged sections or outdated styles with modern designs can also be transformative. If you’re aiming for a more grand impression, consider installing thicker trim or adding intricate crown molding. These enhancements not only elevate your home’s charm but also add value, merging the grace of the past with the elegance of modern design.
Update your Exterior
Not only is the exterior a home’s first impression, but it also plays a large role in the appraisal of your home. From replacing your roof to your siding, installing new windows, and freshening up your landscaping, there are many elements to consider, all of which can have a significant impact.
Replace Your Doors
Entry doors, screen doors, and garage doors all play a role in not only the exterior appeal of your home but also its efficiency. Doors can provide a stylistic element and a powerful tool in preserving your home’s unique appeal.
At NCC Builders, we blend modern comforts and conveniences with the character of older homes. By opening up the floor plan, updating your HVAC system, remodeling your kitchen or bathroom, enhancing the exterior, and replacing your doors, you can breathe new life into your home while preserving its timeless allure.
We’re committed to making your dream home a reality. Contact us today, and let’s get started!