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3 Things You Should Know Before You Start Doing Work on an Old House

by Marquette Turner Luxury Homes

in Design & Trends, Features, Interior Design, Variety

Doing work on an old house can be a very exciting project. However, old houses are very different from current ones in many ways. There are some things that will make the job tougher. Some projects you were thinking of could also not be feasible depending on the house’s structure. Some special safety measures might have to be taken. Let’s take a look at a few things you should know before starting work on an old house.

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It May Contain Lead Paint

If the house was built before 1978, there is a very strong chance that it will have some lead paint in it. If you happen to be a contractor, then you will need to have special qualifications. If you want to know some of the certifications you’ll need to work on these houses, we suggest you check out zotapro.com to see what is needed to work on houses containing lead paint.

It’s also important that you understand the risks related to working on an older house. You or the people around the house could suffer some severe complications if dust is not properly contained and you don’t use the proper protection and cleaning techniques, so this isn’t something you can take lightly.

Make Sure that it’s Consistent with the House’s Style

You might have to think twice about adding an ultra-modern kitchen to an old-style house. It might end up clashing with the rest of the house’s decor. 

While you don’t necessarily have to go for the complete vintage look, you should at least have a few elements that will allow it to mesh better. This is why you need to take your time when making design decisions and not only go from some random ideas you found on Pinterest.

This is also why we would consider that you work with a professional designer, at least at the initial stage. This will give your design direction. A designer will be able to give you different options depending on how old or modern you want the kitchen to look like while still making it look like it belongs in the house.

Some Renovations May Be Impossible

You also have to be aware of whether the project can be done in the first place. If you’re trying to install an elaborate heating or ventilation system inside the house, there might be some limitations. For example, if you wanted to use heat recovery ventilation, then your house has to meet a minimal airtightness threshold. Or maybe you wanted to add solar panels on the roof? In this case, you have to make sure that it can handle the load. This is also important if you were thinking of making room additions.

As you can see, working on an old house comes with its set of challenges you need to be prepared for. This is why you need to plan carefully and don’t hesitate to call in the pros for advice if needed.

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