Renovating an old home has an allure and mystic that is unparalleled in the building industry. Most everyone either has or wants to remodel a historic structure-if they’re any kind of DIY enthusiast.
An old home is an antique and should be treated as such. Imagine if you bought an old antique car to restore, you would pay two kinds of prices, high or low. The low priced antique car probably wouldn’t run, while the most expensive car would run and it would be 90% restored.
The same holds true for an antique home. You can buy two types as well. The run down, not-working handyman’s special home or the multi-million dollar 90% completely renovated Victoria townhouse. Renovating an old antique home-or any antique for that matter-is going to be an expensive or time consuming process; you can’t have your cake and eat it too!
The allure of renovating an old home is felt worldwide and in all humans. We wonder at the ancient pyramids, the temples of Rome and the castles of Europe. It’s simply in all of our genetics to view ancient, historic and antique structures with reverence and lament for our ancestor’s glorious pasts and the struggles they must of have endured to create such a magnificent structure.
But the story doesn’t end in that shallow of a pool. It seems we as humans find antique structures to be a comforting novelty where we can recreate a scene from the past, while upgrading it with custom features and the technologies of modern building practices.
For instance, DIY Networks, Blog Cabin is a new multi-media experience with bloggers being able to actually choose what renovations will happen to a 1905 Virginia farmhouse. Bloggers then get a chance to win the completed home! The show will be aired on five DIY Network episodes with episodes being aired on BATHtastic, Desperate Landscapes, House Crashers, Kitchen Impossible and Indoors Out. Shows like this only go to prove my theory even further-we love old buildings.
Renovating an old home has even more allure than just psychology and genetics. Renovating an old home can be very green. And today, going green is something we all know we have to do. By renovating an old home instead of building a new one, is green. It’s because you’re reusing lots of building materials, upgrading outdated appliances, shrinking your carbon footprint and increasing your energy efficiency.
The allure of remodeling an old antique home run deep and in my opinion is the perfect way for any first-time homeowner with DIY adventure in their blood and a thirst to make the old new again, find a cheap start to the good life of homeownership.