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Preserving History in NYC Renovated Homes

A Guide on How to Preserve Historical Elements in Renovated Homes


Preserving historical elements in renovated homes is beneficial for homeowners and society to experience a bygone era where craftsmanship and design were second to none. Before, during, and after renovation, it's essential to maintain these historical elements to ensure they last for years to come. Let's take a look at how you can preserve trims, tiles, murals, and more throughout and after the renovation process.


Hire a Specialist in Historic Preservation


Before a renovation begins, you must hire architects, craftspeople, cultural professionals, and contractors who specialize in historic preservation. Each historical element within your home requires a keen eye and professional insight into how it should be preserved. These individuals will know what proper permits to apply for through the Landmark Preservation Commission to ensure the architectural features within your home are adequately maintained.


Preserve and Keep Original Windows


Older homes and buildings typically offer beautifully crafted windows with handblown glass paneling that can no longer be duplicated. These windows were designed to last and can easily be protected without taking away their structural integrity.


Storm window inserts are the best way to preserve the original windows and their glass paneling. The insert's simple design is either inserted inside or outside the window and ensures your home is energy-efficient and free from drafts.


Schedule Regular Maintenance


As a homeowner, it's important to schedule regular maintenance to keep historical elements outside and inside the home in perfect condition after a renovation is complete. This can be done by hiring historical specialists experienced in painting, waxing, and cleaning. They'll be able to perform weekly, monthly, or yearly touch-ups to trims, floors, tiles, ceilings, glass paneling, and murals to help maintain their appearance.


Limit Repairs to What's Necessary  


Despite regular maintenance, repairs will eventually be needed. It's important to schedule repairs as soon as possible and keep them to a minimum as old architectural woodwork, tiles, brick, or mortar can be pricey, complicated, or irreplaceable to remake.


Don't forget to take a photograph of every historical elements’ original state. These photographs will be beneficial for the specialist to compare and repair each component back to its genuine appearance.


NYC's Leading Design + Build Firm for Historic Residential Renovations


For over 23 years, DBe has been a leading NYC full-service design + build firm specializing in historic landmark exterior and interior designs, finishes, and fixtures. Our team of artisans and project managers are ready to build your dream project with clarity while preserving historical elements in your soon-to-be renovated home. Get in contact with us at 718-797-1335 or fill out an online contact form to schedule a consultation.


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