Usual problems when renovating an old house
These usual present costly challenges with not much charm but the attractive thing about old homes is their character no modern building can provide today. So for the lovers of these characters here are some basic issues that usually appear while renovating these old charmers.
Lead in paint and tracks of asbestos in ductwork, flooring, roofing and HVAC system will wait for you with a good chance in some old housekeeping. This is not so harmful but it requires real safety measurements while doing some work like cutting or scraping on this materials. Actually, the dust that is made while doing the work presents serious hazard for anybody. It is the best to hire a professional which will detect and decrease these materials if found in any construction.
No longer available materials
Throughout the history of building constructions of different materials, standards and codes are used. For example, doors were narrower or rooms and bathrooms smaller than today. The tricky part also here is to find materials today that will match the rest of your house while making the renovations. For example, if you find yourself in need for some thin oak flooring or solid wood panel doors you will not find a solution in today’s standard stores and shop centers, you should search for some reuse centers or architectural salvage stores. Also one not so convenient side of finding solutions that will respect the old style of your house is you will have to pay more while doing this restoration work.
Outdated electrical and plumbing
This is the most common problem when buying and renovating an old property. It is actually about galvanized pipes used in history that easily corrode and clog over time. This is usually solved and replaced with copper or PVC pipes. Regarding old electrical wiring most problem is it presents a safety hazard and it is always the best solution to hire professional that will upgrade your future electrical panel. This upgrade should be done according to your lifestyle and needs in order to support some new appliances of today like computers, entertainments systems or some new electrical kitchen aid.