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Love the Details of an Old House? These Classic Features Are Worth Keeping… or Reimagining!

If you’re enchanted by the charm and character of old houses, you’re not alone. Many of us find something irresistible about the unique details that come with historic homes. While modern homes have their perks, the old-fashioned features of a classic house often tell a story and bring a sense of timeless beauty.

They Just Don’t Build Houses Like They Used To”

How often have you heard this sentiment? Many older homes indeed possess a level of craftsmanship and attention to detail that can be hard to find in contemporary builds. While some features might feel outdated, many can be reimagined or restored to fit modern lifestyles, blending historical charm with contemporary functionality.

Old-Fashioned Features to Cherish and Reimagine

Here are some beloved features of old houses that can either be preserved or creatively updated:

  1. Dutch Doors
    • Functionality: Ideal for homes with pets or young children, Dutch doors allow you to open the top half for ventilation while keeping the bottom half closed for safety.
    • Aesthetic Appeal: They add a quaint, welcoming touch and are perfect for letting in a lovely Seacoast NH breeze!
  2. Lead and Stained-Glass Windows
    • Decorative Touch: These windows add a colorful, artistic element to your home and maintain privacy without sacrificing style.
    • Modern Twist: Consider using stained glass in a more contemporary design for a unique focal point in a modern home.
  3. Transom Windows
    • Natural Light: Transom windows above doors or between rooms let natural light filter through your home, creating a brighter, more open atmosphere.
    • Cross Ventilation: They also aid in cross-ventilation, a useful feature in homes without central air conditioning.
  4. Butler Pantries
    • Extra Storage: Once used for serving and storing fine china, butler pantries are making a comeback as multifunctional spaces.
    • Modern Use: Outfit your butler pantry with a coffee station or use it as a secondary prep area, keeping your main kitchen clean and clutter-free.
  5. Built-In Shelves and Cabinetry
    • Seamless Design: Built-ins offer a cohesive look and make use of awkward spaces for extra storage.
    • Contemporary Integration: Update built-ins with new hardware and finishes to match your home’s current style while retaining their original charm.

Why Preserve or Reimagine Old-Fashioned Features?

  • Character: These features bring unique character and history to your home.
  • Craftsmanship: Many old-fashioned details showcase craftsmanship that is difficult to replicate today.
  • Value: Preserving or reimagining these features can increase your home’s aesthetic and market value.

Inspiration from Houzz

Our friends at Houzz.com have compiled a comprehensive list of 25 old-fashioned features that you might want to consider incorporating into your home. Whether you’re looking to preserve historic details or give them a modern twist, their ideas can provide inspiration for your renovation projects. Check out their list here!

Ready to Discover Your Dream Home?

If you’re on the hunt for a home with character in Seacoast NH, or if you’re considering how to update your historic house, working with a knowledgeable realtor is key. I can help you find a property with the perfect blend of old-world charm and modern amenities or guide you through the process of updating your current home. Contact me, today.

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