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With antique home restoration there is the option of doing an all at once total reconstruction or tackling projects slowly as time and money become available. Both ways take planning and thought into desired aesthetics, choice of materials, living situations during construction and timelines. The overall goal is most often to increase comfort while preserving the traditional details, coming up to code and maximizing energy efficiency. It is never too early to bring us into the planning. Even if you are still at the idea stage we are always available for thoughts and suggestions.

"These vintage and historic homes have a charm and personality that is beyond anything we see in new construction. So if you can take an antique home and bring in these modern comforts while keeping this historic charm, well, you really have something amazing there. This is why we love restorations above all other projects; it is preserving and giving new life to the home allowing families and the history of the property to continue to grow." ~Justin Parent

Playing By the Code

National Register inclusion is an acknowledgment of a property’s importance to its community, state, or the nation. Some homebuyers may be anxious about this designation from the National Park Service, fearing infringement of their property rights. These concerns are unfounded, as long as the work receives no federal money, and requires no federal license or permit. Owners are under no obligation to restore their property, or to open their doors to the public.

Many municipalities, however, have designated design control districts in areas that have been identified as having particular historic, architectural, scenic, cultural, or visual significance. Buildings in these areas may be subject to review for any proposed alteration, addition, or demolition. A prospective homebuyer of a property within an established historic district would be well advised to visit the local planning and zoning office to determine what guidelines may apply to them. Preservation ordinances help homeowners protect their investment by preserving the historic character of their neighborhoods. Review of any project may run the gamut from a cursory evaluation by a zoning administrator to review by a secondary commission that advises specifically on questions of historic sensitivity and architectural compatibility.

For certain types of work, homeowners may need to secure a permit called a Certificate of Appropriateness (COA), or Permit for Minor Work from their planning office or historic review board... Some historic district commissions may require replacement of damaged materials in kind, that is, with material or design features original to the building. While the alteration of an historic home may require specific or expensive materials or craftsmanship, it will be balanced with the likelihood that the investment will hold.


Helpful Home Restoration and Renovation Links

Historic New England: Preserving your older home
New Hampshire Historic Districts
NH Neighborhood Heritage Districts Handbook
New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources
Federal Tax Incentives for Historic Preservation (for income properties)
Remodeling an Old House: What Should You Keep? by Bob Villa list of Historic Preservation Organizations
Old House Web Site Map
Old House Restoration Suppliers & Services

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Justin and his team installed a second bath for us. Their work was impeccable. They kept the site clean as they worked and kept me updated and in the loop as construction went along. I highly recommend them.
Janet E. Bathroom Install