I love old homes. Older architecture has so much unique appeal, and customizing a renovation isn’t as difficult as you may think. Renewal Design-Build is based in Decatur, Georgia. We are homeowners with an eye for design and we have the ability to transform any space into something spectacular. We’ve found that many of the older homes in the Decatur and greater Atlanta area are truly gems waiting to be discovered.
Why Work with Renewal Design-Build?
We take the guess work out of renovating and remodeling older homes. Our design teams work diligently to provide options that we’re sure you’ll love. We don’t just make a few sketches and hope for the best. Our process includes the production of 3D images to give you a true to life representation of what your home will look like when the dust settles.
Our designers love both old architecture and new. We have worked with several homeowners to restore the historic beauty of their old home as well as several who prefer to completely remodel and modernize their older home. The choice is, of course, entirely up to the homeowner. Our designers and builders will work with you to create the perfect solution to fit your lifestyle.
Potential Problems in an Older Home
Before you sign on the dotted lines, please understand that going into an older home with high hopes and dreams of the perfect renovation project, things often go wrong very quickly. Here are several things to keep in mind and to watch for before you even make the purchase.
Electrical Problems: The home will not be up to code. It is possible that the previous owner had new wiring run, but assume from the start that it will not be up to code and you will have to have all new wiring run throughout the home. Take that idea a step further and mentally budget for a new breaker box as well. It’s always better to be over prepared than under!
Plumbing Problems: Old pipes will likely need to be replaced. Expect to see leaks due to lack of maintenance and TLC. Check the area around leaks for mold and wood rot.
Water Damage: Water damage can be potentially damaging to the entire structure of the home. It can cause mold, dirt erosion, and wood rot if left for an extended period of time. Examine the area thoroughly before you make the decision to purchase the property.
I wrote another blog post about renovating an older home in Atlanta if you’d like to see some other areas of concern. Don’t go into the project expecting all rainbows and butterflies because it’s going to be hard work, even if you hire us to do all of the dirty work.
My advice to you, if you’re on the fence about whether you should or shouldn’t buy the old home you’ve had your eye on for years, is to do it. You’re aware of the risks by now, so just take the plunge and then call us to begin the renovation process!