Be Practical When Adding Modern Features

Before setting your heart on any particular addition you want to be included in your new design, make sure it’s practical, and the building can support it. Older buildings are more fragile, sensitive and complex, so they won’t always be able to accommodate modern designs. When it comes to changing or adding anything, consult with your team thoroughly to ensure it’s possible and won’t impact the structural integrity of the building.

Retain and Repair as Much of the Original Character

Older buildings are unique, have timeless character throughout them and often hold historical value in their community. So when you get the chance to restore it, do so with the intention of retaining as much of its original character as possible. Many older structures are embellished with rich architectural detailing and unique layouts that you just can’t find today. Take some time to learn about the building, what significance it holds, and how you can best preserve its timeless beauty.

Triple Check Regulations and Building Codes

Older, historic buildings will have extra layers of regulations and building code requirements, which is why it’s imperative that you meet all of these to ensure it is safe and up to code once complete. We recommend beginning this process as early as possible since it can be time-consuming, and you won’t be able to proceed with alterations until you get the green light of approval. Always consult with your team of experts when applying for permits. Code officials, preservation experts, designers, and facility managers will be able to guide you when it comes to potential challenges you may face and how to navigate through them so you can still create something beautiful that is safe and up to code.

Hire a Reputable, Experienced Team

Taking on a restoration project of an older building requires an experienced contractor and team who know what they are doing. Finding the right contractor can help make this process go as smooth as possible since they will be able to assist you with crucial steps such as the estimated cost, timeframe, materials and more. Make sure you research contractors and pay attention to their reviews to get an accurate idea of what their workmanship, customer service, and rates are like in comparison to others.

Remember That It’s a Commitment

The reality is with most older structures, you may experience hurdles, challenges and setbacks, which is why this type of project requires a solid commitment. And during the process, you may discover that certain features can’t be changed or enhanced as you had hoped for. It’s best to prepare for the irregularities and unpredictable quirks that come with historical building restorations. Just stay committed and be prepared.

If You’re on a Tighter Budget, Start Small

If you don’t have a massive budget, consider starting small or focus on a few sections at a time. Talk to your contractor to map out areas that are a priority so they can focus there first. Then once you have more wiggle room in your budget, continue with the rest.

Pay Close Attention to the Foundation, Windows, and the Roof

These are the three most important components of any structure. So before you begin eyeing up the aesthetics, focus on any repairs that are needed to fix the roof, windows, and foundation. This way, you can ensure the building is watertight, so you won’t be caught off guard or have to deal with weak structural integrity.

If your old building needs structural repairs, waterproofing or foundation restoration, contact MQ COSTRUCTION EXPERTS, we’ve been delivering top-quality workmanship and customer service that you can depend on in Europe. Get in touch with us today to learn more or to get an estimate.