Denver has grown exponentially since its foundation as a gold mining town in 1858. While much has changed since then, many of the homes built in the late 19th and early 20th century still stand today. Distinct character makes it easy to fall in love with Denver’s historic homes, but living in one does present a unique set of challenges, most notably a lack of usable space. Historic home enthusiasts can have the best of both worlds – the charm of a historic home and modern-day amenities – when they use the right design build team for their historic home remodeling project.
What is a Historic Home?
Historic homes will embody distinctive characteristics, construction techniques, and other factors that make them unique. To officially be considered historical, a structure needs to meet the criteria put forth by the National Register of Historic Places. Examples include:
- The building must be 50 years or older
- The structure must be associated with a significant historical figure or event
- The house must yield important information about a specific time in history
Your town or neighborhood may also have additional requirements for official historic designation.
While many people prize historic homes, many older homes are just as charming while posing similar remodeling challenges as historic homes.
Before Your Historic Home Remodeling Project
When it comes to remodeling Denver homes, it’s imperative to know if your home technically qualifies as historic. Homes with historic designations require special permitting, a process with which design build firms are thoroughly familiar. Older homes that don’t technically qualify as historic may not need to adhere to the same rules and regulations.
You also need to know if your home is located within a historic district. Even newer homes built in historic districts may be subject to review with the Landmarks Commission if modifications will change the external structure’s appearance.
Research the facts and obtain required permits before any remodel even begins. Failing to do so could result in a lot of wasted time, energy, and resources.
Challenges of Remodeling Denver Historic Homes
While historic and older homes are full of charm, they may also come with some downsides. These can include cramped rooms, outdated bathrooms and kitchens, or lack of closet space. Homeowners may start to look for ways to modernize, but in ways that still retain the house’s unique essence & feel.
Balancing the need for updates with maintaining the home’s integrity can be difficult without an experienced professional’s help. Electrical and plumbing issues are not uncommon in older homes, nor are foundational issues. This can particularly apply to homes constructed of brick, as many historic Denver homes are. Asbestos and lead paint are other potential hazards you may encounter. These are issues that require special attention and precautions.
Permitting is another challenge, regardless of the type of permits you may need to obtain. You already learned that exterior modifications for homes in historic districts are subject to review. Official historic homes may require additional review from boards, associations, or other entities. Additional zoning ordinances may require your Denver home remodeling to be done in a particular way or even using specific materials. Without proper research and planning, you run the risk of rejection and may have to start the process all over again.
Factor Design Build Historic Home Remodeling
With so many potential challenges and regulations associated with remodeling a Denver historic home, hiring an experienced firm can save you a lot of time and hassle. It can also ensure your remodel retains the home’s original essence.
Factor Design Build founders Josh Fiester and Kent Simpson collectively have over35 years in residential and commercial construction, including work on older and historic homes. The whole Factor team brings hundreds of years of architecture, design, contracting, and construction experience to the table.
Their expertise means they know how to avoid pitfalls and how to accurately estimate time and budget, so there are no hidden fees or unexpected add-ons. With Factor Design Build’s fixed pricing model, construction challenges are addressed up-front, so you aren’t faced with any surprises. And the return on investment is immense, especially for your overall efficiency, pleasure, and quality of life. Contact Factor Design Build to get started today.