In an Article for Country Living, Nicole shares in the opening lines of her show that her goal is to take worn-down old properties and “restore them to their former glory.” She has become quite famous and her show is very popular. She has brought many amazing properties back to life including gorgeous historic mansions. In the article written by Country Living, she shared her top 5 buying and restoring tips.
Know your strengths and limitations
Don’t purchase a property that will be too much for you to take on. Make sure that you are up to the task. If you plan to do the work yourself and it is your first restoring project start small. She says “Always ask yourself, ‘Do I have the time or money?’ Because if you have the time then you don’t necessarily need a huge budget and you can pretty much learn as you go.”
If you are a handy person and love these types of projects then go for it. Or if you have the money to hire someone to do a large restoring project then purchase that large romantic Portland mansion.
Avoid This Most Common Mistake
There is no single restoring formula to fix all distressed historic homes. Nicole says, “The biggest mistake people make is that they don’t do their research. They hire contractors who don't work with the type of home that they have. If you have a home from 1910, make sure that you are working with a plumber who is proficient in old plumbing.”
Search for the Clues
It is not uncommon for older properties to be stripped of original finishes and fixtures, with no extra materials to replace them. You can put the fixtures back in the home if you are willing to search. Look hard enough and you can find some clues about how the property may have looked when it was new. Nicole advises,” look for one detail that is still there. A lot of times its just one piece of original trim. I could match that!”
Don’t Get Scared by the Need for Custom
Many older properties are made with custom fixtures. A custom made item is the best to replace it or add to it for an authentic look. Nicole uses custom fixtures that surprisingly cost less than stock items.
Keep and Repair Key Components Instead of Replacing Them
The best fit for things in an old house are the original ones that came with the home. Old homes shift and settle with time and the parts made for the home when it was new settle with the home. Nicole says, “original is always best.” Taking out a door that came with the home and putting in a new one could just lead to painstaking work
There are many many great historic homes in Portland, many of them have been lovingly restored and are tour-able or used as businesses for the public to enjoy. If you are looking for a stately and historic Portland home to restore to southern charm we can help you find it
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