Where do you start when restoring an old house?

You should only start the interior design after all the major corrections have been made. The final step in the restoration process is to make you feel at home. You should only start the interior design after all the major corrections have been completed. Choose a combination of colors and paint the walls according to your preferences.

Tile bathrooms and kitchens, install appliances, and place carpets on the new floor. Start filling your home with all the furniture and personal items you'll need for your life in your newly restored paradise. At this stage, you can finally start to see that the room is going to be finished. And some of that emotion from the first step comes back to your heart.

This is where you can start putting the room back together. The walls are fixed, the moldings can go up (or go up again) and it's a room again. We turned to one of our favorite interior designers and architects, Steven Gambrel, also obsessed with old houses, who has restored and renovated several 18th and 19th century houses in and around New York, such as Captain Overton's house, built in 1853 in Sag Harbor, to learn a little about what to expect and what to look for when restoring a period home. Sometimes, the location of the house is directly related to the strength and quality of building materials.

That negatively affects their integrity, Gambrel says. It's about knowing what to sacrifice to preserve the rest. That's where the beauty, the charm and the extravagance of a renovation lie. If you're looking for inspiration or want to restore your home to the time it was built, look at photos of the house or similar houses online to help generate ideas.

Once you have restored the foundation of the house and its internal systems, start reassembling it by adding walls and floors to the back.

Judy Laubach
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