One of the big reasons for neglecting older houses is that remodeling over the years has too often been just patchwork. House remodeling is not patchwork at all, but begins with a complete study of the house, without and within, to determine what possibilities there may be in the shell. The foundations, walls and roofs are examined to strengthen them if required. The entire outline of the dwelling may be changed, old-fashioned towers and turrets may have been lopped off; verandas removed and replaced by sun rooms; and period decorations and gingerbread ornament taken down and a more artistic style substituted.
Explore older homes, historic houses, farmhouses, and mansions for inspiration in house remodeling; featuring interior images, architectural drawings, landscape designs, floor plans, and history of the historic houses. Discover how to remodel with online bath design tools, bathroom decor and bathroom fixtures. Explore hundreds of photos of houses, cottages and the Victorian homes for inspiration for your next house remodel or restoration project. Find galleries of photos of interiors and exteriors of houses built before 1940. Don't forget to re-design your garden to the period of your house or start a cottage garden.
For example, a typical mid-west farmhouse that looked as bleak and depressing as a hard winter, was remodeled so that it had a charming and hospitable effect, while retaining the appearance of a farm house. Only it made you think of springtime on the farm, and apple blossoms and grassy meadows, instead of frozen slush. But today it is a comfortable and modern residence, with sixteen rooms, plenty of baths, servants‘ quarters, large guest rooms and living rooms. The kitchen was transformed into a modern day farmhouse kitchen while the master bathroom maintains a Victorian bathroom appeal. A charming porch located in front of this farmhouse plan invites the passer-by to walk in and share the comfort that exist within.