Blending the Old with the New

One of the comments about our Habs we get the most revolves around how the fresh, modern design will look against their weathered property! Until you see the Hab against the property, you don’t appreciate how well the contrast works together!

We thought it might be handy to go through a few rules of blending the old and the new when it comes to home renovation.

So there are two ways that you can go about renovating your property when you have an older home; you could take the preservationists approach and go for a purely historical renovation, or you can go for a blending of the old and new, which actually we’ve found to be a lot more desirable. 

Older homes can have a lot of issues, from the layers and layers of old paint to never floors, poorly thought out layouts and just questionable decor choices that don’t work with todays modern family.

There are some charming elements of an older home which are predominantly what attracts a buyer to the home in the first place. The ability to see past the cracks and imperfections and see the potential of a more senior property is an extremely valuable talent to possess. Traditional crown moulding, original fireplaces and other remnants of the past to look out for when in the market for a home to renovate.

Lets take a look at some of these rules.

Rule #1 – Make Sure You Know the Different Between the Assets of the Home and the Liabilities – and Then Separate Them.

You will fine absolute gems in every old home – regardless of its condition! It could be a stained glass window pane or a beautifully high ceiling that Georgian and Victorian homes are famed for. The key to a successful renovation is making the decision about what it is you’d like to keep and what you’re not overly attached to.

There are a lot of homes that seem to take issue with letting go of some of the original features of their home. It may be the thing that sold the house to them in the first place. Maybe it’s the carpeted, original wood flooring. A bit of TLC could completely transform the worn planks of wood back into their former glory!

However, this sadly isn’t always the case. Sometimes, when floors are damaged beyond repair, there is no option but to replace them. This can be hard for a homeowner to let go of, especially when this was one of the features that originally sold you on the property. Making sure you understand the assets and liabilities can help a homeowner make these decisions with a calm head.

Rule #2 – Don’t Be Afraid to Modernise

For the sake of being comfortable and practical, there are certain areas of the home that you should modernise where it counts the most. Even if you’re planning on sticking with a lot of the homes original features, the two areas that are frequently suggested to be renovated are the kitchen and the bathroom. It’s rare to fine an old kitchen that is set up and ready for 21st century living and it’s the same for bathrooms. 

Rule #3 – Get Quirky!

You shouldn’t feel like you can’t make changes to your older home. Unless it’s a registered historical landmark there’s no need for you to live in a dated museum – no matter what the elitists online might say! Older, more traditional homes can be brought down to earth and more into the present time just by adding funky pieces and architecture. It’s an opportunity to rejuvenate the property and give it a new lease of life, all whilst making the home work for you and your needs.

Rule #4 – Consider Giving an Occasional Nod to the Original Design

Even if you’re gutting an entire house and starting anew, it’s always nice to consider giving a nod to the original builder’s concepts, there’s always ways that you can recall the older features when creating a new space.

So these are a few rules that we feel are all worth bearing in mind when you’re attempting to blend the old with the new. You know what they say though, rules are made to be broken, so if you don’t feel these work for you, don’t feel obligated to follow.

Taking another look at Hab as an example, there are plenty of options out there that will let you build an extension to match the design and look of your existing house, however the contrast between our Hab design and all the houses we’ve completed them on so far has worked so well. It truly does complement the existing build and can even add value to the property to boot!

If you’re looking for a solution to your space needs, consider Habattach. Extend your home easily, beautifully and know exactly what it costs. All of our Habs include a fixed design, fixed install and fixed cost and with a variety of sizes to choose on and bolt ons to customise them with, it’s the perfect option.

Exterior Example - 6m x 4m Hab 2 Prefab Extension
Living Room Layout Interior - Hab 2 6m x 4m Prefab Extension

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