6 Tips for Starting a Home Restoration Project

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Are you considering a home restoration project? Here are some things to think about first.

Water intrusion – The top priority in a home restoration project or in maintenance is to keep water out. You HAVE to keep the water from getting in before you can focus on restoring or preserving the inside of your home. Water intrusion wrecks everything. Check the roof to see where the water is coming in and for needed repairs. Look for cracks in the bricks of the walls, search for leaks around windows and doors and also seepage at the foundation and basement.

Stabilize the foundation – It’s common for soil under a home’s foundation to move up and down over time. Foundation movement can lead to cracks. Soaker hoses can be used to water your foundation during the hot summer months and prevent your foundation from cracking and deteriorating.

Mechanical – Inspect the air conditioning units and look for condensation and mold. Make sure your HVAC units are working properly.

Plumbing – Look for cast iron pipes that could be broken, rusted, or blocked by mineral buildup.

Electrical – Have the wiring inspected. Old wiring can be a risk for fire.

Interior finishes – Only after the home is dry, stable, and safe from flood and fire should you invest in restoring the fine finishes on the interior of your home.

A historic home is something to be celebrated and appreciated no matter what stage the restoration is at. There is so much satisfaction to be found in restoring a historic home to its former glory, plus a restored (or remodeled) home benefits the structure and your lifestyle and increases the resale value.

CLICK HERE to read about renovations to the historical Alexander Mansion in Dallas, TX

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Laura

VP, Architect, hpd architecture + interiors
Laura Davis is a Texas and Colorado registered architect and interior designer, and a co-founder of hpd architecture + interiors. With a diverse portfolio spanning residential, commercial, retail, and historical projects, Laura’s heart lies with her specialty in Historic Preservation. She loves to revitalize older properties, cherishing their character and the stories they hold. Her true passion lies in understanding her clients deeply, uncovering their desires and motivations, and crafting designs that turn houses into cherished homes.

Laura Davis is a registered architect and interior designer in the state of Texas and Colorado, and a founding member of hpd architecture + interiors. Laura's extensive experience includes residential as well as commercial and retail projects.  She also has a particular interest in restoration, holding a certificate in Historic Preservation. She is energized by the character of older homes and the stories of those who have lived there. Responding to the needs of the current owner, while also honoring the personality of the original home is a delicate process to be enjoyed.

Laura Davis

Vice President, Architect, Interior Designer Principal , hpd architecture + interiors

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