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. 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, or listen to Episode 76 of our podcast, Saving the Alexander Mansion.

If you have stories about historic homes you’ve been involved with or have helped save, we’d love to hear from you. Contact us via the Contact Us page.

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Laura Davis is a registered architect and interior designer in the state of Texas and a founding member of hpd architecture + interiors. Laura has a range of experience that includes residential as well as commercial, retail, and historical projects.

As a certificate holder in Historic Preservation, Laura enjoys working with existing spaces to bring new life to older properties. 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’s passion is discovering her clients’ personal wants and needs, as well as the “why” behind their wish list. The details of their lifestyle, the daily activities of their family members, and learning what gets them up in the morning all help shape the design that makes a house their home.


VP, Architect, hpd architecture + interiors