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It is not essential to know all the facts about the history of a given house.  Many great houses have been restored or renovated, and made into wonderful places to live without anyone knowing who built them or slept there.  For many people, the most interesting neighborhoods are those where the houses were built in the first half of the 20th century.  These neighborhoods have established trees, shrubs and flowerbeds.  They often have sidewalks and the houses may have porches designed for sitting and not just for standing out of the rain while looking for a door key.  There is nostalgia associated with these neighborhoods, often because of the roll houses such as these played in our own early lives.  These may be like the houses of our parents or grandparents.

There are many ways to improve an old house.  You can simply upgrade it.  The kitchens were designed to earlier standards, before most electrical appliances, and were often intended to be cooked in by a hired person, and not by the homeowner.  The bathrooms were usually tile, but by now the tile is cracked, or the grout is missing; the shiny porcelain finishes are scoured off of the tubs and lavatories, allowing un-removable staining.  The water pipes are galvanized metal and if they don’t leak under the house, they are full to near blockage with mineral build up, slowing the water flow to a trickle.  There are never enough electrical outlets, and the ones that are there, are ungrounded.  No insulation, no central heat and air.  Why would anyone want to live in a house like this?  Well, because of its intrinsic design and location. This house probably has interesting features like high ceilings and wood floors, spacious rooms, a large covered front porch or a screened side porch. It can be brought up to the same convenience and comfort standards as any new home.

Not big enough?  Do you need another bedroom or two, a bathroom, an office, a whole second story?  Not a problem, we’ll just add onto it.  That's our job. 

Many homeowners don’t really know their own minds.  They live in a house that they don't like, and they say to their friends, “it doesn’t exactly suit our needs, but...”, so they sell that house and move into a different one, and this time they say “it’s wasn't really what we wanted either, but…” 

People who remodel know their minds, or at least have a general idea of how their spaces could be made to fit their lifestyles and better suit their needs.  There is pleasure to be had in taking a hand in the design and modification of the spaces in which you spend your private time, and satisfaction to be found  living in the new spaces you have created.