They gain in beauty if care­fully main­tained

The Telegram (St. John’s) - Home Buyers' Guide - - METRO REGION -

Houses built over 100 years ago hold an ir­re­sistible attraction for many peo­ple. Their struc­ture has stood the test of time and dec­o­ra­tive el­e­ments from an­other era give them an aura of mys­tery. When you visit a cen­tury home, do you love imag­in­ing the gen­er­a­tions of peo­ple who lived there with all their joys and sor­rows?

Cen­tury, old or ances­tral; what­ever name you give them, old homes are ma­te­rial wit­nesses to the his­tory of a town. Sought af­ter by his­tory lovers, con­nois­seurs, col­lec­tors and re­stor­ers, these houses pre­serve the her­itage of a re­gion and al­low us to travel back through time. If care­fully main­tained, cen­tury-old houses gain in beauty and value. Some buy­ers turn them into mu­se­ums or bed-and-break­fast inns; oth­ers trans­form them into beau­ti­ful pri­vate homes.

Choos­ing to buy a cen­tury home typ­i­cally means be­ing con­fronted with some ren­o­vat­ing chal­lenges. Cur­rent stan­dards for in­su­la­tion, elec­tric­ity, plumb­ing and ven­ti­la­tion are some­times dif­fi­cult to im­ple­ment. Be­fore mak­ing any changes to an old house, find out about the dif­fer­ent op­tions avail­able and talk to con­trac­tors.

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