5 Essentials For Re­mod­el­ing Your Vic­to­rian home

Victorian Homes - - Shopper - By Chick Mcbrien, CSI, CDT and Re­gional Man­ager of Ar­chi­tec­tural for Marvin Win­dows and Doors

1. Get the Right Help. En­list a de­sign pro­fes­sional with his­toric re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion ex­pe­ri­ence. Not all projects are cre­ated equal, and those with his­tor­i­cal re­quire­ments will ben­e­fit from a de­signer with ex­ten­sive ex­pe­ri­ence in Vic­to­rian restora­tions.

2. Do Your Home­work. Re­search your prop­erty’s his­tory and any im­prove­ments pre­vi­ous own­ers have made over the years—start­ing from when the home was built to the present. It’s im­por­tant to know any pre­vi­ous al­ter­ations that could af­fect the work you’re do­ing.

3. Share Your Knowl­edge. Doc­u­ment any prior work to the home with pic­to­rial and writ­ten ev­i­dence so you’re able to share this in­for­ma­tion with your part­ners on the project, as well as with any of­fi­cial en­ti­ties that need to ap­prove the work.

4. Get Ap­proval. Find out from your lo­cal au­thor­i­ties which ap­provals are nec­es­sary for you to move ahead. Do this be­fore be­gin­ning the re­hab process. You can avoid ad­di­tional ex­penses and de­lays that come from start­ing be­fore you know all the re­quire­ments or when you’ll have ap­proval to move for­ward.

5. Record the Process. Doc­u­ment the project with pic­to­rial and writ­ten ev­i­dence to ensure that you can eas­ily re­fer to it and prove what you’ve done to im­prove or re­store the prop­erty in con­junc­tion with any of­fi­cial re­quire­ments. You’ll never re­gret over-doc­u­men­ta­tion—and nei­ther will your suc­ces­sors.

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