4 Tips For Remodeling Your Historic Home’s Bathroom for Function While Preserving Historical Significance

Posted on:

Owning an historic home has its appeal and charm, but it also has its challenges.

Older homes have many quirks that sometimes make them less-than-functional for your modern needs. There is no place this rings more true than in the bathroom.

A bathroom is usually the smallest room in the house, but serves the most purpose. It’s where you get ready for your day, and decompress in the evening, and everything in between, so it needs to be in working order.

Dealing with an older home means working with older pipes and fixtures that, over time, have worn down and need replacing. Not to mention older wallpaper and flooring that have gotten dingy or damaged with age.

You bought the home because you loved all its unique aspects, inside and out. So how do you restore function while preserving historical significance?

Research Your Home

Take some time to research your specific home. What is its historical significance? What are the features that need to stay in the final remodel?

A little research will go a long way in helping you maintain historical accuracy.

Know the names of things that will need replacing or fixing. It helps to have specific names for obscure historical objects you are looking to replace.

Find the Right Contractor

If you want to retain historical accuracy, you can’t hire just any contractor. You will need someone who specializes in historic homes. This type of contractor will be familiar with the regulations regarding historic homes in your jurisdiction, as well as the challenges that may be faced.

If you live in an historic district, your neighbors may be able to make recommendations. You can also visit local historic sites, as they likely have connections to reputable builders.

Locate the Right Materials

Locating period-specific materials could prove difficult. Your contractor, neighbors, or historic sites may be able to recommend a few places to find less common pieces.

Hard-to-find items and materials may require a little creativity. If it is something that is not visible, such as subfloor or other structural aspects,  you may not have to replace it with exact materials. This gives you the opportunity to install something more durable. Check your local laws before moving forward.

Follow the Rules

Historic districts have rules about what can and cannot be done in an historic home. It is very important to adhere to these regulations. Your contractor should be familiar with these laws, taking the guesswork out of the remodel.

You should still be familiar with these laws yourself. Tread carefully, and if you are not sure about something, it is always best to contact your district’s homeowners association to double check.

Historic Restoration in Maryland & Pennsylvania

Restore your historic home back to its former glory! At Irvine Construction, we have extensive knowledge and experience restoring and renovating older homes in Maryland and Pennsylvania. We understand how important it is to have a fully-functioning home that maintains historical significance. Contact us to set up a no-cost initial consultation!

16 Responses

  1. Wow! A bathroom is usually the smallest room in the house, but serves the most purpose. It’s where you get ready for your day, and decompress in the evening, and everything in between, so it needs to be in working order. Thank you so much.

  2. Jimmy says:

    Sounds Informational. I totally agree with you specifically about locating right material. I saw many failed bathroom remodeling projects here in Washington dc

  3. Tex Hooper says:

    I like your construction tips. My wife wants to do a remodel. I’ll have to hire a contractor.

  4. If you are a homeowner or landlord with an historic building, you know how important it is to preserve its integrity. While every two-story Victorian home has a bathroom, not all of them were built with the same purpose in mind. What may work for the 21st century doesn’t necessarily work for the 19th century. Historic buildings require special care and attention when it comes to renovations, especially those focused on bathrooms.

  5. Great content! Thanks for sharing these tips. I found these tips very helpful.

  6. Historic homes are unique and full of character. And this uniqueness is invaluable for a homeowner who wants to maintain their home’s history or simply want to add some flair to their home. The best way to achieve this is with historic bathroom renovations that allow the preservation of the historical integrity while making it functional in today’s world.

  7. John Carston says:

    It’s awesome that you talked about the importance of checking your home to gather more ideas. After moving to our current area, my wife wants to have our home remodeled because the layout doesn’t fit our family, and she asked if I have any idea what is the best option to do. Thanks to this helpful article, I’ll be sure to consult a trusted remodeling contractor as they can answer all our concerns.

  8. WOW! Great Your Blog Content is really awesome for the persons who want to renovate or remodelize their historic bathroom. As everyone knows that bathroom is just a small room but it will use daily for the main purpose. So spending money on the bathroom is worth it. There are many firms are available in marketing that said they are best in remodeling but they not. Only a few of them offer the best remodeling services like Monoxy Construction. Monoxy construction is a US-Based Remodeling firm that offers the best remodeling services for homes, factories, industries & more. If you want to know more about monoxy, then visit their online portal now!

  9. John says:

    I love that you talked about the importance of hiring a contractor that specializes in home remodeling to meet your ideal design. My mother informed me that she wishes to have our home remodeled because the layout does not suit our family and asked if I had any ideas on the best way to proceed with the home design. Thanks to this useful article, I’ll be sure to visit a reputable home remodeling service that can address all of our concerns.

  10. jeff carbine says:

    My favorite part of the article is when you said that working with an older property entails dealing with outdated pipes and fixtures that have worn out and need to be replaced. We are planning to remodel the old office to become new. Thanks for this post. I now have an idea of how and where to find commercial remodeling services in town.

  11. Tex Hooper says:

    I like your contracting tips. I need a house built. I’ll have to consider hiring a good contractor.

  12. Braden Bills says:

    I have an old home that I want to update, but I don’t want it to lose it’s historical charm. It makes sense that I would want to update the functions, but keep the nice look. That’s definitely something worth looking into.

  13. I am in complete agreement that when we are looking to add more rooms to our home, we need to hire the right contractor. It makes perfect sense as by hiring the right contractor, we can be certain that our home renovation will be done properly. I will definitely interview prospective contractors for my renovation needs.

  14. It was interesting to know that the historical significance of a home must stay during the home remodeling project. My mother wants to give our home an upgrade. I should advise her to hire a home remodeling contractor that can execute her desired outcome.

  15. John Carston says:

    It helped when you said that you should consider researching the history of your property to gather ideas and information. Last week, my wife wanted to have our home remodeled because the layout of our house doesn’t fit our family, and she asked if I had any idea what could be the best option to do about the home design. Thanks to this helpful article, I’ll be sure to consult a trusted home interior remodeling service as they can provide more information about the potential of our home.

  16. Tex Hooper says:

    I never considered the historic rules you have to follow during a remodel. My wife and I want to renovate an old southern home. We’ll have to see if there are any districting rules we need to be aware of.

Leave a Reply