Renovations of old houses: characteristics and interventions


There are numerous historic houses all across the world, each with its own history, distinct style, and inestimable artistic value. Not only should their economic value not be disregarded, but it is also a good idea to carry out ad hoc restorations of historic properties and always rely on the right people to maintain and possibly increase it.

Here’s what you should and shouldn’t do to restore a historic property to its former glory.

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It is simple to state that a house is ancient, but there are some structures that, while very old, do not come into the categories of properties recognized as ancient and of unique worth and importance.

So, how can you spot an ancient house that would be a good candidate for renovation?

In this essay, I wanted to highlight all the unique features of these fascinating and interesting, as well as scenic, residences, which are a perfect starting point for a refurbishment that can, why not, skillfully integrate ancient and modern. In general, old dwellings have:

  1. High ceilings are appealing because they allow you to build habitable mezzanines, where you may, for example, set up your home office or arrange the children’s bedroom. However, keep in mind that the last word on feasibility goes to the technician, architect, or engineer who can evaluate numerous influencing variables for habitability such as position, brightness, width, ceiling height, and so on.
  2. Thick walls are a real joke since they provide more thermal and acoustic insulation, but they also have drawbacks.

These are clearly not the only qualities of historic houses, but they are the ones that should be prioritized in terms of functional renovation.

Not only that, but you may come across very specific frescoes, decorations, and coverings in general: always and only hire an expert architect to renovate an old house, as he will be able to give you all the necessary technical tips as well as make the old splendor of the home shine.


Renovations of historical houses are sensitive and perfect techniques for restoring historic residences of artistic interest to their former glory.

Not only that, but care is required to keep these properties looking attractive and structurally sound.

As a result, specific checks are required on a regular basis, and the designer in charge of your renovation will be able to discuss and offer them to you.

To begin, it is a good idea to hire an architect, an interior designer, an engineer, or a professional design firm that specializes in this type of intervention.


Working in an old house is not, or nearly so, like working in a new one. This is because the major goal is not to remove partitions and just reorganize the interior, possibly changing the style and coverings, but rather the opposite.

Above all, the primary goal of a historic property renovation is:

  1. the enhancement of its mood and potentially the creation of a unique style that knows how to mix antique and modern without distorting the house.
  2. improving energy efficiency.
  3. the updating of the systems and possible compliance.
  4. the optimization of indoor and outdoor spaces and functional areas.

As previously said, there are characteristic elements of old houses that are best examined by an expert; the same trustworthy architect might consult a decorator, a restorer, etc. on a case-by-case basis for more specific guidance.

In general, we are referring to items such as timber dividers, excellent floors, frescoes, wall panels, and external façade embellishments.

Technically, the designer has the last say, but remember that it is also feasible (in some situations) to relocate items from one room to another to exploit them without demolishing them.

Renovating an old house entail learning how to integrate old and new, as well as developing a distinct style that can never be defined in advance. Above all, it means learning how to match the client’s current needs and the most modern standards with the home’s construction in an excellent and prudent manner.

If you are considering purchasing a historic property, you should be aware that you will need to have focused technical evaluations performed on the condition of the locations. These studies will assist you in understanding the fundamental interventions required for an ad hoc refurbishment of the old house you fell in love with.

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