Friday, November 03, 2006

Rehabbing in a Historic District

Take my word for it, living through a vintage rehab is a challenge. I spent most of my teenage years living in a 1920's Georgian home that was being significantly updated and I think I've slept on almost every floor of the house. Not kidding. My parents didn't live in a historic district, but many amazing vintage homes are. Whether you're in the city or the suburbs, historic districts abound, rules and all. Who doesn't appreciate those amazing brick and stone homes with oversized fireplaces, one of a kind woodwork and other unique elements. But are you ready to take on potential requirements and restrictions that communities, in particular historic districts, place on home owners in addition to the rehab? If you are, make sure you read in detail the local ordinances that would apply to your rehab and don't assume that if you want to vary something even slightly that it will be allowed. People can be very passionate about historic homes and staying in character with the community. So you're passionate as well, but be sure to educate yourself so you don't have unpleasant surprises down the road. Also, check out this great articles in the Chicago Tribune, Staying in Character.

Will I ever rehab a vintage home? Only if I can someone else to do it!