One of the most important things to us as we embark on this renovation project is finding a balance between maintaining the historical integrity of the home while making it attractive to modern buyers. Already we’ve had to ask ourselves some tough questions:
- The clawfoot tub takes up most of the upstairs bathroom. But it’s beautiful. Can we find a way to work it in?
- Our realtor suggests getting rid of the mud swirl ceilings. Erica thinks they’re lovely. Todd is undecided.
- The sink in the kitchen is undeniably cool, but undeniably impractical. Can we use it anywhere?
- The radiators are in solid shape, and they’re a great heat source. But do modern buyers want them in every room?
- The home’s original windows are in good shape too, and studies have shown that replacing them actually has a negligible impact on energy costs. But will modern buyers see that?
- There are hints of features that have been removed over the years, including columns in the foyer and pocket doors between the dining room and living room. Do we invest the money to add those back in?
As we move forward and weigh our options, we’ll be sure to share how we come to a decision on each one of these questions. Have an opinion? Feel free to leave a comment!