Historic Home Design Tips

Design Tips for Historic Homes Research the history of your property thoroughly Identify any original features, architecture & materials Keep additions & updates in the main style and period of the structure Authenticate any desired changes to the property through Historic documents & photos Government & Property Records Written & Oral Histories Select paint colors … [Read more…]

Identifying Historic Properties

Is My Property Historic? Generally, buildings over 50 years old are considered historic.  This means that every year, a new batch of architecture comes under the historic umbrella. Historic integrity, along with age, is considered in order to determine the overall significance of a building.  Historic integrity is the ability of a property to convey its … [Read more…]

Historic Architectural Styles

Historic Architectural Styles Next:  What should I do with My historic house? Dutch Colonial  Steep Pitched Gable Roof Gambrel Roof Flared Eaves Dutch Cross Bond   Colonial Revival   Georgian, Federal, Roman Classicism Symmetrical façade with accentuated front door Decorative pediment over entry porch Doors have fanlights or sidelights Windows frequently paired Roof: Gabled, hipped or … [Read more…]

Choosing the Appropriate Historic Treatment

How Do You Choose The Appropriate Historic Treatment? So your house is over 50 years old, and has some great architecture or history… now what? In North Texas, we predominantly have need for Rehabilitation & Reconstruction. Rehabilitation – The act or process of making possible a compatible use for a property through repair, alterations, and additions while … [Read more…]

Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties

What are the National Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties? The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties are common sense historic preservation principles in non-technical language. They promote historic preservation best practices that will help to protect our nation’s irreplaceable cultural resources. There are Standards for four distinct, but interrelated, … [Read more…]