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 preserving those portions or features which convey its historical, cultural, or architectural values.  See Examples Here
  • Reconstruction   – The act or process of depicting, by means of new construction, the form, features, and detailing of a non-surviving site, landscape, building, structure, or object for the purpose of replicating its appearance at a specific period of time and in its historic location.  See examples here:

We Can:

  • Add square footage to the rear of the building
  • Rework the interior Floor Plan to accommodate a modern lifestyle
  • Finish out the attic to provide more square footage
  • Add a porch
  • Remove changes that were made

We Shouldn’t:

  • Remove original features like doors & windows
  • Change the front elevation of the house
  • Change the location of the entrance
  • Use modern materials that don’t fit the period or style

Choosing the most appropriate treatment for a building requires careful decision-making about a building’s historical significance, as well taking into account a number of other considerations:

  • Relative importance in history.
  • Physical condition
  • Proposed use
  • Mandated code requirements


Design Tips for Historic Homes

Where do these ideas come from?