Interior Design & Flooring

Top renovations for an older home

Thu, 12/05/2013 - 09:39

Older homes have a certain level of charm that is hard to recreate in new construction. However, it's common to hear from owners of aged buildings that the comfort is slightly inferior because older structures were not built to accommodate the needs of today and are not energy efficient. To get the best of both worlds, a homeowner can invest in a number of key renovations to improve the property. 
1) Insulation. By installing high R-value insulation into the walls and ceilings of a property, a homeowner is able to drastically reduce the energy loss that occurs throughout the year. The transfer of warm and cooled air through the walls during the summer and winter means valuable dollars are lost. By discussing the issue with a contractor or insulation professional a homeowner can find the ideal solution that meets the needs of a particular property. 
2) Radiant floor heating. Increase the comfort felt in an older home by removing any chance of feeling a draft of chilled air during the winter months. The consistent presence of warmth flowing from beneath the floors will allow a homeowner and his or her guests to remain relaxed. Unlike traditional solutions that are often worn and out of date in an older home, a radiant floor heating system is modern and won't require any structural changes for updates. 
3) Bathroom. The cramped bathrooms found in older homes are certainly not like the spacious modern marvels many people have grown expectant of or desire. A modern bathroom with a deep tub, double sinks and plenty of storage for miscellaneous items will make a house feel updated and fit the lifestyle of a modern homeowner.