Materials & Technology

Cutting-edge residences built with classic designs, modern building materials

Mon, 10/10/2011 - 10:57

New-construction Victorian homes and other residences are designed to look like they are from the 19th century, but contain modern amenities and building materials, according to The Street.

"Not everyone wants historic homes that are old - with all of the potential pitfalls that an old house has," Melanie Delman, a broker who sells new and old estates in upscale Newport, R.I., told the news source. "Lots of people have a 'no muss, no fuss' mentality."

Many homeowners want to use the latest building materials in order to outfit their classic-looking residence with technology that helps to ease many operations that an individual would perform in their house.

New building materials such as specifically-made tiles, LED lighting and a variety of new flooring types are often found in older Victorian houses, as a retrofit is usually necessary to sell the property, according to The Street.

These homeowners may want to install a radiant heating system to go along with this theme, as the technology allows individuals to heat their home without having to use unsightly radiators, heating ducts and air vents.