The Holcombe-Jimison Farmstead has seen a significant decrease in the amount of land that it covers, and the number of acres may decrease further. While the area is being downgraded, a historic farmhouse has been remodeled and equipped with the latest technologies, according to the Hunterdon County Democrat.
Located right next to the train tracks that have led to the destruction of the Farmstead, the farmhouse has been the focus of the local community. The workers have helped install new technology, while still trying to maintain the authentic look, reported the news source.
"Sometimes, the old stuff just isn’t going to last," Chris Pickell, who is in charge of the project, told the Democrat. "You want to be authentic, but if it all rots away, then there’s nothing to point to because it’s gone."
The workers chose to install a radiant heating system in the floor of the property, as radiators and heating vents would ruin the look of the 18th-century farmhouse, reported the news source.
Radiant heating systems can allow homeowners to get rid of the ducts, vents and radiators that traditional forced-air systems use, while still providing the residence with an efficient source of heat.