4 Tips to Make Your House's Irregular Floor Plan Work for You
4 Tips to
MAKE YOUR HOUSE’S
IRREGULAR FLOOR PLAN
WORK FOR YOU
1. Forget the ideal
The unique part of living in a historic
structure is that you can see evidence
of past tenants, including the changes
they made, subtle or otherwise. That
kind of individuality cannot be
replicated—and why would you want it
2. Exercise your creative side.
Thinking of multiple options for layouts can yield interesting results, and you may
realize it’s less of a challenge to adapt your historic house for modern living than
3. Follow established patterns.
If your house is protected with an interior easement, or if modern safety requirements
don't allow for it, structural changes to your floor plan may not be possible. If this is the
case, think how past owners would have used the spaces in question.
4. Furnishings can make a difference.
Focus on the interior decorating to create an aesthetic you prefer. Consult with an
interior decorator, who can present you with different ideas to make your space work.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation works to save America’s
historic places. Preservation Tips & Tools helps others do the same
in their own communities.
For more information, visit SavingPlaces.org.
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