5 Tips to Make Your Historic Interior More Comfortable
5 Tips to
MAKE YOUR HISTORIC
1. Mitigate drafts
Identify where your house may
be losing energy (dampers,
attics, windows). Use historically
compatible materials like caulking
and weather stripping. Window
removal should be the last resort!
2. HVAC and historic houses can coexist.
Installing some climate controlled systems in a historic structure risks damaging
decorative finishes and materials, and can lead to the loss of character-defining
features. Look for small-duct options that can fit above ceilings.
3. Learn the secrets of plaster walls.
The interior of plaster walls is composed of lath upon which up to three coats of
plaster are applied to. The lath, which is nailed to supports like studs, allows the
plaster to ooze between each strip and cling, forming keys. You can hang frames and
other objects on plaster walls if you take precautions.
4. Uneven floors
might signal a
Uneven floors in a historic house can
range from inconsequential (a natural
result of age) to worrisome (structural
components were removed or are
damaged). It’s important to determine
how serious it is in your historic
property so you can know what, if
anything, needs to be done.
5. Know your options for electrical wiring.
You can rewire your historic house or update what’s already in place, but you need to
know the existing infrastructure—a pro familiar with historic structures will know how
to minimize alterations to the physical fabric of your house.
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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