While we have completed remodeling projects all over Austin and the surrounding areas in all styles of houses from mid-century to traditional to modern, some of our favorite projects have been historic renovations. We take great pride in being known as an expert historic renovation contractor, and have been privileged to be awarded the annual Historic Renovation award for the past 2 years by the Austin Chapter of NARI. Many remodelers shy away from historic renovations due to the “unknowns” that can pop up when working on older houses and the significant permitting process that is involved. So, why do we love it so much?
At its core, rehabilitating existing structures is the best kind of “green” building. In fact, it has been estimated that a new, green, energy-efficient building that includes as much as 40 percent recycled materials would nevertheless take approximately 65 years to recover the energy lost in demolishing a comparable existing building.
When we renovate a historic home, we save as much as possible in the existing home like flooring, trimwork, and lighting where possible. We use a great local window restoration company, Red River Restorations, to restore old wood windows to make them more energy efficient; in fact, old wood windows last longer and rot less than new wood windows due to the old growth wood they are made of. An added plus is that the salvaging of these items ensures that old houses retain their tremendous charm!
Take a look at a couple historical renovations we have completed at Avenue B Development in our portfolio.