Historic Preservation – Restoration Carpentry

Historic Preservation There’s nothing quite like the beauty of the old Denver home. Built into the landscape rather than on it. Coddled by large trees and hills. These homes speak of proportion and symmetry, scale and form. We love restoring Historic Denver Homes! Combining vintage woodworking techniques with an intimate knowledge of local historic architecture, we are able to provide repairs that seem to disappear into the original historic wood. Careful conservation of original historic wood is the most cost effective way to preserve the unmistakable beauty of Denver historic buildings or to harmoniously introduce new woodwork into an existing structure. We ... Read More

Spring Has Sprung – Exterior House Painting

Denver Exterior House Painting The most important step in exterior house painting does not involve a paintbrush or a paint roller. In fact it doesn't involve paint at all. Preparing the surface of your home prior to painting will make or break your exterior paint job. It is rarely the paint itself that fails over the years but rather the adhesion of the paint to the surface below or substrate. The #1 reason paint fails to adhere is because the surface to which it was applied was either dirty, wet or was loose itself. Or possibly all 3. So making sure your paint surface ... Read More

Denver Historic Preservation – Preserving Historic Ornamental Plaster

Historic Ornamental Plaster Denver Historic Preservation - Similar to flat walls and ceilings, historical ornamental plaster is made of gypsum and lime which are very stable and durable materials. Plaster can be modeled, colored, stamped, or stenciled. If you are fortunate enough to have ornamental plaster in your home, you will want to preserve it. You should keep in mind that ornamental plaster is subject to water intrusion, structural movement and vibrations. Controlling Moister Uncontrolled moisture is the most common cause of deterioration in historic homes resulting in the need for Denver Historic Preservation. Moister leads to erosion, rot, and ultimately the destruction ... Read More

Denver Historic Interior Restoration

historic plaster walls Historic Interior Restoration It is important that we all work to preserve and maintain the rich ornamental detail and general character of our Denver historical home interiors. Some of the characteristics that distinguish Denver historical interiors are the distinctive surface materials and finishes, such as wooden planked floors, decorative ceiling beams, and grained doors.The shape and detail of an interior space may be an essential part of what makes it unique. Repairing Historic Flat Plaster Walls and Ceilings Historical plaster may appear so worn with time that its complete removal may seem to be the only solution. However there are ... Read More

Historic Restoration – Crunching the Numbers

Histoic Restoration Cost It doesn't mater whether it's an old house or a more recent one, almost any improvement will increase the value of your home. The more relevant question, perhaps, is whether it's possible to recoup all the money investment in home-improvement projects including restoration projects when it comes time to sell the house. For example, if a homeowner invests $50,000 in a restoration project, will the future selling price increase by at least that amount? The answer to this question is hard to come by, primarily because there are so many interrelated reasons why residential property values appreciate. Among the more ... Read More

Denver Exterior Painting – DIY

Denver Exterior Painting DIY After years and years of harsh weather and making it through the four seasons homes can often begin to look beaten down and older than they actually are. One of the most common signs of an old home is paint that may be chipping or wearing off the exterior of the home. Chipping or peeling on the outside walls or shutters of your home can make the overall appearance much less desirable, and in many cases harder to get appraised or even sell. When living in a city such as Denver, the constantly harsh winters can begin to take its ... Read More

Painting the Interior of Your Historic Denver Home

Interior Painting Historic Homes Everyone that has experienced the new, interior paint job, will always say ‘It looks so different!’, or, ‘Wow! And all you did was paint in here?’ When it comes to restoring and or maintaining a historical home in Denver, great care must be taken to ensure that it is not jus any paint job. Importance has to be applied to whether you are painting the interior rooms of your historical home to restore it or to transform it into a newer, more contemporary look and feel. If it’s a historic ‘restoration’ you wish to achieve, then hire a company that ... Read More