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

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

Commercial Historic Building Restoration Tax Credits

Commercial Historic Restoration Have you ever wanted to buy an old commercial building and fix it up?  Did you know there was a federal rehabilitation tax credit that may be available to help you pay for the restoration project? This credit was established by congress to help preserve historic buildings and encourage businesses to stay in older, economically disadvantaged areas, such as inner cities. To qualify for this credit, your restoration expenses must exceed the greater of the adjusted basis of the building and its structural components or $5,000, whichever is greater. The adjusted basis is the purchase price, less the cost of the land, minus depreciation already taken. ... 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

Restore Those Historic Doors!

Historic doors Those old doors add so much architectural charm to your Denver historic home that you just can't find in a new door. However they may be hard to close, or even need to be slammed. This is due to many factors such a settling of the house, paint build-up, loose glue, loose hinges and/or warping of the door itself. Old doors can be restored so that they open and shut just as nicely as their counterparts in newer houses. Do not be like many home owners and try to solve the problems with half done repairs. Do it right, and ... Read More

Historic Home Restoration – Repair Those Historic Windows!

Denver Restoration Contractor Historic home restoration contractors are often approached by homeowners who want to replace their old windows. Many times this is the first item on their list when they begin to restore an old house. They figure the old windows are drafty and hard to open and close. The reality is they are correct. However, replacing the old windows for new is rarely the best option and here are the reasons why. First of all, it is hard to stress enough the contribution that original windows make to the over all look of the historic home. Original historic windows have the ... Read More