After you do some basic research on the style of your home, the next step is to bring in the experts. Experts can range from restoration contractors, to architecture professors, to local historians, to even students in an architecture program in their last few years of school.
After a tour of inside and outside the home, experts should easily be able to identify the primary design elements of the house quickly. Experts will tell you that even if you were correct about the design facade of your house, there could be a secret life looming in the frame of the house.
It’s not uncommon for homes to receive design “face-lifts” meaning the current design might not be the one your home was built with. Rarely is the frame of the house changed, so the true origin can lie there. By looking at unfinished areas in the basement or attic, you can find the “old” frame and use their construction to give way to their history.
Floor joists, timbers, and foundation of the house can give more information than the exterior ever could. Take a look at yours with an expert and uncover more than you could imagine about your home’s origins.
Week three of this series will concentrate on what details to look for when identifying the era of your house.
via This Old House
I posted the first of this series last week here is part 2, hope you enjoy the information.
Have a great Day
Dianne Yelm-Century 21 Affiliated
Posted March 12, 2015