I get asked a lot if I like living in a hundred-year-old home.
To be 100% truthful, I absolutely love it.
My home was built in 1915. We have lived here for 19 years and have completed three remodels. We built a new kitchen and expanded the family room area. We upgraded the electrical and air conditioning systems and redid five bathrooms. We also added a new porch and fireplace on the back of the house. We did have to replace the main fireplace as we discovered it had cracked in one of the earthquakes. It was costly but worth every penny. We have done a lot to the house but we are lucky in that most of it has been on the fun stuff!
There are a lot of advantages to buying an older home. Older homes have been around for a long time and have been through a lot. Many of them were built better. Our house has solid redwood doors and original wood windows. The original craftsman built it with amazing detail and the woodwork is divine. I personally feel like that’s harder to come by these days… and if you want to do it that way it costs a pretty penny! (But it’s always worth it!)
Larger homes also tend to have larger lots and more character. The Victorian, craftsman, Tudor and colonial homes are all known for their character.
There is no that doubt mature trees and yards are a huge plus with older homes. We have two trees in our front yard that are at least 75 years old. They have survived through a lot! Weird to think they are older than us!
Of course, there are also drawbacks to owning an older home. Maintenance is really important and you may have no idea if the house was properly maintained through the decades. We were lucky that plumbing, foundation, electrical and structural were in good shape when we bought our home. I think it helped that we bought the home from my in-laws (who bought it in 1969). The other issue is that people lived differently back in the early 1900’s. Most older homes have a lot of smaller rooms. Our home had a maid’s room and sleeping porch. We opened up the floor plan of the bottom floor and got rid of the maid’s room and added a large kitchen and family room. The change in the floor plan made a huge difference!
I don’t think there is anything wrong with new homes that were built to replicate the charm of older homes. I have seen some unbelievable new homes that have all of the character of an older home. I am sure the modern amenities are wonderful and often you can’t even tell that some of the newer homes were recently built!
It is fabulous that there are so many wonderful options to discover the charm and wonder of an older home.
What is it that you look for in a home? Charm and character? Modern amenities and complete personalization? I’m curious! So let me know below!