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I own an older home and I would like a contemporary interior while retaining the exte-
How can you purchase an older home when you don’t know the costs to renovate?
Buying an older home can be challenging; Buying a home that needs renovation can be daunting!
Imagine you have found a home for your family in the perfect neighborhood, convenient to work and
schools, but it's an older home with the original kitchen and baths and no family room. An older
home may also have infrastructure that may require updating such as the furnace, air conditioning,
electrical outlets, switches, plumbing pipes and fixtures. You may wonder how much it will cost to
renovate the home.
A good place to start would be to request that a renovation company meet you and your real estate
agent onsite to evaluate the property. Armed with preliminary information regarding realistic renovation
costs, typical property setbacks, zoning regulations and structural issues, they can assist you in making
an informed real estate purchase. Once you understand the costs and the process, you can choose the
home you desire, in the neighborhood you love.
rior charm. Does this work aesthetically?
When the interior style changes, it requires a change to the features that define its style for the house to
work aesthetically. For example, when you change from colonial style to a contemporary style, walls may
have to be moved to provide the contemporary open plan, door openings and hallways may be widened,
windows may have to be added, plus doors, fixtures, switches, trim and cabinetry may need to be updated
to reflect the modern feel. The infrastructure may require updating, as well, to increase energy efficiency,
conserve water and to support the contemporary fixtures and appliances.
Gilday Renovations is an award-winning home remodeling and design-build company serving Northwest D.C., Chevy Chase, Bethesda, and Potomac, as well as McLean and Arlington, Virginia.
9162 Brookville Road
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Kevin Gilday & Tom Gilday