What Should I be Asking?
We bought a 138 y/o home that is in pretty good shape for something that has been essentially uninhabited for over half a century. It has been a lifelong dream of mine to RESTORE not remodel an historic home and this place fits the bill, having been built by one of the first settling families in the area. I recognize that there are many things beyond my capabilities and plan to undertake a lot of careful learning and planning in order to do this correctly.
To that end we are having a consultant who works on historic restorations come and do a 'game plan' of the needs for this house before we begin any work. His name is Michael Gioulis and comes pretty highly recommended by some companies that have done large-scale restorations of historic districts and such in the region.
I wondered if anyone here has ever worked with Mr. Gioulis, and if so what was your experience; but mostly I want to know what would you ask? We will be doing a top-to-bottom inspection of the home and I want to be sure to tap him for the correct information. Some things are obvious but I don't want to miss the opportunity to ask something that with my dearth of experience hasn't occurred to me.