Just for a Laugh
Had a contractor out to the house with the explicit purpose of quoting a price on restoring my 160+ year old chimneys. Even though there is some severe deterioration it is in a very (relatively) small part of just one of the three. Still he tried repeatedly to convince me to knock them down and replace with some pre-cut, cinder-block malarkey that would look ATROCIOUS in this house.
More than that, he kept pointing out things like the way the beams in the attic were run or sistered or the way the wood was laid and making all these little comments about how he can't believe the way they used to 'slap' these houses together.
Now mind you, this house was built pre 1848, is 3600 sq ft of brick, sits on a raised plot two levels up from the street, and when we checked the door frames there wasn't a single one out by more than an eight of an inch after all this time. The place is solid as a rock, level enough to shoot pool on the floor, and all this in spite of over 50 years uninhabited!
Finally he points to something and says "I would never run a beam like that" with this little smirk of disdain. Well I had enough. I just smiled and said, "Neither would anyone else building a house today. Of course THIS house has been here for almost two centuries and the piece of crap, $300,000, 1 year old townhouse I'm renting in will probably fall apart in ten. I don't think I'll need a quote after all."