Anything between 'don't touch a thing' and 'tear it down'?
While on the old house forum, it seems that many people don't want to touch any features of an older home, no matter how much it might improve the use of the home. On the building a new home forum, the answer seems to be tear it down and start over. Is there anything in between?
I thought I'd try this forum, to see if there's anything between restoration and demolition.
We have an older farmhouse, original part built in 1904, addition put on in the 1950s. The original part of the home is a front to back gable, with a large bedroom/attic upstairs, a cellar below, and a bath and porch...that are now pulling away from the original structure.
The addition is in better shape. Added to the 'right side' of the house, it's a living room with fireplace, bedroom and bath behind, with an attic above and a family room (with second fireplace) and bedroom in the basement.
Here's a picture of the current floor plan and a drawing of the proposed remodel. (Each square = 2 feet, but for some reason the first picture looks smaller, after going through my scanner.)
I'm still in the planning process and definitely want to open up the kitchen to other spaces. We live on a farm, so storage is important...that's why we have the big pantry and mud room. The porch and bathrooms need to be rebuilt, but the rest of the house is in pretty good shape. We are choosing to keep the smaller floor plan, with all new electrical, plumbing, HVAC, and structural repairs, rather than adding on a big addition. We want this home to last another 100 years :)
Thank you for any input or suggestions. Hopefully, there will be something other than 'don't touch a thing' and 'tear it down' :)