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Renovating Historic Homes: 2 Challenges

While we often talk about new home construction at Hebert Design/Build, that doesn't mean we won't work on older homes, including those with "historic" designations.
 
Often, these homes have been in the same family for generations, so it's a great honor to work on them. But they do have unique challenges, two of which we're bringing up here. If you're thinking about buying a historic home, or if you know someone who owns one and is thinking of renovating in 2018, be sure to share this with them.
 
Challenge #1: Plan for longer lead times.
If you have a historic home, you could easily add another three to six months to your planning time.
 
Why?
 
Because if you're doing an addition or a major exterior renovation, you have to go through the local commission and get approval. And sometimes it can get even more complicated than that.
 
For example, on a project we did last year, we had to go through the local commission. Then, we had to go through the   state  commission, because there were flood issues. In fact, the rules had changed enough that the local building inspectors didn't know what to do. They had to inquire about interpretation of the rules. It was quite a process to get what we wanted, and, of course, it added time to the schedule.
 
Challenge #2: Beware of wiring.
The other thing you need to keep in mind regarding older homes is wiring. Any time you're doing projects in a historic home, you're probably going to run into some old wiring. You want to expose and eliminate as much of the old wiring as possible. Most people don't realize it's there, and in some cases, it can be very dangerous.
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Tags: home renovation tips, Remodeling RI

New Home Renovation Tips: When Should You Move In?

Congrats! You just bought a new home, one you're excited to renovate and make your own. Here's a question: when should you move in? Should you renovate first…or wait?

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Tags: home improvement, design build, Remodeling RI

3 Hot Trends in Home Renovation for 2016

We hope your 2016 is off to a great start and that you got through the storm just fine. (Of course, if your home ever suffers any damage, be sure to keep our insurance restoration services in mind.)
 
To kick off the new year, we're sharing three hot trends in home renovation. Let's get to it...
 
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Tags: design build, Remodeling RI

The Best of 2015 from Hebert Design/Build

Before we ring in 2016, it's important to reflect on the last 12 months. To that end, we've created our "best of 2015" list below...at least, in regards to what's been viewed the most on our website.

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Kitchen Remodeling RI: The Trend towards Open Shelving

Shelves and cabinetry are an essential element of any kitchen design. When you're renovating a kitchen, the decisions you make about the shelves will set the tone for the rest of the room.

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Tags: kitchen design, kitchen remodeling, Remodeling RI

4 Quick, Fun Bathroom Ideas for the Kids

The bathroom does not need to be a boring place, especially when you're designing one for kids. Think beyond basic white and channel your inner child! And check out the ideas below for added inspiration.

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Tags: bathroom renovations, Remodeling RI

Bathroom Ideas: 7 Tips for Choosing Lighting

What is the most important thing in the bathroom? It might be tempting to say the toilet or the shower, and those would both be good answers, but there may be a better one. The best answer to that question may well be the lighting.

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Bathroom Remodeling RI: What's Hot in 2014

In Rhode Island, life is just a little bit more relaxed. Maybe it is the fresh, ocean air. Whatever it is, bathroom remodeling in RI reflects this nature. If you are considering bathroom remodeling in the ocean state (or anyplace else, for that matter), take a look at these hot trends for bathroom design in 2014.

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Kitchen Remodeling RI: What's Trending in 2014

Kitchen Remodeling RI: What's Trending in 2014

Kitchen remodeling is one of the most popular choices for homeowners who want to improve their day-to-day lives. The modern kitchen is the nerve center of the home. In the 60s, the basement was king. In the 70s, it was the rec room. Now, the kitchen has become the all-purpose space.

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7 Energy-Saving Tips for Fall from Green Builders Who Get It

As green builders, we're always thinking about ways to design and build energy-efficient homes. But there's lots we can do in our existing homes to conserve energy. Here are some tips as we head into the fall and winter. (Note: we talked about energy efficient cooling tips back in the summer. You can access that post here.)

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Tags: green builders, rhode island home builders, Remodeling RI