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Remodeling an old house

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Before you begin work, you need a plan, remodeling a historic neighborhood is not easy. The present layout of the house may not make the best use of available space, and you may need to remove some walls and erect others. You’ll probably have to replace appliances, and having a grasp of your space limitations will help you choose the right ones. Moreover, you may want to incorporate an existing feature, such as a hardwood floor or turn-of-the-century staircase, into your overall design scheme. Your budget may limit the extent to which you can make changes, but you may also be constrained by structural issues with the house.
An old house is likely to have settled, and you may find signs of this in cracked walls, doors that don’t work properly and slanted floors. Moreover, if the roof leaks, or has leaked in the past, an examination of the wall studs or floor joists may reveal extensive rot. You can fix many of these problems, but it often means demolition. You may lose a feature such as an old plaster wall or a prized hardwood floor, and that could lead to the need to rebuild with contemporary materials, such as new drywall or flooring. Don’t forget to obtain the necessary permits from your local building department.
Plumbing and electrical standards have changed greatly over the years, and the systems in older houses rarely conform to code. Your electrical remodel should begin with replacing the main panel and all out-of-date wiring and electrical fixtures, such as outlets and switches. Not only will your house be safer, your lights and appliances will work better. Many older homes have galvanized steel water pipes, and you should replace these with copper. If the galvanized pipes haven’t corroded and developed blockages that restrict water flow, they probably soon will, which is why plumbers rarely use them for residential water lines anymore.

#dojowheels wins German Design Award

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Finally we can tell everyone…
… #dojowheels won the GERMAN DESIGN AWARD in the category ‘Excellent Communications Design – Interior Architecture’.
Time for beer and sausages.