Jacksonville is full of beautiful structures that thrived centuries ago. While new construction has its perks, there’s just something romantic about antiquated structures. From historic homes in Avondale to seemingly abandoned structures downtown, all you need is a vision and determination to transform an older building. The ARC team values the unique aspects of historic buildings and the desire to modernize certain areas. Here’s your go-to guide on transforming your investment without losing the character traits you love:
Accentuate Unique Architecture Features
What the building lacks in high ceilings and smart technology, it makes up for in elaborate molding and arched doorways. Think back to why you purchased the residential or commercial space in the first place. Whatever drew you in should remain a focal point in your final design.
Use color blocking paint and complementing decor to draw the eye to your favorite design aspects. Take advantage of the high quality design benefits of older buildings — they often trump the quality of newer construction structures.
Pay Homage to the Construction Period
Research tile, paint color and decor trends of the decade in which your house was built. We aren’t encouraging you to go all-out throwback with your design, but it’s always wise to blend the old with the new.
Great ways to modernize your structure without losing its historic draw include vintage artwork, preserved tile and the addition of carpet in the bathrooms. (We’re completely kidding about the carpeted bathrooms. That’s a trend we never want to see again!)
Start with the Windows, Roof and Structural Components
We know how tempting it is to make the kitchen renovation your #1 priority. We hate to break it to you, but the first portion of your budget should go toward practical updates. Work with the ARC professionals to check for water damage, foundation issues and required mortal repairs.
We’ll work with you to preserve old features, like wavy custom windows. There are many ways to update your home or commercial building without removing the most important design aspects.
Partner with a Team Locals Trust to Renovate Historic Structures
We work with property owners all around Florida to update without losing the important design aspects. You can count on us to bring your property into the twenty-first century while maintaining the historic charm that makes it so special. When you work with us, you experience the difference that decades of combined expertise in construction bring to your project.