|HISTORIC HOME DESIGN & INTERIOR DESIGN FOR HISTORIC HOMES
Making Modern Spaces out of Historic Places
Green living and historic preservation go hand in hand! Recycling an old building is often more earth friendly than constructing a new one and older homes offer a level of detail and craftsmanship seldom found today.
No matter if your home is Colonial, Georgian, Victorian, Spanish, Italianate, Arts and Crafts, Mission style, or mid-century modern you should take the time to do your research and gather all the facts before formulating a plan.
• Consult the United States, Secretary of the Interior’s “Standards for Rehabilitation”. This document outlines ten significant requirements that pertain to all historic buildings (not just houses) and should be the basis for any historic project strategy.
• Join your local Architecture Preservation or Historic Conservation group. Being an active member of your local preservation community will put you together with like minded people and appropriate resources.
• You may be eligible for property tax credits if you meet certain requirements in the preservation of your property. Contact the National Park Service, Technical Preservation Services or your state’s historic preservation office to request a brochure and tax application.
• Consult with a professional. Having an experienced, preservation minded architect or interior designer can have a great impact on the success of a rehabilitation project. Tasteful integration of technology and modern amenities is integral to a well preserved, high functioning historic home.
Award winning interior designer and LEED AP, Sarah Barnard specializes in historic preservation and is an active member of the Los Angeles and Santa Monica Conservancies. Ms. Barnard recently chaired “Santa Monica Landscapes” a historic home garden tour and is coordinating a historic holiday home tour for the Heritage Square Museum that will open December 2009.