Do’s and Don’ts of Refurbishing a Historic Home in Knoxville, TN

 

Knoxville, Tennessee is an area rich with history and beautiful homes; it’s why refurbishing a historic home in Knoxville is a trend gaining in popularity. From its beginnings as a jewel on the bridge from the east to the Midwest to its role in the Civil War, and now its present-day status as one of America’s most underrated cities, Knoxville has endured continually as one of the best places to live in America.

And there’s no better time to get in on its historic home market. While the most famous historic homes in Knoxville are all tourist attractions, there are still dozens of old houses with a century’s worth of history on the market in Knoxville, TN. Some of the most famous include the big eight of the Ramsey House, the Bleak House, the James Park House, the Craighead-Jackson House, the Alexander Bishop House, Greystone, Westwood and Crescent Bend.

 

NOW Might Be the Perfect Time to Invest in Knoxville Real Estate

According to the Redfin Corporation, there are over 17 houses on the market in Knoxville that were built before 1900, ranging in value from $30K to $700K. That may not sound like a lot, but if you expand the list to include houses that were recently sold, that figure jumps to 40.

Expand your construction year to 1940 or earlier, and that figure jumps to 350 homes, 129 of which are still on the market. So, as you can see, there is plenty of opportunity in the Knoxville historic residential home market –  but you’ll have to act fast if you want to get in on it.

Once you’re invested in the Knoxville historic home market, you’ll find that these old houses need a little work in order to be comfortably livable. You definitely want to preserve the character of the place, but you also want to spruce it up to fit your needs. So how should you go about refurbishing a historic home in Knoxville? Here are some simple rules of thumbs to follow.

 

DO Paint Textured Areas like Wood Floors and Brick

One of the best features of historic properties is the straight-out-of-the-period, trapped-in-time texture in their floors and walls. Nothing screams history like old wood and brick, but the hands of time do also tend to fade these features as they have endured through the decades. A fresh stain on wood or a new coat of paint on brick walls can help to refresh the original colors of these surfaces and breathe back the life that decades of sun and wear have sapped away. As this can be a tedious task, it’s recommended to consult with a local professional to get the job done right.

 

DON’T Wait to Evaluate and Update Your Heating and Electrical Systems

One of the few downsides to buying historic homes is that their HVAC and electrical systems are often quite old, too. As with any newly-acquired real estate investment, you’ll want to get a professional appraisal of your systems regardless of if you plan to upgrade them, but you’ll for sure want to bring your heating and electrical systems into the modern times. Make the change; it’s not an insult to history to make your house comfortable to live in.

 

DO Update the Bathroom

Similar to your heating and electric, you’re going to want to get your plumbing appraised, too. Many home experts recommend prioritizing the bathroom when investing in home improvements since functionality and comfort are imperative to what you’re doing in there. An old home can look great with modern bathroom amenities incorporated into its structure. Gather some inspiration before consulting with an interior designer.

 

DON’T Chafe at Replacing Old Windows

Old windows are a really cool feature of historic homes. Unfortunately, window technology has come a long way in the past 50 years, so they’re often the least energy-efficient, too. Old windows with cracks or improper seal can leak air like crazy and cost you a ton in energy costs when heating or cooling your house. Replace the windows; it won’t ruin the historic window frames.

You can get help at local Knoxville home improvement stores like Window World of Knoxville, Champion Windows and Home Exteriors, or Window Works.

 

DO Rejuvenate the Kitchen

Keep to the character of the home but spruce up your kitchen to make it something that works for you. Blending the new with the old creates stunning looks that can really open up the space. Make it your own. And before you move in, be sure to evaluate the appliances. You may need to budget for upgrading kitchen appliances.

 

DON’T Wash Over the History of the House with Your Design

This all being said, when refurbishing a historic home in Knoxville, pay respect to the history of your home’s details when designing. You’ve got an antique treasure on your hands; your improvements should only serve to enhance its livability and uniqueness, not wash over it. It’s also important to become familiar with the design guidelines for the designated historic area that you’re located in.

 

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Easy Green Home Upgrades to Make Before Listing Your Home

 

No matter what time of year it is, there are reasons we want or need to sell our home. Before listing your home for sale, we have some hot tips on clean, easy green home upgrades that might help you sell your home faster. And if you and your potential buyers feel better about the planet, that’s a win-win.

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A 101 Guide to Planning and Designing a Kitchen Remodel

 

Remodeling any part of your home is daunting. While some areas, like your garden or yard, might be easier to revamp by using tools like an electric lawn mower, designing a kitchen remodel can be an intimidating task. That’s due to the overwhelming number of choices available, even if you simply want to update countertops and cabinets to refresh the style.

Before calling in a professional or beginning work yourself, you should consider the many different elements that make up a kitchen. Keep track of your ‘must haves’ and dislikes while planning. Doing so will set the foundations for design aspirations and help avoid building your dream kitchen from turning into a nightmare.

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New Jersey Home Renovation Trends for 2018

 

Times are changing in the housing market. With the speed of modern looks and personality, homes are starting to be remodeled left and right. The thought slips in your head once, and then you look around your house and notice all of these sections that can be updated dramatically. Now, it’s time to gain inspiration and take action! By breaking down the New Jersey home renovation trends for 2018, we help you gather some great ideas that are personal and in style.

These trends will be grabbed all over New Jersey. Places like Andover, North Plainfield, Pennsauken, Springfield, and Stanhope are either already ahead of the curve, or soon to jump on. Here are our New Jersey home renovation trends of 2018!

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How to Shrink Wrap Furniture and Hard-to-Pack Household Items

 

Knowing how to shrink wrap furniture and awkward items can save you a lot of hassle during a move. Shrink wrap can keep household items secure and protected. It saves you from worrying about damage and dirt, and it helps keep loose things like wires and drawers in place.

Better yet, shrinkwrap, when appropriately done won’t stick to your furniture or leave ugly marks. Unlike tape, it doesn’t have an adhesive backing. It sticks to itself, and that’s it! Continue reading “How to Shrink Wrap Furniture and Hard-to-Pack Household Items”

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Going Green | Home Remodels that Add Value and Comfort

 

Are you faced with either moving to downsize or remodeling to age in place? Maybe your family is outgrowing your home but you’re in the town’s top school district. Every year millions of Americans are faced with the choice to remodel or move.

Deciding which is right for you can be difficult. However, if going green and healthy living appeals to you, a green home remodel might just be the answer you’re looking for. Continue reading “Going Green | Home Remodels that Add Value and Comfort”

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Home Renovation Survival Guide

 

Home renovations are notorious for being stressful. Whether you’re taking on a large project like a historic house or “just” remodeling your kitchen, home renovations can challenge your relationships, budget, and sense of sanity.

However, it is possible to cut down on the stress and conflict of a home renovation. Here are some tips to help you manage a renovation with fewer headaches and more joy.

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Home Remodel | How To Keep Cat Safety in Mind

There’s no denying, moving is stressful. It is stressful for people, and it causes stress in cats. Moving is so stressful that many homeowners decide to stay put and renovate. Keeping cat safety in mind during a home remodel will be at the top of your list whether your remodeling plans include creating a cat-friendly home, replacing drafty windows, or something more extensive.

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How to Organize your Home on a Budget

After browsing home improvement magazines or websites like Pinterest, you may find yourself wishing you had an extra month’s income to make your home picture-perfect. You don’t have to abandon your organized dream home completely, though. Even with a small budget, you can create a place you love living. Continue reading “How to Organize your Home on a Budget”

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Kitchen Remodel: How to Pay Less for Appliances

 

We have all heard the saying, “They don’t make ‘em the way they used to,” and that has never been truer than for appliances.If you are planning a kitchen remodel, how to pay less for appliances is no doubt at the top of your list.

Anyone who has purchased more than one appliance in their lifetime understands this harsh new reality. What used to last for 25+ years now lasts for 12 years, maybe. If you’re lucky.  Continue reading “Kitchen Remodel: How to Pay Less for Appliances”

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Craft Storage: How Self Storage Can Help You Create

If you are passionate about crafting, you’ve probably experienced first hand how quickly your work space can go from clean to cluttered. Crafting utilizes many different types of objects, which can make craft storage at home a challenge. Add small children or pets to the equation, and you may choose to opt for offsite craft storage.

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5 Tips for DIY Home Storage

 

Decluttering before guests arrive, tackling spring cleaning or a visit from an outspoken friend or relative can inspire you to finally get everything organized and stored properly. While self storage is a great option for some, you may also decide to find enough space for home storage without ever leaving the hosue. If you choose to “do it yourself,” keep in mind the following 5 tips to increase your chances of success.
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8 Unusual Things to do with Cardboard Moving Boxes

 

There are more than 101 things to do with cardboard boxes, and besides building an actual skyscraper or luxury ocean liner, almost anything can be made out of a moving box. From napkin rings and picture frames to castles, airplanes, and rocket ships, it would appear that when it comes to cardboard, inventions range from the sublimely simple to museum-worthy art pieces.

The Imagination Foundation’s Cardboard Challenge invites the world to play with cardboard and build anything they can dream up. With 46 participating countries and almost 500 events in the United States alone, thousands of children around the world have the opportunity to bring their ideas to life with their cardboard creations. Here are a few humble ideas for a day of play with your moving boxes that will offer a welcome respite from the stress of moving. Continue reading “8 Unusual Things to do with Cardboard Moving Boxes”

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3 Simple Home Staging Tips to Help Sell Your House

According to top Realtors across the country, home staging is the key to selling a home. Moving season is here again; maybe it’s the warmer weather and the fact that the future looks brighter now that the sun isn’t hiding behind gray clouds.

One of the most important things you can do to sell your home quickly and for the highest possible price is to understand the value of staging. Getting a full-price offer within a reasonable amount of time is every homeowner’s dream.
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Create Moving Box Masterpieces | Fun, Affordable Entertainment For All

 

Just build it, and they will come! Which is exactly what happens if you end up building with a large moving box.

Youth and science organizations have caught on to the universal appeal of playing with cardboard moving boxes, and are engaging kids of all ages to create cardboard masterpieces that include everything from boats and rocket ships to life-size chess pieces and palaces.

Watching this short documentary video about Caine’s Arcade. The an 11-minute short documentary film by Nirvan Mullick released on April 9, 2012, that featured a cardboard arcade created by then 9-year-old Caine Monroy out of boxes and everyday objects.

To date, the Imagination Foundation has 750+ global participants in 77 countries and partners with Google and Disney. The organization’s annual Cardboard Challenge began in 2013, after discovering this video posted on YouTube.

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3 Time Saving Post-Holiday Tips to Declutter Any Home

 

The decorations are put away, and the new diet has begun. With a renewed commitment to the gym and perhaps a few moments to reflect on the past 12 months, January is the time of year to make that infamous list called “New Year’s Resolutions.”

Even if you don’t believe in resetting your resolutions every year, clearing out the clutter is worth putting on your to-do list. Maybe you got some really cool presents you want to show off. Perhaps you have a tortured relationship with “stuff.” Maybe you’re married to the King or Queen of Clutter.

It’s not too late to get a head start on the New Year and begin clearing out the untidiness that might otherwise undermine your best efforts to begin anew. Here are three timesaving tips to help declutter your home.

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5 Fun Things to do with Moving Boxes After the Move

After all the expenses and hard work of orchestrating a move, are you ready for a little fun? How about something that gives your pocketbook a break? Before getting rid of that pile of moving boxes in the corner of your family room get in touch with your inner child, and give the kids something inexpensive to play with that offers hours of entertainment.

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