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Over the last 10 years interest in restoring the old houses of Dignowity Hill has increased as urban pioneers have discovered the historical character of the neighborhood.   Restoring an old house is not for the faint of heart but if you have an interest in historic preservation, you like old houses, and have a vision for bringing back to life an old house or building, the reward is unbelievably immense. The reality is that you need to have an appreciation for the hard work that goes into the planning and execution of a restoration project. The planning piece can be fun but it does require attention to detail. You need to get educated on building codes and permits.  If you acquire a property in an historic district then you have to be prepared to deal with design guidelines for historic districts. On a more practical matter, you need to know what you're getting yourself into in terms of the property you're buying and restoring. Does the house have good "bones"? Is the foundation failing? Does the roofing need to be replaced? Will you contract the project out or will you be your own contractor?  Do you need the services of an architect?  How will you finance the project? Can the structure be insured?  These are some of the many questions that need to be answered as part of the decision and planning process. A good recommendation to follow is to develop a restoration or rehab plan that includes the scope of the restoration of the property, an inspection of the building to assess any damage or failing systems and a realistic budget.  Having a written scope of work is critical especially when working with the local historic preservation office and to meet design guidelines for historic districts. Pictured here are some examples recent restoration projections in Dignowity Hill.

Written By Juan A Garcia


A few before-after pictures

Work in Progress

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Work in Progress on Hays Street

Work in Progress on N. Pine Street