Charm and character are in high demand from home buyers these days, but a lot of them still want the low maintenance aspect of a newer home. Residing in Richmond, inspiration for adding that old home charm is everywhere you look. Historic homes are kind of our thing. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to add those “original” feel features to a new space. The first way is to hire a custom home builder to create a space specific to your taste. Because they don’t build from a pre-planned spec, they can work with you to add those special touches just the way you want them. But, if you don’t have the time or budget for a custom home there are features you can easily add to your new build abode to make them feel older and more unique.
So if you want (or already have) all the benefits of contemporary living but prefer an old-home feel, we have some tips on adding those architectural details to give a new house lots of character.
Install Architectural Molding
Built-in decorative features are guaranteed fixes to cookie cutter homes. Crown molding, ceiling coffers, baseboards, chair rails, transoms, cornice molding, wainscoting and recessed panels all give new homes loads of vintage charm.
Change Out Cabinet Pulls
Antique houses for sure weren’t outfitted with brushed nickel and acrylic. So, if you want that old feel, switch them out. In your kitchen and bathroom, consider using glass knobs which became popular in homes in the early 1900s due to the lack of metal from the Great Depression. To carry the look throughout your home, do the same with your door knobs, desk drawer handles, and dresser pulls.
Address Your Staircase
Upgrade Your Light Switch and Outlet Plates
This one’s such an easy fix. Get rid of those plain white covers and give them all your switch plates and outlet covers a new look. Search for nickel and brass finishes to stay era-appropriate. You can check antique shops if you want the real deal, but there are plenty of reproduction pieces that work as well.
Switch Up Your Light Fixtures
Add Character to Your Entrances
Remove those boring entry doors with no pizzazz and consider options with things like transom windows, dental moldings, or even Dutch doors. Continue the old world feel with bronze or antiqued hardware and a beautiful stain or pop of color to finish it off.