“Old Florida Charm” Homes with lots of History in Sarasota, Venice, and Punta Gorda
Step back in Time! Historic in age and timeless in architectural inspiration – the Sarasota, Venice, and Punta Gorda area is home to a variety of beautifully restored historic homes. Some “Old Florida Style” homes are from late 1800; most are from early 1900. If you would love to own a historic home, don’t miss out on all the opportunities available in this beautiful area on the West Coast of Florida.
Some of those homes still have the original hardwood flooring which the owners once installed. They still have stone fireplaces and the traditional molding in place. However, the last owners upgraded most homes completely to make them salable; that means improved not only from an electrical and plumbing standpoint. New electrical panels and wiring or plumbing is a “must,” otherwise they would not pass the inspection and who would want to buy such a mess?.
There are historic homes to buy in the Sarasota, Charlotte, and Manatee County area, which are in many different stages of upgrading. From almost original to completely remodeled and modernized – everything is possible.
Historic Homes in all stages of remodeling
Some homes have only the “historic Shell” left, and everything else is modern. Others are through and through “historic” and need (a lot of) attention. It all depends on what you have in mind. Roll up “them” sleeves and get to work. But don’t expect it to be an easy job. If you are an “inexperienced handyman” or a square peg in a round hole, you better look for an easier project. Remodeling a historic building requires a lot of knowledge and “fingerspitzengefuhl.” It can become nerve wrecking when you are running into problem after problem.
Stay on your budget. But how can you do it?
Staying on a budget is a tough business. You never know what you will find out when you remove the ceiling or a wall. When your intention is to remodel an older home, you will almost certainly open a can of worms.
Are you happy about the new bathroom vanity you got for a good price? Excellent, enjoy the day. But that does not necessarily mean that this is the end of the story. Maybe you have to replace the plumbing in the wall, too; maybe you have to destroy the drywall to get there. It can go on and on. Buying that vanity was probably the easy part.
We know what we are talking about
Been there done that. We remodeled an older home which we had inherited. That was still while we lived in Germany. We estimated a 12-month timeline. Because we still had our regular jobs, we could only do the work in our spare time or at night. It took us almost two long and exhausting years to get it done. But budget-wise we exceeded our set target by more than 20%. That was not even our first project, but you never know what to expect when you remodel an old house.
A rewarding “challenge.”
Nevertheless, if you know what you are doing and you like remodeling and the challenges that come with it, you will be rewarded with a lovely and extraordinary home in the end. You do not have to live in one of those boring “cookie cutter home” offered in new communities. Don’t you like surprises or “challenges”? There is still another avenue you can take. Buy a historic home that somebody else remodeled or hire a contractor who can handle the job.
“Experience is what you got when you didn’t get what you wanted. And experience is often the most valuable thing you have to offer.” Randy Pausch
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