Nicole Curtis goes into each of her rehab projects with the thought of “what do I have to work with” at the forefront of her mind. When asked if every house can be salvaged, Nicole emphatically says no. “Anytime something can be mass produced, the quality goes down.” The majority of homes built after 1960 were not built to stand the test of time, however, every old house is salvageable: “If it’s lasted 100 years, trust that with a bit of upkeep it’ll last 100 more.”
If you are planning your own renovation project, the first step is to write a list! “Most of the time, homeowners jump in without planning and end up running out of money and most importantly energy before they finish.” Her top tip, always fix what’s broken first and then move on to what you just don’t like. She also encourages you to get at least 5 bids for each section of the work. Next, think like Nicole and use what you have already, but update it with modern amenities. Finally, use as many real materials as you can, like natural wood and stone. They will last much longer than their manufactured counterparts.
We asked Nicole if she has a favorite project: “No, that’s like asking a parent to pick a favorite child. Each one of my projects is unique and beloved, some cost me more wrinkles than others, but all hold a special place for me.”
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