[10 on Tuesday] 10 Ways to Weatherize Your Historic Home

Having a historic home can sometimes mean having a drafty home.  After all, the property is most likely 100+ years old, right?  Here are 10 awesome ways that you can weatherize your historic home.

Do you have any tips for weatherizing historic homes?  If so, pass them along!

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[10 on Tuesday] 10 Ways to Weatherize Your Historic Home.

 

River Mill, Wake Forest NC – Historic Condos

Notable Neighborhoods in Wake Forest NC – River Mill

River Mill Condos Wake Forest NCRiver Mill is one of the oldest manufacturing mills in North Carolina and has seen many transitions in it’s lifetime which has spanned the decades!  From the first recorded use in 1855 this mill has had many uses including granite mill, powder making factory during the Revolutionary War, paper mill, cotton mill and lastly an incredible restoration in the mid-80s turning the old mill into condos.

This 23 acre site bounded by the Neuse River and Falls Lake is rich in wildlife, tranquility, history and natural beauty.  The backdrop of the dam and falls provides natural beauty beyond compare.  There are three separate buildings that comprise River Mill; The Annex, The Mill and The Woods.  Opportunities are rare to own a condo within these buildings.

River Mill is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  Just a few of the amenities offered are shared flower and herb gardens, outdoor grills, gazebo, horseshoes, basketball goal, and plenty of parking!

For more information regarding these rare opportunities within River Mill please feel free to call me or simply send me an email – I would be delighted to help!  It is so easy for me to set up an alert should a unit become available – they go FAST!

Other Notable Neighborhoods in Wake Forest NC:

THERE IS CURRENTLY ONE HISTORIC CONDO FOR SALE!

This opportunity does not come along often so if you are interested please give me a call and we can get an appointment scheduled!

1500 RIVER MILL DRIVE
WAKE FOREST 27587
$ 197,000
2 BEDROOMS
2 FULL BATHROOMS
1 HALF BATHROOMS
934 SQUARE FEET (HEATED)
MLS # 1819953

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Wake Forest NC – This Place Matters!!

The National Trust for Historic Preservation’s campaign “This Place Matters” helps people protect, enhance, and enjoy the places that matter to them!  This campaign has helped to bring to light communities and locations that are important to us and preserving those locations for future generations.  For those of you that know me you know that historic homes and locations are near and dear to my heart as is the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  It makes me smile to see all of the photos and stories that flood into the site from people all around the country that have places near and dear to them.  This is what historic preservation is all about!

The Town of Wake Forest NC has begun it’s local campaign for “This Place Matters” and you can join in by sharing the historic places in Wake Forest NC that matter to YOU!  How can you participatte?  It’s easy – all you have to do is visit the Wake Forest NC This Place Matters campaign site and download your free “This Place Matters” sign.  Take a digital photo of yourself holding the sign at local residences, landmarks or other significant locations throughout Wake Forest NC that matter to you.  Submit your photo along with a short story as to why the location is important and meaningful to you to thisplacematters@wakeforestnc.gov.   All photo submissions with then be displayed in a slide show at http://www.wakeforestnc.gov/thisplacematters_photos.aspx

For more information regarding the local “This Place Matters” campaign you can contact Agnes Wanman at (919) 435-9516 or AWanman@wakeforestnc.gov.  For information on the National “This Place Matters” please visit the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Searching For Historic Homes in Wake Forest NC?

Wake Forest NC is rich with history and along with that comes gorgeous architecture that reflects a period in time when homes were showcases and masterpieces.  There is a diverse mixture of architectural styles in historic Wake Forest NC that range from Victorian to Georgian style.  The majority of the historic homes in Wake Forest have been lovingly cared for and kept up to standards with the Historic Guidelines set forth by the Wake Forest NC Historic Commission in conjunction with the N.C. State Historic Preservation Office.

If you are interested in exploring some of the historic homes for sale in Wake Forest NC you can check out a few of the offerings at the end of this post.  Also, for more information on the Historic Guidelines, historic home rehabilitation or Tax Credits that may be available I would like to point you to “What’s YOUR Circa?“.  There you can find a bevy of information to help you decide if a historic home is right for you!  You can easily search for information via the Categories on the right hand side of the blog and, as always, you can certainly email me with any questions that you may have!  Again, that link is What’s YOUR Circa?

In the meantime, here is a quick video with some examples of what you can find by way of historic homes in Wake Forest NC.  Don’t forget to peek below the video for some great historic homes for sale in Wake Forest NC!

 

  • circa 1901: 1350 sf, 3bd/1ba, $55,000.00
  • circa 1910: 1600 sf, 1bd/2.5ba $59,999.00
  • circa 1901: 714 sf, 1bd/1ba $70,000.00
  • circa 1909: 1158 sf, 3bd/1.5ba $113,900.00
  • circa 1901: 3822 sf, 4bd/6ba $225,000.00
  • circa 1840: 3870 sf, 5bd/4ba $275,000.00
  • circa 1920: 2827 sf, 3bd/2ba $397,000.00

Considering a Historic Home in Wake Forest NC? Become Familiar With a COA!

So you’ve just purchased that historic home in Wake Forest NC that you have always dreamed about or maybe you already own a historic home in Wake Forest NC – either way, a Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) is something that you should be familiar with.

What is a Certificate of Appropriateness?  A Certificate of Appropriateness is a permit that allows you physically alter exterior surfaces and areas within a Historic District.  A COA will most likely be issued when it has been determined that the proposed improvements conform with the overall historic character of the District.  You must obtain a COA PRIOR TO any work beginning.  A COA will have specific quidelines set forth to determine how the work will be done as well as set parameters to operate within.

For instance,  you want to paint your white historic home in Wake Forest NC a different color that perhaps you think will evoke a more Victorian “feel”.  Before you can do so you must apply for and receive a Certificate of Appropriateness.  Should you want to paint your home the SAME color then you would not need a COA.  (Always better to be safe though and call your local Historic Preservation Committee)

Some additional examples of what MAY not need a COA are:

  • Interior renovations or remodels that do not affect the exterior of the home.
  • Planting of shrubs, flower, trees

What is most important though are the types of work that DO need a Certificate of Appropriateness.  Here are a few examples:

  • Moving of a structure
  • Demolition of a structure
  • Conversion to handicap accessible
  • Fences, pools, tennis courts
  • ANY change to the roof line of the structure
  • any addition of an outlying building such as a shed or garage

Keep in mind that even if the scope of your future project does not entail a Building Permit you still need a Certificate of Appropriateness.

Again, for any specific questions regarding your City or Town it would be best to contact your Historic Preservation Committee.

While purchasing and owning a historic home is a wonderful achievement and a life long dream for many – it is best to remember that historic homeownership can be drastically different from that of non-historic homeownership.  Due to the delicate nature of these properties and their significant contribution to history they have to be handled with care which is why there are so many safeguards in place to ensure that they continue their legacy.

If you are currently searching for historic homes in Wake Forest NC please let me know!  There are quite a few currently listed and I would be happy to share their history with you.  You can reach me at 919.649.6128 or simply send me an email!  To discover more that Wake Forest NC has to offer you can visit:

Life in Wake Forest NC

Discover Wake Forest NC

Wake Forest House Chick

 

Historic Raleigh NC Post Office – circa 1878 – Help Keep It Open!

Here is one story that I will be following closely.  As a result of economic downturn as well less volume this historic Raleigh NC landmark is in jeopardy of closing.  Here is an excerpt from the ABC11 story.

RALEIGH (WTVD) — A downtown Raleigh landmark that has been in service continually for nearly 135 years is set to be shutdown.

The Century Post Office at the Federal Building on Fayetteville Street has been in operation since 1878 — it was actually the first post office built in the south following the Civil War.

Now, the US Postal Service says it wants to close the office in mid-July, citing a 20 percent decline in mail volume and lost revenue of $8.5 billion in the last two years.

You can read the full story here.    What are your thoughts on the potential closing of such a significant historic landmark here in Raleigh NC?

Richmond Run Drive, Raleigh NC – Magnificent Executive Home in Wakefield Plantation

Leesa Finley | Circa Properties | (919) 649-6128
12532 Richmond Run Drive, Raleigh, NC
Executive Wakefield Plantation home on Beautifully Landscaped Lot!
4BR/3+1BA Single Family House
offered at $849,900
Year Built 2001
Sq Footage 5,116
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms 3 full, 1 partial
Floors 2
Parking 3 Car garage
Lot Size .38 acres
HOA/Maint $28 per month

DESCRIPTION

Exceptional executive home located in golf community of Wakefield Plantation. Upgrades throughout this magnificent home allow for easy and upscale living. Meticulously manicured, fenced yard with extensive landscaping provides beautiful views and peace of mind.

Interior has wonderful floorplan that is conducive to everyday family life as well as entertaining. Open floorplan flows well from room to room. The kitchen has wonderful views into the family room and also has a breakfast area perfect for those meals on the go. Granite counter tops, stainless steel, top of the line appliances such as Viking, builtin wine rack and double ovens are just a few of the features that set this kitchen apart from all the others – complete convenience AND simply gorgeous.

There is so much to explore with 12532 Richmond Run – you won’t want to miss the incredible first floor master suite, sunroom, fitness room and MORE!

see additional photos below
PROPERTY FEATURES

- Central A/C - Central heat - Fireplace
- Walk-in closet - Hardwood floor - Family room
- Living room - Bonus/Rec room - Office/Den
- Dining room - Breakfast nook - Dishwasher
- Refrigerator - Stove/Oven - Microwave
- Granite countertop - Stainless steel appliances - Laundry area – inside
- Balcony, Deck, or Patio - Yard

COMMUNITY FEATURES

- Clubhouse - Swimming pool(s) - Tennis court(s)
- Golf course - Playground

OTHER SPECIAL FEATURES

- Sunroom
- Fitness Room
- Fenced Yard
- Double Stairs
ADDITIONAL PHOTOS


12532 Richmond Run

Kitchen

Family Room

Formal Dining Room

One Yard View

12532 Richmond Run
Contact info:
Leesa Finley
Circa Properties
(919) 649-6128
For sale by agent/broker

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Posted: May 8, 2011, 1:23pm PDT