[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.

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

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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?

Another Historic Gold Coast Estate Falls by the Wayside

Lands End - Melville, NY

The Estate that is rumored to be the inspiration for the classic novel “The Great Gatsby” is slated for demolition later this month.  While many attempts were made to sell the estate there was little to no interest given the amount of additional funds that would have been required to restore the property.

By Emily C. Dooley  Newsday

MELVILLE, N.Y. — The once-grand white house watches over Long Island Sound from the tip of Sands Point, its days numbered.

Lands End, the 25-room Colonial Revival mansion that local lore says was F. Scott Fitzgerald’s inspiration for Daisy Buchanan’s home in “The Great Gatsby” faces demolition this month.

In the 1920s and ’30s, Winston Churchill, the Marx Brothers and Ethel Barrymore attended parties there. Fitzgerald was perched on the back deck, drinking in the view. Rooms featured marble, parquet and wide wood-planked floors, Palladian windows and hand-painted wallpaper.

Now, the front door is off its hinges, wood floors have been torn up for salvage, windows are missing and the two-story Doric columns are unsteady.

Sands Point Village in January approved plans to raze the house and divide the site into lots for five custom homes starting at $10 million each.

Lands End is the latest Gold Coast estate to fall. With each demolition, the North Shore loses more of its gilded past, when sea breezes and social events attracted the rich and famous. Historians say hundreds of the mansions have been lost in the past 50 years as owners faced increasing taxes and high maintenance costs.

“The cost to renovate these things is just so overwhelming that people aren’t interested in it,” said Clifford Fetner, president of Jaco Builders in Hauppauge, N.Y., and Lands End project construction manager. “The value of the property is the land.”

Please continue to “Gatsby” Place Joins Doomed Mansions list by Emily C. Dooley to read her article in it’s entirety.

Historic River Mill Condo for Sale!

It is rare that a unit in historic River Mill becomes available and when they do – DON’T BLINK or they are snatched up! Well, not only is there a historic condo available it is absolutely gorgeous with a completely remodeled kitchen that has stainless steel appliances, granite countertops and beautiful cabinetry, a remodeled bath with granite counters and a custom, granite tile shower, dramatic 13′ ceilings with exposed beams and floor to ceiling windows that allows the light to bounce artfully off of the exposed stone walls.  But guess what?  It gets better!

THIS UNIT IS RIVERSIDE! Yes, you can wake up every morning to scenic views of the river and be lulled to sleep every night by the gentle sounds of the river flowing gently past.

Some particulars are:

  • circa 1854
  • one bedroom/one bath
  • 615 square feet
  • hardwood floors
  • exposed stone
  • new HVAC/compressor in ’10

You can certainly gain a perspective of the incredibly rich history of the mill at River Mill, Wake Forest NC – Live In History! For more information on this available unit please feel free to email me or call me at 919-649-6128 – I would love to answer any questions you may have!