Restoring a Historic Building

If you live in a historic home that needs updating, or your office is in a building that could best be described as “vintage,” it’s important to know what you’re getting into before you begin any restoration project. Historic buildings have charm, character and history. But they can also come with a host of other problems, from outdated plumbing and electrical wiring, to difficult-to-replace windows. This can make estimating the construction cost difficult.


Not only that, there can often be red tape to navigate before making any major changes. If your building is located in a designated historic neighborhood or listed on the National Register of Historic Places, there can be a long list of rules and regulations you need to adhere to when making any updates. It can all be overwhelming if you aren’t experienced with historic restoration.


You can save yourself a lot of headaches by hiring a company like Preferred Construction Management that is experienced in working on historic remodeling projects. We’re familiar with a lot of the common issues that crop up on these types of remodels and know how to budget for the unique challenges that historic properties often present. We are also experienced with how remodeling can impact historical details on your building and take great care to maintain the historic integrity of significant architectural elements during the planning process.


The team at Preferred Construction Management knows how to work with code enforcement officials to make sure your property is up to code before undertaking any updates. We are experienced when it comes to handling the structural preservation requirements and historic protections designations that often are tied to historic buildings. We can also advise you on issues you may need to address on your historic property, such as how to mitigate asbestos and lead paint in your building.


One thing we know for sure is that you can expect at least one unexpected issue to arise when it comes to working on a historic property. We have many years of experience when it comes to construction cost estimating and can help you set a budget that is realistic and has flexibility built in to handle these types of issues without going over budget. Once the budget is locked in, we can use our CPM scheduling system to come up with a timeline that is realistic to complete all the necessary work, as well as handle all the project tracking.


We can also recommend contractors that we’ve worked with before who specialize in remodeling historic buildings. Hiring folks experienced with the challenges of historic buildings can be key, especially when it comes to tasks like rewiring an electrical system that hasn’t been updated in half a century or reconfiguring an outdated plumbing system.


Preferred Construction Management has the knowledge and expertise to help plan your project to bring your historic building back to its original glory, while also incorporating modern amenities and standards during the restoration process. Give us a call at (973) 853-6060 and let us know how we can help you with your project.