1. Get the Right Help. Enlist a design professional with historic rehab experience. Not all projects are the same and those with historical requirements will benefit from a designer that has the experience in this area.
2. Do Your Homework. Research your property's history and any improvements previous owners have done on the property from the beginning until the present. It's important to know any previous alterations that could affect the work you are going to be doing now.
3. Share Your Knowledge. Document any prior work to the home with pictures and written evidence so you are able to share the information with your partners on the project, as well as with any official entities that need to approve the work.
4. Get Approval. Find out from local authorities which approvals are necessary for you to move ahead. Do this BEFORE beginning the rehab process. That way you can avoid additional expenses and delays that come from starting before you know all the requirements or when you'll have the approval to move forward.
5. Record the Process. Document the process with pictures and written evidence to ensure that you can easily refer to it and prove what you have done to improve or restore the property. Also keep all the official requirements as well. You will never regret keeping track of everything--and neither will the future owners of your home!
Inspired by article written by Chick McBrien, CSI, CDT and Regional Manager of Architectural For Marvin Windows and Doors for Victorian Homes Magazine Summer 2017 Issue