Vintage Home Features That Deserve a Comeback
It’s too bad we’ve abandoned many distinctive home features to history because they definitely had their function. With our team of pros, you can actually install these useful features in your home no matter its age. We can work with you to design your ideal renovation. Get to know these unique vintage home features that should have never gone out of style.
So, you like carrying those heavy laundry baskets filled with heavy quilts and denim jeans up and down your stairs? No? Save your back and don’t risk tripping on your steps by installing an old-fashioned laundry chute from your upper to your lower level. You can easily send laundry from upstairs bedrooms down to your laundry room. You’ll still have to carry the items upstairs, but at least they’ll be freshly laundered and ready for use.
Dutch doors were popular during the 18th century. In fact, you’ve probably seen them in some master paintings from the era. The Dutch door is one that’s split horizontally at its center. You can install these as barrier doors to the outside so you can keep your pets in while allowing the upper door to circulate fresh air, or you can install an interior Dutch door to separate your kitchen from your mud room or laundry room, for example.
Farmhouse or apron-front sinks are beginning to enjoy a comeback–but once it’s understood how useful they are, they might become more popular still. These sinks feature large basins that are ideal for washing large pots and pans as well as other items. Their exposed fronts mean that users don’t have to lean over as far to use the sink–and that’s good news for your back. Their vintage look can also enhance different aesthetics ranging from farmhouse styles to industrial chic.
Picture Rail Moulding
Like to change your art or family photos often? Consider installing rail moulding. It was popular during the 18th and 19th centuries. Rather than hammer into plaster and risk it crumbling, people could hang their pictures from the special moulding. By installing it today, you can easily change your art without having to drill more holes into your walls.
Wrought Iron Gates
PVC is useful, but it sure does lack the style that wrought iron brings to a home and garden. Wrought iron, popular during the 19th and early 20th century, is a durable material that is known for its strength and beauty. This type of fencing can be unobtrusive to the landscape while providing a barrier and it can even be a support for climbing plants. These attractive gates and fences can complement a wide array of decorative styles.
Keep these ideas in mind as you contemplate your next home renovation or weekend project. Other vintage ideas you might consider include ceiling medallions, dumb waiters, sleeping porches, butcher block counters, claw foot tubs, wood-burning stove, and barn doors. Talk to us about your renovation. We can help!