Remember that awesome old door knob in The Walking Dead intro? I remodeled a cute little house on Pacific Street in Cape several years ago with that exact same door hardware. Cast iron tubs with those cool ornate claw feet? … butler’s pantries? … real hardwood floors? … decorative concave/convex windows? … or fireplaces with amazing mantels & those unique little marble tiles? I love blending modern style & amenities with the unique character of homes built in the early 1900’s. Older homes tend to have certain characteristics & features indicative of the era in which they were built.
You don’t have to buy a 100 year old house in order to exploit eye catching design elements, you just need to know how to spot potential in older homes… what to look for and what to look past. This post on BetweenNapsOnThePorch does a great job of pointing out some of those one-of-a-kind elements that can be preserved during a home renovation. I’ve also included a post from Zillow that focuses more on envisioning how a dated home could look after addressing various cosmetic improvements.