How to Preserve the Charm of Your Long Beach Historic Home

Many people love older, historic homes and it’s easy to see why. There is a charm to them that you just can’t find in newer homes. But it’s not unusual for the home to need some updates and maintenance.  So, how do you maintain the historic charm while improving a home’s functionality? 

Prior to Your Renovation

Before you begin your renovations on a home in a historic district, it’s important to note that for any exterior modifications, you’ll need to obtain a “certificate of appropriateness” from the city. And if you’re doing something major, it must be approved by the Cultural Heritage Commission. Many of the city’s historic districts have design guidelines, which you can find online at the city website.

Hire an Expert

When choosing a contractor to work on your vintage home, be sure to do your homework. You don’t want just any contractor working on your historic home, you’ll want to hire a contractor who has a credible background in updating old homes. Old homes come with old home problems, and working with a contractor that knows how to navigate those common problems will save you headaches down the line. Before you hire a contractor, look at reviews and make sure they’re licensed.

Spanish-style home features in Long Beach, California.

Things to Consider

One of the biggest mistakes to steer clear of when renovating your historic home is implementing trendy improvements, rather than timeless ones. To maintain the character of the home, choose replacement materials that are similar to the original style of the home or appropriate to the time period it was built in. Repurposing original elements is another option that is environmentally friendly and easier on your wallet. 

It’s common knowledge that kitchens and bathrooms are usually the first spaces to get remodeled in a home. However, these are the two spaces you need to be the most careful with because they tend to have a lot of original fixtures and hardware that add character.

Here are some features we recommend keeping or restoring throughout your historic home:

  • Original wood flooring
  • Cabinetry
  • Windows
  • Sinks and Tubs

Luckily, Long Beach knows a thing or two about historical architecture. There are 18 designated Long Beach historic districts so when it comes to historical home rehabilitation, there are plenty of experts who can help you get the ball rolling. If you need a referral, give us a call at 562.896.2456 or fill out the form below. 

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About the Author

Shannon Jones has been selling real estate since 1998 and specializes in listing and marketing homes. She has consistently been one of the top Realtors in the Long Beach area. Prior to her award-winning career in real estate with the Shannon jones Team, Shannon has had successful careers in journalism and public relations. She holds a bachelors degree from UC Irvine and a masters degree from UC Berkeley. Shannon holds E-Pro, CDPE (Certified Distressed Property Expert), and PSC (Pre-Foreclosure Specialist) certifications. Shannon is very personable and maintains a very strong moral compass, always putting the best interest of home buyers/sellers above monetary goals. A California native, Shannon enjoys gardening, travel, reading, cooking and poker when she’s not selling homes MY DESIGNATIONS Lic# 01247705 | CDPE (Certified Distressed Property Expert) | E-Pro | PSC (Pre-Foreclosure Specialist) MY SERVICE AREAS Anaheim Bellflower Buena Park Carson Cerritos Cypress Downey Fountain Valley Garden Grove Huntington Beach La Palma Lakewood Long Beach Los Alamitos Los Angeles County Norwalk Orange County Rossmoor San Pedro Seal Beach Signal Hill South Bay Westminster