Isles PerchVictorian Living Room, Minneapolis
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The floor plan. Some homes — including colonials and Victorians — were built at a time when people preferred having many small rooms, rather than the open plan that has become popular today. And while knocking down a wall or two may not greatly impact your home's original character, trying to force a completely new layout on to your older home is not something to be taken lightly. Taking on a major whole-house remodeling project can be costly as well as labor and time intensive. If you choose to take on a bigger remodeling project, seek out a pro with extensive experience working with older homes in the same style as yours.Find an architect or a builder near you
2. Case it out. In a home with traditional details, it works well to case out an opening with painted wood trim. The trim may be the same size as your typical door and window casing, or it may be larger to reflect the larger scale of the opening.