Though the exterior aspects of a historic structure are often its most prominent and recognizable features, the interior can be even more important in conveying the building’s history and its significance over various time periods.
The interior restoration of historic buildings often begins with structural stabilization. It is not unusual to find that load-bearing walls have been moved, or interior structural elements have been compromised due to moisture or shifting of the building. It is necessary to identify the causes of these problems prior to performing the actual stabilization work, as the work can be for naught if the undiscovered problems continue to plague the structure.
Once the structure is sound, one can assess the various spaces for overall significance and the important architectural features and finishes one wishes to keep or restore. Proper assessment, compatible materials, skill of workmanship, and dedication of the artisans to their craft are all equally important to interior restoration. The dedication, skill and integrity of artisans is particularly important in structural work, historic painting and plaster, and some other types of finish work. Many of these interior restoration processes have very specific steps and timeframes which must be carefully followed in order to produce a quality similar to the original. Skipping steps or rushing timeframes can result in a poor or weakened finish. Integrity through the entire process from assessment to finish is a cornerstone of Durable Restoration.
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