We're rehabbing an 1888 Queen Anne. It was in "interim protected status" when we bought it. It was partially gutted, with freeze damage, so all the radiators had burst. In other words, conventional financing was impossible. Not only that, but there was the morass of three mortgages on the property, so it was a short-sale as well. The only offer on the property was from a developer who was going to tear it down. He pulled out when the house was placed in interim protection status, and we put in an offer. An architect nearby wanted it, other folks wanted the house, but nobody could pull it together. It had been on the market for 1.5 years and the only potential buyer with the means to buy was going to tear it down.
The house is now in the heritage program for our city and the exterior cannot be altered. It's 3 stories, 4700 sq. ft. and we (mostly me) will be doing the vast majority of the work ourselves. The next project on the docket is jacking up the East side of the house, excavating the Plattville limestone foundation, and putting in new footings and a block wall foundation. I won't be doing this part. This will alter the exterior, but the city is ok with that, as the house has settled 7-9 inches on the East side and left the house substantially compromised and difficult to rehab.
The interior was 5 apartments at one point, so part of putting the interior back together means $4,500.00 in millwork and attempts at stain matching, ton's of flooring work, rewiring, finding appropriate lighting, removing extra walls and closets. There are many, many projects we'll be embarking on to restore an aesthetic integrity to the interior and exterior.
We just bought a built-in hutch from the same period as our house, with a patina that matches the original trim, and architectural detail that matches our staircase. This hutch will be going between the kitchen and dining room. That spot used have a second set of stairs, originally.
I think if KHT is going to invest hundreds of thousands of dollars rehabbing the property, then opening up a wall to have a family room off the kitchen is a fair exchange, in my opinion (if that's what they choose to do).
Our house originally had an 1888 kitchen, whatever that was, along with a second set of stairs between the kitchen and dining room. Those stairs are long gone, and had we not found the hutch, I would've reconfigured the wall between the kitchen and dining room to open it up a little bit in there. We certainly won't be working on restoring the kitchen to it's 1888 roots.
I'll attempt to define a bad interior remodel to a circa 1900 house : http://www.edinarealty.com/homes-for-sa ... 9229/popup