Historic Building Restoration, Preservation, and Renovation
Historic building renovations focus on restoration and preservation, bringing historic buildings back to their former states of glory, producing renovated structures designed to respect, retain, and restore the building's original historic character for future generations’ enjoyment, like Pearl Bay’s historic restoration remodel of the church roof shown here.
Since Historic Building Conservation is more about fostering a deep appreciation for famous structures and why they exist, rather than just keeping historic structures standing tall and looking as beautiful as ever, true historic building preservation aims for a high level of authenticity, accurately replicating historic materials and techniques as much as possible, ideally using modern techniques only in a concealed manner where they will not compromise the historic character of the structure's appearance.
The first step in any historic renovation, especially one involving both remodeling and historic restoration, is researching the structure's history, looking particularly for old photographs, floor plans, and other documentation which can help the historic renovation to stay true to history.
In some cases, where research determines parts of a building have been changed or destroyed, it may be appropriate to restore the structure to its original designs, reversing alterations for structures which have been substantially altered since built.