Author: Maureen Torres

Design/Build USA Services In Historic Preservation

Architecture is life itself taking form the greatest glory of a building is not in its stones nor its gold. Its glory is in its Age.A properly planned and designed project lends itself to satisfactory development. Our reports make it easy to assess budgetary needs, regulatory and architectural issues. The needs, requirements, and potential of the subject property for development as a viable historic preservation project can be best evaluated with these reports in hand.

In our restorations, we strive to authentically recover the form and details of a building and its grounds as it appeared in a particular period of time. This may involve the careful removal of later work or the replacement of missing earlier work.

Rehabilitating a building or property returns it to a state of utility by means of repair or alteration which makes possible an efficient contemporary use while preserving those sections or features which are significant to its historical, architectural and cultural values.

Reconstruction is actually a type of new construction in which we can reproduce the exact form and detail of a vanished building, structure or object ( or a part thereof), as it appeared at a specific period of time.

Buildings are constructed of materials that deteriorate, yet this can be controlled and limited if the components are protected and maintained. Maintenance saves valuable time and dollars by minimizing the need for future costly repairs, which may result in replacing original parts. Preserving historic fabric keeps the building’s historic integrity intact and pertinent to the true historic landscape.

Preservation Maintenance Planning
Identifying treatment options and applying solutions to problem areas is our speciality. We can provide you with a Preservation Maintenance Plan so that your maintenance staff or ours can keep your buildings in top condition. This allows you as the owner or steward to control your building rather than react to its deterioration.

Period Log House Restoration circa 1837

Some barns can be retrofitted to meet the needs of modern day agriculture. Structural changes and mechanical upgrades are made to accommodate new equipment and technologies. Other barns undergo complete and creative transformations. These buildings find new life as homes, businesses, community centers or cultural institutions. These adaptive uses or retrofits not only lengthen a barn’s life, they also provide the community with visual links to their agricultural past.

The true artist breathes a life and soul, which is beauty, into the dead utilitarian materials, stone and wood, and they speak a language that is understood as readily as that of animate nature.

By way of neglect, age or in the path of development, many a building’s useful service life ends for the present owner. Preservation Trades catalogues and deconstructs historic buildings for immediate use or later re-erection. We also inventory structural and non structural architectural salvage for reuse.Nonstructural deconstruction involves the removal for salvage/reuse of any building contents that are not a part of or whose removal is not dependent on the structural integrity of the building. This category includes finish flooring, wainscot, windows, doors, trim, fixtures, hardware and fireplace mantels.

Look to the towered chimnies which should be the wind-pipes of hospitalitie

In May 2001, Preservation Trades participated in the First Annual Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA) Conference in Chicago. Important discussions centered on the valuable role energy efficiency plays in improving system reliability, contributing to environmental compliance and abating high end-use energy bills.

Energy efficiency is practically non-existent in most older buildings. Upgrades of some of the following systems and products enhance the property’s indoor air quality, control indoor moisture and condensation, increase its energy efficiency, lower energy bills and generally increase the level of comfort and security.

Wall Sconce with CFL

If Edison could have invented the Compact Fluorescent Lightbulb (CFL) in 1867, he would have.
The Edison bulb, still in use today wastes 90% of the energy it consumes in heat. Only 10% is used for light. The opposite holds true for the CFL and they use 75% less electricity. Additionally, the CFL lifespan is about 10,000 hours compared to 750 hours for a standard bulb. That is approximately 13 times longer.

Ye shall know them by their works

These buildings can be re-erected on your foundation at any site within the USA. Barns are typically Gable or Gambrel roof styles, the timber frames are either hand-hewn (early settlement) or mill sawn. Hand cut or field limestone or sandstone are foundation materials. Prices depend on the extent of services and can run from $25 to $40 per square foot for the frame alone. Wood species range from hardwoods (oak, beech, elm, chestnut, poplar) to softwoods ( white pine, longleaf heart pine, hemlock, tamarack)