Some families pass down their land and home from generation to generation. You may find a house that was built centuries ago still being home to modern day families. Of course, to some extent, time affects the condition of the house, and since it has been in the family for generations, it would be irrational to tear it down and build another. So, most people or families opt for renovation. This ensures that the general structure of the house remains, hence preserving the natural heritage. This can be done in various ways. It is advisable to seek professional help when it comes to renovating such a structure. It requires a certain level of sensitivity; otherwise, a small mistake could be detrimental to its existence. Plan well in advance. Research and consult widely on the modes of improvement and how to go about it. Also, research on the experts you would like to hire. Have a brainstorming meeting and let them know the history and condition of the house. Expenses are bound to be there. Do not, in the spirit of cost cutting go for substandard material. They might end up costing you much more than what you were trying to save on. Make use of the contractor you have hired to undertake the work. Interestingly, they possess a wealth of information on the best products and where to get them for a good price.