Renovating an Old Structure for Modern Use

Remodeling a place is one of the best ways to contribute to the environment. Construction hurts nature twice – with the sourcing of new materials and the building of the new one. Many chemicals and elements such as wood and stone are taken and thrown away, making it one of the most wasteful ways of man. But with renovating an old structure, owners are able to re-purpose something that exists into something that is productive. Unknown to many, it is also one of the ways to own something at a much more affordable cost. But above all it is, in essence, an act that truly respects heritage and culture above anything else.

How does one go about renovating an old structure? Read on:

1.Check the structure before anything else.

As much as saving the planet is a corner stone of remodeling, owners must check first the integrity of the structure. Older structures have withstood the test of time but have also endured most calamities that may make them more prone to wreckage. Prevent this by having engineers look at the foundation as well as its pipes for plumbing and wiring for electricity.

Test as well for pests or other underlying problems to prevent accidents down the road. Prior to beautifying work, start with the structures first and ensure that no ceiling or doors will go unhinged on anyone.

According to, these are some of the items to look out for when checking:

  • Testing of concrete for ascertaining the compressive strength
  • Sampling and testing of subsoil
  • Chemical analysis of subsoil water
  • X ray diffraction tests on concrete
  • Hammer or ultrasonic tests on concrete
  • Load tests
  • Permeability tests
  • Vibration studies

1.Check the paper work.

To fully enjoy a place, make it completely legal by asking for all the paperwork. Compared to a new place, acquiring an old structure together with its land may be cheaper, but it is also just as challenging. Make sure to run everything with a lawyer to prevent tax problems or ownership issues down the line.

2.Respect the design.

One of the reasons anyone would choose an old structure is because of its inherent beauty and the design it came with from the era it was built. Instead of working against it, embrace the place’s inner retro – work around its design whether it was Victorian or old deco.

This is the best way to prevent the place from looking incoherent.

3.Turn it into something else

Old structures can go from churches to schools to museums and libraries. New owners should know that they need not be stuck with it as it is. These structures can be remodeled for another use such as a place of residence and even as another place of leisure such as a mall, a hotel, or a restaurant.

Bringing these places into life as another place makes it all the more commercially viable as people love nostalgia. They literally fall in love with places with history. So embrace it for all its worth and enjoy the process of putting new life to an old place just as anyone should.

If you plan to renovate an old property in South East Brisbane or Redlands, contact 4sk Constructions and Renovations.