People in the Historic Restoration Businesses
The following businesses are specialists in the field of historic restoration. With any business especially with those dealing with historic buildings – Let the Buyer Beware. Someone who loves working on old houses does not mean they know what they are doing. You really need to have some knowledge about your project before you contact someone so make sure you read this website. There are also technical publications for projects that are listed on my RESOURCES PAGE .
A specialist is extremely important for your house. Just like you would want to take your 90 year old grandmother to a specialist for her heart problems instead of a general practitioner.
We all know that it is difficult to find someone qualified. I really tried my best to list good qualified businesses but I cannot guarantee that. Contacting the business two times and give them no more than one week to respond. PLEASE if you do not get a reply or are not happy with anyone’s service, or the phone number is bad, send me an email and let me know .
Prices vary so don’t give up. I found one very good window restorer in NJ that charged $900 to restore one window and another that charges $3,000 for the same window ( I removed them from my list). If you know of someone that can be added to the list I would like to know that too. I really need your help to make this a valuable resource and would appreciate any feedback.
This is what you need to do:
There are FOUR listings of carpenters. The Old House Guy listing is #4. After searching these three lists, if you are still unable to find someone you will need to contact your State Historic Preservation Office as stated below.
Again, please let me know if you have any problem with anyone listed here.
Also check out the Old House Repair Cost Guide 2022
If you cannot find someone in your area:
The next step is to contact your State Historic Preservation Office http://ncshpo.org/directory/ . Ask them to send you a copy of their listing of qualified Historic Preservation Architects. (Please note there is a big difference between an Architect and a Historic Preservation Architect.)
Contact one of their recommended Preservation Architects and ask for a referral for someone qualified to perform the work you need.