Restoring a Home Using Old Ways of Craftsmanship and a Mix of Modern and Old Materials

I like the old way of doing things. It is better quality for a lot of things. Do not get me wrong, I understand that modern technology can produce some incredible products. I like the old way in making things that last. You can make a microwave that lasts for decades, but most people only get a couple years out of the ones that sit on a countertop. I bought some bulbs years ago that were made to last a decade and they did. I like old craftsmanship of homes with real hardwood floors, original orange county shutters and big old wraparound porches. There is not much in the way of plastic, laminates or modern textiles, adhesives or other stuff, but the workmanship still stands in the materials built to last.

Did you know that cars actually last longer now than they ever did before? You would be like a lottery winner to get a 100,000 miles out of a car in the 1970s. Now it is no big deal to even buy a used car with that much mileage. However, a lot of stuff is made cheaply and are designed to be throwaways. Things such as small gas-powered weed trimmers, printers and other stuff. I do not like that. We used a lot of modern materials in our home in the country, but we chose only top quality. We redid the basement in materials that are 100 percent waterproof from the ceiling to the walls and the floors. Then on the next floor up we just restored the old oak floor that has been in the house for almost a hundred years.

We added wood shutters on the inside of the home to eliminate the old bulky drapes that were on all of the windows. We have rugs, but we got rid of all the wall-to-wall carpeting. The house looks like it is new and stuck in time from the early 1900s, but it has been restored with many modern materials and technology. We have satellite and Wi-Fi. The windows look antique, but they are modern efficiency glass built to last. The old way of craftsmanship is great when you can find it in new products.