|Living in an old house, (ours is from 1903) can be very exciting. And it can be exciting in a good way and a bad way. Good is that older homes offer a special character which cannot be found in a new house. It can offer a lot of history connected to local events, which is nice to research further.
The “bad” side is that older homes have higher maintenance costs, they need repairs, paint and have often higher heating costs, as insulation is not easy to add, without destroying much of the historic looks.
I once wrote about the old hotels on Campobello, the Tyn-y-Mae and the Tyn-y-Coed. They were built in the early 1880s but were soon abandoned as tourism declined around 1905. After that time the hotels remained standing but soon fell into disrepair. Those buildings were huge wooden structures as it was common many places in those days. One day a fire ravaged one of the old buildings destroying it badly. Shortly after WWII both buildings were removed, the building materials being “recycled” into private homes across Campobello Island.
Two old hotels on Campobello
After we had purchased our house we had to renovate the old building as it had been standing empty for 3 years. So we happened to have a close look at everything which seemed of historic value.
Surprise #4: All door and window trim came from the hotels as well. The very same trim can actually be seen in the addition to the 1897-built FDR-Cottage.