With real estate prices around San Francisco shooting skyward to astronomical heights, more people are looking for opportunities for living in lower cost homes. One way that people are achieving this is by purchasing lower-cost “fixer-upper” homes and restoring them, and then either living in them or selling them for a profit. San Francisco is a city chock-full of exiting architectural history, but time can take its toll on once-great buildings. Luckily, when an individual with a passion for architecture and a desire to create something beautiful comes along, there’s still hope for the dilapidated Victorian or decaying Roman revival period home.
Fixer-uppers certainly aren’t for everyone; they require immense dedication, vision, time, hard work, and money. But the results of the transformation are often worth the pains of getting there. San Francisco has its fair share of beautiful Victorians, restored and otherwise, but one recent example of extreme renovation caught our eye on the East Coast, near Buffalo, NY. If there is one example of how much custom milled moulding can change a home for the better this would be it. A passionate individual with an artistic eye and a skillset to match took it upon himself to bring a vinyl-sided nightmare back to life. Though the home had been so heavily altered over the years that the original Victorian details had been lost for the ages, James Updegraph was able to transform the home he bought for just $16,000 into a Victorian masterpiece.
The San Francisco area probably hasn’t seen many Victorian homes that were this far gone, but the concept of restoring something to its original grandeur is still just as prevalent. If you’re working on a home renovation and attention to historical detail and exquisite aesthetics is important to you, consider working with a professional from The Moulding Company on designing and creating custom millwork for your project.