Joesph Ketner Construction

Historic Restoration Services

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Portland's Historic Siding Experts

Do you have an older home and need to make some upgrades, but want to make sure your contractor has experience with historic homes? Look no further. Joseph Ketner Construction specializes in historic home remodeling and exterior renovation projects and has beautifully restored many homes in the Irvington and Beaumont Wilshire historic districts of Portland.

These projects require design review and rebuilding original craftsman details. Historic houses have a charm and character that newer homes just can’t compete with. Joseph Ketner understands the need to maintain the integrity of your older home while giving in the TLC it needs. You bought an older home for a reason, and with older homes there can be modification challenges. We will listen to your concerns and create a personalized plan of action for addressing them.

Check out the gallery to see some of our past historic home projects.

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Historic Restoration Facts

Historic restoration is the practice of maintaining a property and keeping it in its natural condition as it was built. Restoring a property takes time and effort, and a lot of research about the building you are set on restoring. Everything must follow the same time setting, or time scheme, even if adding more modern appliances such as in bathroom remodeling. Depending on how big your project is, you should consider acquiring an exterior design consultation, or an in-home consultation. This will ensure the property is properly maintained.

National Trust for Historic Preservation

The National Trust for Historic Preservation is an organization established in 1949 that aims to protect historic properties, as well as provide consultations as to how to maintain these properties yourself. They also buy historic properties with the intent to restore them and take care of a historic landmark. This organization is a nonprofit and maintains their properties through membership dues, sales and grants. They target historic neighborhoods, structures, or other areas worth preserving and either buy the property or advise the owner how to properly maintain their historic property.

Maintaining a Property

Proper maintenance is integral in keeping your historic property in proper order. While this may mean interior remodeling, it is important to keep the historic quality. This means replacing the older components of your property with newer components of the same type that would be available in the time period of the structure. Similarly, if you are replacing a staircase with a more modern elevator to make the property handicap accessible, you must follow certain restrictions to only put in an elevator that fits with the rest of the historic aspect, not a sleek, modern model of elevator.

Replacing Components

While striving to keep a property as accurately historic as possible, it is sometimes necessary to replace parts of the property such as windows, doors, or even parts of the foundation under your property. You can do the research on your property and oversee the installation and process yourself, or hire a professional to come in. This is where the National Trust for Historic Preservation will come in. They will evaluate your property and then advise any contractors you hire what they can and cannot do to the property. This ensures that the historic integrity of your property will be maintained and that the problem is being adequately fixed.

Exterior Design

While most properties are preserved because of the house or structure on the property, sometimes the property will be preserved because of the natural world that is on that property. Whether this subject is a particularly rare species of trees that are growing on your property, or a historic sight in history, this too can need maintenance. Restoring a subject from the natural world is a bit more difficult, and requires very intensive care. A specialist is usually always required.

Maintaining and restoring a historic property requires a lot of time and effort put into the project. However, if you feel you are in over your head, then you can always enlist the help of a specialist. Restoration needs to be precise and completely accurate to the time period it is maintaining. Preserving historic parts of our world is necessary to keep our history alive.

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Joseph Ketner Construction
3515 NE 43rd Ave
Portland, OR 97213