Work on historical buildings usually involves two different approaches; restoration, and historically sensitive adaptation.
Restoration is rather straightforward in concept
if not in practise, referring to the process of returning a building, or some portion of it back to the original condition that existed when it was first built, or at some other point of significance in it's history.
. . . Undoing the ravages of time, as it were, whether it be deterioration due to exposure to the elements, ill-conceived "improvements", fire, vandalism, etc, at Nichols Construction, we have the ability, through our "in house" talent, or relationships with or skilled craftsmen, to address all of your older home and building's needs, including but not limited to . . .
matching historical siding and moulding profiles
creating cast reproductions of existing architectural elements
period appropriate masonry and tile-work
leaded glass repairs and reproductions
historically appropriate color schemes
Historically sensitive adaptation, on the other hand, is the process of adapting a home or building to meet a current need, or set of needs, but doing so in a way that is reflective, and honoring of it's history and architectural style. The historically sensitive adaptation, or renovation makes use of all the skills and strategies used in a restoration, but uses them in the service of meeting a modern day need. Creating a modern day kitchen that fits in an 1880s Victorian era home, or making a new emergency egress look at home in a 175 year old church are but two of many examples of an historically sensitive adaptation that you will find on the pages of the site.
The beauty of older homes never ceases to amaze us. We will work with you to preserve the historic charm of your home during the remodeling process.