But one look at the kitchen, and you know they're both wrong. Pinpointing a home's birthday may be difficult. Rooms are added, additions built, roofs raised, and porches redesigned.Written records of construction and renovation may be confusing and conflicting. Abraham Lincoln's Home in Springfield, Illinois is a good example—it started out as a one-story Greek Revival style. Department of Interior shows you how to determine the distinctive character of an old building. "Character-defining elements," says the Brief, "include the overall shape of the building, its materials, craftsmanship, decorative details, interior spaces and features, as well as the various aspects of its site and environment."2.
Deciding to get used to the idea ourselves before telling them, our first month together was spent having secret lunch dates at the Terrace and ‘watching films’ in one of our rooms.
However, one thing I learnt from all this, is that you can’t keep from the people you live with.
Over the years, the value usually climbs at a steady pace.
An abrupt increase often means that new construction occurred.
Their memories might be faint, but someone may have an old photograph, a bill, or written correspondence that will help place your house in time.6. The tax roll for your home is located at your local City Hall, Town Hall, County Courthouse, or municipal building.
This document will list each person who owned your property, and the value of the property.
Unless you have personally witnessed the construction, your house could be any age. To make sense of it all and verify your instincts, you need to be an architecture sleuth. Every building has its own identity displayed inside and out. Try to identify the architectural style of your house.
Look at the shape of the roof and the placement of the windows.
The real estate lady says the house was built in 1972.
The man down the street remembers when your house was being built in 1952.
Laboratories can analyze the age of these elements and pick apart layers of paint. Department of Interior is a primer for the pros, but also a handy guide for the curious homeowner or conscientious realtor.4. If your house is very old, the title or property deed may not list all owners.