Assessing and prioritizing a building’s needs, planning for work, hiring and supervising contractors, and then maintaining the systems of the building in a good serviceable condition is part of a systematic process. The first step is a conditions assessment performed by an architectural historian or qualified historic preservationist. The systems of the building and causes of deterioration are identified, historically appropriate treatments are specified, the work is prioritized, and a construction budget is generated.
About the author
Ward Hamilton is a recognized expert in historic preservation and the owner of Olde Mohawk Historic Preservation. He provides consulting and contracting services to clients in Greater Boston and throughout New England.