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Replica "Historical Homes" with modern amenities

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Several years back I remember reading that a new trend taking hold was building homes that replicated the historical style and feel of older 1700 to late 1800's homes.  Some of the builders were even going so far as to build "historical communities" that had the look and feel of yester-year.  But the homes had all the modern conveniences, plumbing, wiring, insulation, etc of a modern home.  They were being built from the ground up rather than moving renovated hulks to new lots.

Does anyone recall or have information on these builders, or any articles that referenced this topic? 

I don't know if many of these builders have gone belly up in the last few years or not, but I'm interested in exploring the possibilities a little further.

Thanks in advance for any information.


Hasn't this been going on, (post #202846, reply #1 of 4)

Hasn't this been going on, like, forever?  The Greeks put flutes in their columns to hide the joints in the wood, then reproduced the flutes in stone.

Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity over humanity, nothing exceeds most of the criticisms made on the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well-warmed, and well-fed.  --Herman Melville

Haahhaah...Yes. It has been (post #202846, reply #2 of 4)

Haahhaah...Yes. It has been going on forever. But these builders were a little different. Instead of taking styling cues, they were building homes that looked like original old homes from the ground up.  Huge hearth fireplaces that actually burn wood, correct entry ways, plank flooring, hidden outlets, hidden entertainment centers behind bookcases, etc.

I think that Fine Homebuilding had an article on one of these builders if I recall.  Could also have been on MSN home several years back too.

Like this you (post #202846, reply #3 of 4)

Like this you mean?

Florida Licensed Building Contractor, 50 years experience in commercial remodeling, new homes, home remodeling and repairs and all types building maintenance.

Okay...Found it!  Here's the (post #202846, reply #4 of 4)

Okay...Found it!  Here's the link in case anyone was watching this section.

Anyway, not sure how old that link was or when I saw it...i think a few years back though.