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Question DetailsAsked on 7/29/2013

Are there contractors that specialize in older homes?

I have a finished basement with old ceiling tiles that need to be replaced (not a drop ceiling) needing to be replaced. House was built in the 40s. Are there companies that deal specifically with older homes?

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There are contractors that specialize in older home rehabilitation and remodels, as well as ones that specialize in historic preservation. I don't really see that applies in this case - your house is not that old, and you are talking ceiling replacement, not rehabilitation.

What I think you need is testing of the tiles to see if they are asbestos containing (likely are, if acoustic tiles), then if they are, find an asbestos abatement contractor to remove them and certify the area as asbestos free. Then a regular contractor can come in and do whatever you wanted to replace them with.

Or, if you don't want to deal with contractors yourself, get a general contractor to handle all the trades that might be needed for you - getting one specializing in remodels.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD


Yes, there are contractors that specialize in old (>100 years) homes. My company, Second Century Homes, renovates and updates homes for their second century of service in Baltimore. We apply historic preservation techniques and methodologies to maximize the home's value and comfort.

For a example, your current ceiling tiles may not be authentic. Your house may have had a tin ceiling installed when built. We would research the neighborhood and perhaps the builder or architect to see what they probably would have specified in their original plans, and then suggest options to you for replacing the tiles.

Best wishes for success in restoring your house.

Answered 6 years ago by Second Century Homes

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