30 People Who Own “Century Homes” Share What They Look Like And Their Most Interesting Discoveries In This Online Group
Have you ever pictured yourself living in a beautiful, time-honored house? Looking up its mysterious past, wondering about people who lived there, imagining scenarios that took place right there in the living room? If the answer is yes, there’s a perfect place on the internet that might let you vicariously live out your fantasies of owning a property that's shrouded in secrets.
Enter the subreddit called 'Century Homes', where history fans who value buildings that have reached or exceeded 100 years of age have a place to showcase these wonders. "We enjoy sharing stories and seeking advice to help us be great stewards of our historic homes," the moderators write in the description.
From breathtaking architecture to pleasantly surprising interior details, members of this online community invite us to admire the facades and take a walk inside their dwellings. We at Bored Panda have collected some of the most stunning and captivating pictures for you to appreciate, so continue scrolling and upvote your favorite ones!
Psst! If you’re interested in even more buildings that have withstood the test of time, check out our earlier post on the most interesting historical places spotted around the world.
My Homage To The Wallpapers We’ve Removed
Moved Into Our New Home This Week. Built In 1878
Estimates on square footage vary between 7 and 10k. My family and my sister's family bought it together so all 3 generations could be under one roof
The 'Century Homes' online community has been around for quite some time now. Created in 2011, this wholesome and helpful corner of Reddit has already amassed over 114K members at the time of writing.
The page has found the secret to success on the platform because it has become the perfect place for history and architecture lovers to ask for advice, share their insights, and have meaningful discussions about their passion — century-old homes. Many of the posts there provide clever and extremely useful renovation tips accompanied by stunning pictures of Victorian houses and intriguing objects left by the previous owners. Once you look at these images, it’s hardly surprising why the subreddit keeps on growing.
We Bought Our First Home, Built Around 1920, And Have Been Slowly Doing Some Work. But I Definitely Would Never Change Our Original Entryway Tile
Was Sorting Through Some Old Brick That Was Left Over From Our 1890’s Townhouse, And Came Across This
Buying a historic home can be a thrilling experience, and the moderators of the subreddit are open to hearing stories and tips from the owners who want to embrace the character of their beautifully crafted dwelling. While they ask to keep the posts related to century homes, they also understand that many systems found in buildings that are more than 100 years old may be found in newer homes as well. "For instance, if you have Hydronic Heat in your 50-year-old house — it is ok to post a question here," they wrote.
Another rule on the subreddit asks users to refrain from sharing excessive sales or self-promotion posts. However, you’re welcome to mention your blog/vlog as you work through renovations on your historic residence, "but MODs have the right to ask you to limit posts or have a cooldown time between posts."
Moreover, the subreddit has some great resources for those who are in the market, have just purchased, or are already living in a historic home. From contacts for replacement windows to contractors that specialize in century homes, be sure to check out their page if you need some guidance.
Just Closed On This 1920 Craftsman (?). In Great Shape. Just Needs Some Paint And Floor Refinishing Before Moving In
Spotted This Door Hardware On An 1880 Home For Sale In Ontario, Canada
While not everyone has the means to become a steward of a century-old home, that shouldn’t stop you from sharing your love for historic architecture with this online community. Maybe you stumbled upon a charming building while house hunting. Perhaps you know a gorgeous time-honored structure right there in your area. Both the moderators and the members of this online community enjoy admiring old homes from every corner of the world, so everyone is welcome to share their findings with the group.
We Found Some Cat Paw Prints In The Original Concrete In Our 116 Year Old Home
This Is Our House In Regional Victoria (Australia). We Are Slowly Restoring It To Its Former Glory
Saw This Sign In An Old House Today And Figured You Folks May Get A Kick Out Of It
For those exploring the possibility of buying a house, there is nothing more enticing than the chance to own a piece of history. After all, time-honored buildings can provide us with a tangible link with the past. And as you’re scrolling through this list, you’ll notice just how mesmerizing they look both outside and inside. You'll also probably realize how important it is to make them functional for future generations and save them before the bulldozer comes knocking.
Moved In 2 Months Ago. Decorated The Reception Hall In Our 1908 Home
Then And Now Of Our New (To Us) Home. Built In The 1870s, Scotland
Our 1885 Door That Needed Desperate Love. We’re Blown Away By The Finished Result!
If you wish to pursue living in one of these beauties, it might be daunting to know that restoring your little slice of history is far from a small undertaking. Dealing with old structures and building materials requires extra care and knowledge because old houses can sometimes be full of surprises. However, when a renovation is done right, all worries quickly fade away when you’re left with a dreamy home.
1925 Eastern Shore Farmhouse: Finally Tore Up Last Owner’s Kitchen Tile, And Look What We Found
We restored original wood floors throughout the house prior 10 years back, but this floor (and it’s condition) was a very welcome surprise.
Woodwork And Lighting In Our 1896 Tudor-Ish
Scott Sidler, owner of a historic restoration company and founder of The Craftsman Blog suggested taking the "house sandwich" approach to remodeling. "Start with the roof and make sure it’s not leaking, and after that, focus on the foundation to make sure it’s solid," Sidler told Apartment Therapy.
"It may be out of level, but as long as it isn’t continuing to settle, you’re good. Then focus on everything in between." That involves taking care of siding, windows, doors, and the interior. "After the envelope of the house is in good shape then you can move to the inside and take your time with remodels since you’ve got a protective shell," Sidler added.
One Of The Most Gosh Dang Beautiful Homes In The Area
Moreover, remember that purchasing and living in an old house is a commitment. "If you’re going to buy a historic house because you love the old wavy glass windows and the spirit of the floors, you must understand that you’re not going to be able to have some of the creature comforts that come with 21st century living," interior designer and architect Steven Gambrel told Curbed.
"I would do anything on earth to maintain that wavy glass in the windows, even if it means having a drafty room," Gambrel said. "I would just put on another sweater. But, if you’re not that person, then that’s not the right house for you."
Closing In A Month! 1932 Tudor, First Time Home Owners. Lots Of Work To Be Done But We’re So Excited!
The Staircase In My Parents 1890 Queen Anne Victorian Home (Illinois)
Our House Was Built In 1844 And Is On Our County's Underground Railroad Map. The Original Owners Were Abolitionists And Held Regular Meetings Here. The Tale From The Historical Society Is That This Capped Off Tunnel In The Basement Was For Escape. It Currently Goes Back 10-12 Feet
The original owners were abolitionists and held regular meetings here. The tale from the historical society is that this capped off tunnel in the basement was for escape. It currently goes back 10-12 feet.