Park City’s Old Town is one of Park City’s most sought after neighborhoods. Nestled between Park City Mountain, Deer Valley Resort and Historic Main Street the area is known for the historic miner’s cabins that line the street in a variety of vibrant colors.
Many of these miner’s cabins have been remodeled over the years, but regulations put in place to protect Park City’s heritage have kept the overall look of the neighborhood similar to what one might have seen in the late 1800s to early 1900s. Fortunately, the renovations tend to provide for slightly more comfortable living accommodations along with modern finishes and amenities.
The Lange Group’s own Katy Patterson recently underwent the process of purchasing and renovating one such property after realizing the potential in the neighborhood. Katy talked through the process and gave us a better understanding of what to expect if you have considered purchasing and renovating a home in Park City.
When considering a remodel of a historic home, you must be prepared for the unknown. Building codes in the late 1800s to early 1900s were a little less stringent that what we know today. In Katy’s experience, once they got into the home and started the work they ended up going deeper with the renovation than originally anticipated.
They had planned on completing cosmetic updates to the home built in 1890 but ended up taking the interior to the studs, adding insulation, a new furnace, and electrical system. From there, they re-textured the walls, painted, added new floors, moved a wall to create an open concept and gutted the bathroom taking it from a single vanity with a tub/shower combo to a double vanity with a Euro-glass shower. To finish the project they designed a new layout for the kitchen, added new counter tops, appliances, a water heater, and a water softener. The finished project is charming while maintaining the integrity of the home’s original footprint.
Part of the fun in the project was what they uncovered during demolition including 5-6 layers of wallpaper from previous owners and a pair of both women’s and baby’s shoes under the home from the early 1890s.
In Katy’s case, she and her husband Ryan managed the majority of the project themselves. While time-consuming, it was rewarding and an incredible learning experience. Ryan has a few buddies who are general contractors and subcontractors, which helped the process. Katy and Ryan recommend putting in as much sweat equity as you can if you are hoping to complete your renovation on a budget. They also recommend meeting with Park City Municipal as much as possible and reading all of the historic guidelines posted on their website before getting started.
If you aren’t quite that handy or perhaps don’t have the patience to wade through Park City Municipal’s historic guidelines they suggest hiring an architect and general contractor to do the dirty work.
Is a historic Park City remodel in your future? Ask yourself these questions to help you decide:
- What is your budget?
- How flexible is your budget?
- What is the desired outcome?
- Are you interested in a complete remodel or will you keep the home’s original footprint?
- Are you capable/interested in handling the work yourself?
- Are you comfortable with the Park City Municipal historic preservation guidelines?
Let us know if we can help you identify some potential candidates for a historic Park City remodel.