Restoring an Antique Home Can Be Rewarding, But Do Your Homework
Updated: Jun 5, 2019
Father and son Peter and Travis Gulick (along with Travis's son, Jackson) of Gulick & Co. in front of their office in the 1733 Phineas Meigs House in Madison.
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It all starts in the basement,” Travis says. In simple terms: You need to know what’s “rot” and what’s not when it comes to those beams holding the weight of the “world” on their shoulders.
Restoring a historic home to its former glory certainly speaks to the heart. Who, we wonder, once lived within those walls? What stories they would have to tell, if only we could ask them. It’s fun to let your imagination run wild, but there’s also a lot to ponder before embarking on a restoration project. Meet father and son Peter and Travis Gulick of Gulick & Co. in Madison. Peter has been restoring, renovating and preserving antique homes for more than 30 years and has even won an award from the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation for his rehabilitation of the 1720 David Field House in Madison. Travis, who has a degree in historic preservation from Savannah College of Art and Design, recently filmed a pilot for HGTV called Former Glory with wife Felicia that documented the company’s renovation of a home in Guilford. Here are their thoughts on a few things to consider if you’ve got your eye on a home with history.