Style Q&A: After Hours Farm
Keeping the charm in an 1860’s farmhouse
How did you choose the hardware featured in this project? What attracted you to Nostalgic Warehouse?
We were so excited to see that Nostalgic Warehouse offered almost the same knobs that we originally had in our house. Instead of using the old broken knobs, we wanted a product we knew would last another 100 years in our home. (And those long backplates, come on!! They’re the perfect traditional/modern feel we were looking for.) Sean is a sucker for the quality of how things feel, and he was sold as soon as he picked up the hardware I picked out.
Will you use this hardware again in other projects/areas of your home? If so, why?
After using Nostalgic Warehouse hardware, I don’t think we can ever go back to anything else! We’ll be using it on all of our future projects, including the basement living quarters and our barn. We have already had a builder-grade handle on an exterior door break. That isn’t something we have had to even think about happening with Nostalgic’s products. Hardware can set the tone as you enter the room and shouldn’t be an afterthought.
Did you learn any tips and tricks about door hardware you think would be beneficial for others?
Deciding which door hardware is best for your home can be overwhelming with so many gorgeous options to choose from. An easy trick to help narrow things down is to think about when your house was built. Looking back at hardware from the same era and choosing a similar style will help keep a seamless feel to your design and add character to your home.
A lot of people want to get involved in large remodeling projects. How do you go about choosing a house to buy and renovate?
You’re always going to be hit with surprises in an extensive remodel. My best advice is to find a house that may be more work than you planned but is at the right price point when you’re initially buying. We looked at many houses that were either vacant or on the verge of being torn down because their price points were always a lot more affordable.
What are some recommendations for readers who want to take on an old farmhouse restoration?
Do it! There are so many neglected old homes and farmhouses that we see each week being torn down, only to have a new cookie-cutter subdivision built. Take a risk to save a little piece of history and tell your own story in the process. You won’t be sorry you did.
Other than your own home, are you working on any other properties or projects?
As our farmhouse is coming to a close, we have been on the hunt for our next project. We’ve looked at a few houses and even commercial buildings to tackle next. We haven’t quite found the perfect fit yet, but we’re super excited to roll up our sleeves and get back to work on another challenge. We’ll also be building a new barn on our property in the coming year or two that we’re super excited about!
What is next?
Our end goal is to help tell the story of more old places. Whether they’re homes or businesses, each space has a life of its own. When you walk into one of our spaces, we hope you want to kick off your shoes and stay awhile. We want to help others realize they can save these old buildings and that it is 100% worth it to put in the energy and learn along the way. We want to honor the timeless design and architecture and make it last hundreds of years to come.