Seriously considering buying an 1812 house in VT that is brick and one of the best examples of high federal architecture in the state or even new england per historical renovation spe******ts. This house, for good or bad, is almost untouched, wasnt hacked up into sections, no additions, no systems upgrades, original fireplaces and mantels, walls, plaster cast in place crown moldings, floors, the whole thing. Only two attempts at updating done were blown in insulation where they put hole high on walls and then plastered over after blowing in, and a forced hot air system but no cuts in floors for grates or anything, hardly any electric in the place, original dirt and stone floor basement. It does need work on foundation crack in field stone and also that wall which is starting to slightly bow out.
The house feels like a museum when you walk in its so unmolested.... so, how to update to a livable condition while keeping the historical features in tact and not ruining the fabric of the house. Also has HUGE barns and a full dairy barn and a concrete silo so big you could make it an apartment or in law. So much potential but could be a money pit. What to do for a heating systems, plumbing (radiant pex in basement between floor joists?)