Do you count on things like radiant floors—or even just something like an evenly heated or cooled room—as a must-have? Then living in an older house, with its irregularities, may not be for you.
“If you’re going to buy a historic house because you love the old wavy glass windows and the spirit of the floors,” says Gambrel, “You must understand that you’re not going to be able to have some of the creature comforts that come with 21st century living.”
“I would do anything on earth to maintain that wavy glass in the windows, even if it means having a drafty room,” adds Gambrel. “I would just put on another sweater. But, if you’re not that person, then that’s not the right house for you.”