A Modern Makeover for Your Inherited Home

A Modern Makeover for Your Inherited Home

The following contribution is from another author.

As inherited a home can be like inheriting history, it can also feel like inheriting memories etched onto its walls. But with time comes weariness, once considered modern living may now seem outdated, and your inherited home requires upgrades to bring it into the modern living era. Our blog will guide you through various upgrades to ensure it becomes not just a place to reside but a seamless modern sanctuary.

Kitchen Updates

A kitchen is where memories are formed through love, tradition, and the aromas of many delicious meals prepared and shared between family members. When it comes to updating an inherited home with modern style, the kitchen should be the first place you look when considering renovation. Modernizing this space doesn’t mean altering its character. Its function should be increased while maintaining its special charm and warmth. Start by installing energy-saving appliances that match up well with its original aesthetics. Quartz or granite countertops for durability would pair nicely with antique brass or brushed nickel fixtures to maintain that nostalgic atmosphere.

Re-envisioning Living Spaces

Our living spaces present us with the opportunity to blend tradition and contemporary living together seamlessly. This project is to create environments that are both functional and welcoming, inviting family gatherings while still satisfying individual’s needs for solitude and relaxation. Neutral-colored paint can bring light and give the room more space, while keeping original woodwork gives it a touch of historical elegance. Smart technology, such as automated lighting systems and thermostats, can add conveniences of modern living without changing the classic aesthetic of a home. Furniture selection plays a pivotal role. Choose pieces with modern takes on classic designs to bridge the gap between past and present seamlessly. Accentuating these spaces with family heirlooms or vintage finds not only pays homage to its history but also adds unique character that new items simply cannot match.

Outdoor Oasis

Stepping outside, creating an exterior oasis becomes the next step towards harmonizing the past with present-day amenities. Landscaping plays an integral role in this transformation by merging traditional garden layouts with cutting-edge sustainable practices to produce stunning results. Imagine native plants requiring minimal water and care, combined with modern hardscaping for a timeless, classic appearance. Entertaining is made easy when your deck or patio reflects the architectural lineage of your house while being equipped with weather-resistant yet stylish furniture, providing the ideal setting for gatherings under the stars. Fire pits or outdoor fireplaces can extend the patio’s use into evening hours, creating an easy transition between inside and out and allowing natural light to fill both spaces at once. Look for local patio door replacement services to update old, drafty doors with energy-efficient options that also offer a seamless transition between the interior and exterior spaces. Water features, such as fountains or koi ponds, may prove particularly captivating elements in any landscape design project, serving not only as focal points but also creating an immersive auditory backdrop that bridges traditional charm with modern landscaping marvels.

Transitioning to Sustainable Living

Sustainability plays a central role in connecting historical charm and modern efficiency, acting not only to lower environmental footprint but also increase aesthetic and functional value in homes. Making the switch can bring great advantages. Solar panels, for instance, can easily fit into existing architecture without altering its visual aesthetic. Meanwhile, rainwater harvesting systems offer an eco-friendly solution to garden maintenance by reducing water usage and costs. Insulation upgrades in your home are essential. By choosing energy-saving materials that remain discrete yet efficient, insulation upgrades ensure your house remains energy-efficient while still upholding its historical charm. By carefully choosing these elements, homeowners can create living spaces that honor history while simultaneously welcoming present realities and planning for tomorrow.

Harnessing Technology to Add Convenience

Smart home technology plays an essential role in improving comfort and efficiency within these historic living spaces. Automation systems for lighting, heating and security in heritage homes can be tailored specifically to their aesthetic and functional needs for an inconspicuous blend of old and new. These systems allow homeowners to control various aspects of their home remotely from a smartphone app, from controlling thermostat settings and security camera monitoring all the way to managing thermostat settings and viewing security footage. Not only can this increase comfort and convenience levels in the home, but it can also significantly enhance energy efficiency. Smart thermostats, for instance, learn your household’s routines and adjust heating and cooling settings accordingly, cutting energy consumption drastically. Smart locks and security systems offer convenience as well as peace of mind by ensuring the home remains accessible from afar and is safe. By harnessing technology, homeowners can preserve the charm of historical properties while benefiting from modern living.


Upgrading an inherited home involves more than simply bringing modern elements in. It involves crafting an environment where you preserve memories while meeting current and future generational needs. Through this project, we don’t simply upgrade homes. We bring life back into them so its legacy lives on through both style and function.


Eric is the creator of At Home in the Future and has been a passionate fan of the future since he was seven. He's a web developer by trade, and serves as the Director of Communication and Technology for a large church in Nashville, TN (where he and his family are building a high tech home in the woods).