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Historic Restoration

At Paulson’s, we all share a certain affinity for our older homes and structures and the significance they play in the history of our communities. Our experience in all forms of construction makes us uniquely suited to handle all types of historic work and we would love to visit your historic building and see what we can do to help. We specialize in bringing out the full potential of older homes. From structural to the details, we will give you the results you’re looking for and the respect your home deserves. We were recently awarded the 2008 Contractor of the Year award for a project we did on Clinton St. in Howell, MI.

Walnut St. Historic Restoration

This 1846 Greek Revival house is among Howell’s oldest & was the home to the prominent citizen George W. Lee. This home has a Michigan Historical Marker. The covered front porch was in bad shape & in need of repairs. We visited the Howell Archives & located historic photos of this old house. The porch roof was missing its original decorative railing. We replaced the rotted joists & floor. We crafted custom decorative railing to match the old photograph. We primed all the parts & pieces in our shop & the owners will paint it all themselves at a later date. We took great pride in restoring this old home to its former glory. It turned out great! How can we help you with your historic renovation?   Michigan Historic Marker...

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Summit St. Historic Remodel

This historic home in downtown Howell was in bad shape when we were called in to help restore this home. It was quite the undertaking. We gutted & restored most of the interior & exterior. We added a large covered front porch & a new back porch overhang. We refinished the hardwood floors throughout the home. We had a lot of custom woodwork on this job. Custom doors were made to match the historic ones. A custom hutch was built with stained glass on top to mimic the stained glass throughout the home. In the bathroom we maximized storage by building a custom cabinet in an unusable space. We love historic renovations & take pride in restoring historic...

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Custom Woodwork

This historic home in downtown Howell was in bad shape when we were called in to help restore this home. It was quite the undertaking. We gutted & restored most of the interior & exterior. We added a large covered front porch & a new back porch overhang. We refinished the hardwood floors throughout the home. We had a lot of custom woodwork on this job. Custom doors were made to match the historic ones. A custom hutch was built with stained glass on top to mimic the stained glass throughout the home. In the bathroom we maximized storage by building a custom cabinet in an unusable space. We love historic renovations & take pride in restoring historic...

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Dawson Rd.

This historic bathroom was remodeled to keep its historic charm. We used a classic pedestal sink & a cast iron claw foot tub with floor mounted plumbing fixtures. Bead board wainscoting wraps around this bathroom remodel. We used classic black & white floor tile to be period correct. Wall sconces flank a custom medicine cabinet. This historic bathroom has a new layout that met the family’s specific needs and still kept the classic styling of their historic...

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Court St.

This historic home in downtown Howell was in need of new siding. We removed the old siding & installed real wood clapboard siding. Our goal was to give the home an update but still stay period correct with our renovations. The homeowners chose to paint or stain the exterior themselves. Wood has time-tested, timeless quality that does not go out of style. Residing a house with wood shingles or real wood clapboard is not nearly as easy as it was 100 years ago. Not every contractor knows how to apply them properly; luckily we do & we are here to help. Call us for help with your historic...

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Livingston County Courthouse

We were contacted by Livingston County to refinish & reset these massive entry doors on the Livingston County Courthouse. We specialize in historic renovations big & small. We truly enjoy restoring the old & giving it new life. We are your historic restoration...

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Burns St.

This multi paned bow window was not energy efficient & needed to be replaced. We replaced the individual panes of glass with new energy efficient double pane glass.  Maintained the historic look with today’s efficient...

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Historic Barn in Northville

This historic barn in Northville had a ton of rotted wood near the grade. We cut the rotted wood out & replaced it. Saving the homeowners a lot of money & helping to keep this old barn in good condition. We also replaced the sliding barn door with a new door & new hardware. All this needs is a few coats of stain & it should be good for years to come. We specialize in historic renovations &...

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Clinton St. Historic Porch Reconstruction...

This project began in 2006 when the homeowner approached us regarding putting the wraparound porch back on his 1916 home in the City of Howell. The owners were visited by a niece of the original owners & she brought a picture taken in the 1920’s showing the original owners on the wraparound porch. The porch was removed in the 1950’s for some reason. We had to jump through some hoops at City Hall to get the setbacks ordinance rewritten & then construction began. Samples of the original skirting were duplicated & the porch was replicated solely based on the old pictures & witness marks of the original porch. The restoration of the curved porch was a cost effective way to greatly enhance the aesthetic appeal and the market value of the home. It also added functional value to the home by restoring a useful space for the entire family...

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Eight Mile Rd.

This historic front porch was in bad shape. We kept the existing layout but improved the strength of the porch. We had to support the existing roof while we reconstructed the deck below. We wrapped the posts with period correct columns. We made sure that the porch was constructed correctly & will last a long...

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SS City of Milwaukee

The S.S. City of Milwaukee is the last remaining traditional Great Lakes passenger/train ferry. The ship was the final of six sister ships built to plans developed by the Manitowoc Shipbuilding Company in 1923. The vessel was launched on November 25, 1930. It was built to replace the S.S. Milwaukee, which foundered during a severe storm in 1929. The twin screw vessel measures 348 feet in length, 56 beam, 16 draft. It is powered by four scotch fire tube boilers developing 185 working psi. The triple expansion engines are 1,400 horsepower each. This power combined with the 12 foot diameter iron propellers can drive the ship 14 knots or drive it through three feet of solid ice. The freight deck can accommodate an entire freight train (30 boxcars on four tracks). The vessel sailed under the Grand Trunk Railroad the majority of its career but was leased and operated...

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Detroit

This front porch on a historic home in the shadow of the old train station in Detroit’s Corktown was in bad shape. It was completely rotted & in desperate need of repair. The substructure, floor boards, columns & railing all needed to be replaced. We specialize in historic restoration & love doing this kind of work. The owner was very pleased with the results & we were glad to be able to...

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Walnut Street

An interior and exterior remodel of a historic home in downtown Howell. While the roof was already complete when we got involved, it was our job to take care of the rest of the exterior. This meant that the trim pieces that had burned, broken off, or rotted needed to be recreated and reinstalled. The porches needed to be redone, and of course the entire exterior got a coat of...

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Lake Street

Exterior repairs and repainting. This historic home in downtown Howell was much in need of exterior repair and maintenance. We were contracted to repair the wood sills and trim. Then the customer, working with their designer, chose the color scheme for us to redo the outside. The three gables on the house offered a unique challenge. The original gingerbread had been lost over time, and all we had to work with was the antique photographs that the homeowners had obtained. Using these photographs, we were able to distinguish what style of gingerbread was on the house originally. Once that was done, the pieces of the puzzle started to fall together based on other information we had gathered, and then we were able to create a life-sized template of the new gable gingerbread. The customer was then able to see it and approve it prior to its fabrication, and we...

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Riddle Street

This historic home in downtown Howell was in need of exterior maintenance and repair. We were contracted to repair, fix, and replace exterior wood as needed on both the house and garage. There was masonry work that needed to be done, exterior painting was completed, the roof needed some repairs, and then we installed copper gutters with copper gutter guard on the house and...

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