Why do clients go crazy for that old character? Age is difficult to reproduce, and before the 1950s, the materials used for building houses were mainly natural and hand made. They used techniques for insulation that lasted a lifetime. They had storage areas for meats like dark cool cellars and cereals were stored in special rooms, sometimes hidden. The stables were on the ground floor and the people living on the first floor so the warmth of the animals could heat the house. I have looked over the features of 8 properties on the market to explain their origins and help you decide whether it is better to buy an old, original house or a modern and familiar structure. Happy reading!