It has become fashionable to purchase an older home that needs love and attention for a lower price. While the money saved on the original purchase might make it a fabulous deal for those buying a home, they could find it is an expensive proposition to actually renovate an older building. Many imagine the nightmare of broken plumbing or a whole house of wiring that needs replacement, but an historic renovation can occur when it takes the peeling of many layers to find what was originally built.
Just as people today get tired of looking at the same walls and floors, people of the past renovated their homes for much the same reasons. Some of them might have added layers to their original flooring or walls because it was cheaper and easier than replacing them. As is often done today, their choices could be interesting ones that were modern inventions at the time. While flooring and even wall covering choices have truly blossomed into major industries today, they were still versatile in the past. Using new coverings on old surfaces is a time-honoured tradition that often covered up even the hidden gems a house contained.