While there is a lot to be said for modern style, it’s hard to argue with design elements that have endured for decades or even centuries and have only gotten better with time. In a testament to their lasting appeal, classic elements such as hardwood floors, staircase balusters, and crown molding have never ceased to charm. And if history is any indicator, they’re not likely to fall out of favor any time soon.

Charlie Allen, founder of Charlie Allen Restorations in Cambridge, Mass., an award-winning renovation firm specializing in the remodeling and restoration of period homes, has been bringing historic homes back to life for more than 30 years. But the charm of long-standing residences, he says, need not be restricted to existing housing stock. Take a look at some of his recommendations for design elements that will ensure new homes age gracefully.

Captions by Charlie Allen.

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