Under the Mills Act, a home buyer of “a historical” can net tax savings but is restricted from throwing out the original kitchen sink. However, an addition with a modern kitchen can be added to the back of the home. Doing dishes by hand is not relevant today. The home can be repaired, sometimes with funds from the local government. If this is the case, even paint color must be in the original tone, and this requires scraping to uncover the color on the walls a century before. Colors in the entry, living room and dining room can’t be changed, but new owners can choose new hues upstairs. No need to change the curtain rods, they will be oak. If you’re lucky, light fixtures will have survived along with built-in bookcases. Outside, for a craftsman, the brown singled home may have had orange trim. The exterior is protected by Historic Preservation Overlay Zone restrictions.