Our house was originally built probably around 1890 give or take a few years. (The records are shoddy). A Previous owner in its checkered history did a “renovation” which removed any period detail with a few exceptions such as the floors and the stair post and banisters. We had to replace everything except the post because they were pretty beat up and gauged. The bathrooms and kitchen were redone and any molding was ripped out. The radiators were removed, and forced air heat was installed. We’ve done a good amount of work in the kitchen and we’ve gone with modern items. We have done the same in the bathrooms. When I replaced the medicine cabinet, I went with something new as opposed to something period. When we replaced the cheap doors that the previous owner had installed, we went with some architectural salvage that I had scored from a renovation in the office building where I work. When we replaced the cheap contractor special 1980 vintage windows, we went with modern triple paned casement windows in the front and double paned
As we’ve been fixing things up, we have generally gone with new items. Some of my neighbors have gone the opposite route and have gone with period items from architectural salvage. One of my neighbors whose house was owned by someone who did absolutely nothing, still has the original bathroom from the 20s. She went with vintage style tile for her kitchen and has generally even replaced things with other bits of architectural salvage such as the back door. She has kept the original windows even though they are pretty inefficient.
What say all of you? Do you try to maintain the house as period as possible or do you go with modern items? Something in the middle?