Flooring: In many historic homes you will find that the flooring is original, and may actually be real wood flooring (which is not an affordable aspect of remodeling). Instead of replacing the charming wood floor how about refinishing it? You can either hire a professional if you do not feel comfortable yourself, or you can try and refinish it yourself if you want to save a little bit of money. The first step is going to be using a drum floor sander to sand the floor down, this will help smooth it out and make everything level. Once you are done with that you can pick out a stain you like, and stain the floor so that it brings out that beautiful shine and color you can fall in love with all over again.
Walls: Another popular element in historic homes is the walls, often times there is still some exposed brick that has yet to be covered up by drywall or paint. This will be an awesome focal feature in your kitchen if you decide to leave some of the brick untouched (assuming it is still in decent condition). Maybe you are lucky and some of the exposed brick is right behind where you want your new stove to go? How awesome of an accent would that be right behind your stove? If you find some of the brick is not in the best condition, this can be fixed with a little elbow grease. You can also go to a junk yard or brick yard to find more pieces of brick that closely match the brick currently in your home.
Countertops: Please be aware that during your remodel you are probably going to want to change out the cabinets regardless of how much historic charm they do have. They probably will not have the support they need to survive a renovation; however, take a close look at your countertops. Thinking back to old kitchens the earliest countertop materials were stone and wood because they were the most prevalent. Removing your countertops with the attempt to save them can be dangerous, and there is no guarantee that they will survive the remodel but if they manage to, would it not be cool to use some of the old countertop material, whether it be wood or stone as part of the island? This will help you keep some of that old countertop charm, with the idea of maybe remodeling the rest of the countertops with a newer material like quartz or granite.
Like I said earlier, I am a huge fan of historic homes and hope to eventually move into one and fix it up, and I of course plan on keeping some of that historic charm because that is what makes a house feel like a home. I highly recommend trying out some of these remodeling ideas when you move into a historic home; I do not think you will be disappointed with the results.