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Mr. Charles ANTHONY posted discussions
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Lois Groshong commented on Lois Groshong's group 2001 Restoration of a Colonial Home
"  Over the years the fireboxes on the first floor have been decreased in size. One fireplace on the second floor was hidden behind a wall. A gem uncovered when Jonathan demolished the bathroom that had been added early in the 20th century.…"
8 hours ago
Tyler replied to Tyler's discussion Help Identifying house style!
"Thanks for the confirmation, everyone. I've been here for just a couple days and I feel like I've learned so much. I haven't looked in the attic yet... just finishing up paperwork for closing etc. I fantasize about going up there and…"
10 hours ago
Quintin - Walt Tiffany replied to LisaP's discussion Amazing Victorian w/ carriage house in need of restoration for sale 200K
"i may have to lay flowers at the feet of the goddess of all things beautiful in prayer that this house doesn't become condos"
10 hours ago
Tom owns a Barber #1 replied to LisaP's discussion Amazing Victorian w/ carriage house in need of restoration for sale 200K
"Please, of all things that are holy, NO condos. And not a rental, end of my prayer session...."
10 hours ago
Lair Tienter replied to Quintin - Walt Tiffany's discussion inlaid floor help
"That's a good question.  I remember he had a 5 gallon bucket and added the colorant to 1 gallon of poly, then mixed it up with a mixer on a drill.  It was a little dark on the stick he stuck in the mixture so he added a little more…"
11 hours ago
Quintin - Walt Tiffany replied to Quintin - Walt Tiffany's discussion inlaid floor help
"Lair when you added the 1/4 cup to what amount of poly did u add it to? "
11 hours ago
Quintin - Walt Tiffany replied to Quintin - Walt Tiffany's discussion inlaid floor help
"thanks Lair i was worried about that - Q"
11 hours ago

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Ditto/close up of floor covering

Here is a close up detail. The flooring looks like some sort of early plastic materialKilted TailorContinue

Started by Mr. Charles ANTHONY in The Old-House Attic 2 hours ago.

What Year this Floor Covering?

Here is one for the flooring experts(& the Moderators, if this is in the wrong spot, please move.) I was takeing up the circa 1970 plywood floors in my 1860 house, and found this man-made, flooring material. It is dark red on the reverse, and about as thick as the cover on a 'dime novel'. Any idea of the year of…Continue

Started by Mr. Charles ANTHONY in The Old-House Attic 2 hours ago.

What Year this Floor Covering?

Here is one for the flooring experts(& the Moderators, if this is in the wrong spot, please move.) I was takeing up the circa 1970 plywood floors in my 1860 house, and found this man-made, flooring material. It is dark red on the reverse, and about as thick as the cover on a 'dime novel'. Any idea of the year of…Continue

Started by Mr. Charles ANTHONY in The Old-House Attic 2 hours ago.

Help Identifying house style! 7 Replies

Hello, everyone! I'm new to the site, and a new (firstime) homeowner. I'm super interested in history and one must for a home has always been personality! I certainly found that with my first home pictured here:Sure, it's a bit of a fixer-upper, that's what I want! The only problem is, I don't quite have the style…Continue

Tags: unknown, identify, help, farmhouse, missouri

Started by Tyler in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by Tyler 10 hours ago.

Amazing Victorian w/ carriage house in need of restoration for sale 200K 3 Replies

BUILDERS, BUSINESS OWNERS, LANDLORDS, INVESTORS, this one is for you!! Convert to condos/ use for rental property/ or run a business! Looking for cash offers. Property needs work, but can restored to the beauty it once was. ENORMOUS amount of living space on 3 levels. Carriage house has been rented out as a single apartment. Room to finish another floor. Property is being sold ' as-is". Not a short sale or foreclosure! Please submit all offers no later than noon on September 1, 2014. Don't miss…Continue

Started by LisaP in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by Quintin - Walt Tiffany 10 hours ago.

inlaid floor help 8 Replies

ok so heres my problem today, i have inlaid floors in some rooms they need to be refinished and have not been done since the original finish in 1888,  my question is .... are the wood in the inlay stained ? or because they are different species of wood they just take there color naturally , i tried applying some finish the a worn spot and the pieces that are dark redish brown didnt seem to turn that color when i applied a finish , but maybe im doing it wrong ? im just worried ill sand the…Continue

Started by Quintin - Walt Tiffany in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by Lair Tienter 11 hours ago.

Architect from Milwaukee and Tacoma , Knapp

hi every one i thought id toss a line out on here , has any one ever heard of an architect named Isaac Jay Knapp , usually went by I.Jay Knapp .  he had offices in Muskegon Michigan , them Milwaukee Wi. followed by Tacoma Wa.    he worked from the at least the 1880's to some where beyond 1904 ,  thanks for any help - QCTContinue

Started by Quintin - Walt Tiffany in Old Houses: Pre-1900 11 hours ago.

Sanding front porch floor 2 Replies

Need some advice on sanding my front porch floor. I was going to use a belt sander like we always do, but my husband suggests we rent an orbital floor sander as it would be quicker. Has anyone used a floor sander on their porch floor? It is currently painted and will be painted again with oil based primer and paint. Hoping to get a long lasting paint job, seems we repaint every five years or so.Thanks,LisaContinue

Started by psychochix in Old House How-To. Last reply by psychochix 11 hours ago.

Pre-1900 home with some sections of unfinished flooring - need opinions 4 Replies

Hello,My husband and I are in the process of buying a pre-1900 home. It has been very well maintained and is very lovely... we feel like there isn't much we need to do to make it suit our personal tastes! However, we discovered that a lot of old homes often had a section in the middle of certain rooms (dining/parlour rooms) where the floor was left intentionally unfinished because back in those times people just did that since they intended to cover those sections of flooring with large area…Continue

Tags: sections, finish, flooring, unfinished, pre-1900

Started by Rkat in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by Rkat yesterday.

Advice needed for flagstone front stoop 5 Replies

Hey all you crazy old house keepers! I'm planning to add a flagstone layer to an existing concrete stoop/ whatever you call it. When I say flagstone, I mean relatively flat but textured limestone pieces, so they are uneven on the bottom. I'm looking for advice on how to apply them to the concrete, and what to grout or mortar them…Continue

Tags: mortar, flagstone, stone

Started by Mal & Greg in Old House How-To. Last reply by Mal & Greg on Sunday.

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Arts & Crafts or Coastal Style?

Our new lakefront cottage has a vintage look and I am trying to decide if an Arts & Crafts look or a Coastal look is more appropriate. I think an Arts & Crafts look is tougher to pull off but I really respect and admire that style. A coastal look may be more suitable to something that is lakefront and is easier with all that wicker and white paint.  Any thoughts? I have attached a picture of the front. …

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Posted by Terry Spencer on October 15, 2012 at 11:13am — 8 Comments

Cheap Winter Window Fix

I have turn of the early 1900's "replacement" windows and good old aluminum storms.  Drinking straws make wonderful, easily removed gaskets.  They even fit in the storm window bottoms.  When I close a window, its tight! 

Posted by lyn joy on October 1, 2012 at 8:45am — 2 Comments

Imminent Teardown of an Historic Home

 

Yet another of New England’s early saltbox homes has recently been condemned to teardown in the name of commercialism and historically insensitive…

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Posted by John Poole on September 26, 2012 at 1:30am — 6 Comments

House style

Picture%202.pngWhat do you think is the style of my Victorian house?

Most say it is in the Gothic Victorian style due to the arched windows and front double door and the quoins in the corners.

Posted by gary minnick on September 19, 2012 at 5:00pm — 4 Comments

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