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Exciting Historical Purchase and Renovation Project in Las Vegas, New Mexico

I am posting this here as we are all interested in renovation of historic properties, but also because we enjoy the beauty and love they also represent.This has really got the historical preservation folks in our town excited, but it also has the…See More
3 hours ago
James Olson replied to Clare Martin's discussion What's the worst thing a contractor has done to your house?
"When we let the countertop supplier take my wife's prized, porcelain sink find, in order to make the irregularly shaped cutout, we were shocked when it came back to us already adhered to the underside of the vanity top.  When we…"
8 hours ago
James Olson replied to John Dingman's discussion What do you call this door knob/latch?
"http://www.mentalfloss.com/article/26929/screw-screw-why-we-have-different-types-screws From 1930 to 1940 several "better" screw heads were patented but the Phillips head took-off between 1940-1945.  The mentalfloss…"
9 hours ago
James Olson posted a blog post

Place-Holders

I don't know if it's a term anyone else uses but "place-holders" is one my subs…See More
16 hours ago
James Olson replied to Clare Martin's discussion What's the worst thing a contractor has done to your house?
"I relented in letting the (2nd) architect to have a couple of his ideas incorporated into my design.  One of these was the "mini-McMansion" archway leading to the front door.  I figured I could hang a vergeboard scrollwork to…"
17 hours ago
James Olson replied to Mr. Charles ANTHONY's discussion Rain Water/Snow Melt/Water Diversions
"10" is a good slab thickness but if it doesn't have footings extending below the frost line (usu. about 3'0" deep) along it's perimeter it is going to be subject to "freeze uplift".  Rebar…"
18 hours ago
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20 hours ago
John Dingman replied to John Dingman's discussion What do you call this door knob/latch?
"It seems that everything in my house has been repainted many times during it's 204 years (when I brought the main stairway back to its original wood, I had to remove 8 different layers of various colors of paint, nasty stuff, too), but I can…"
22 hours ago

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Exciting Historical Purchase and Renovation Project in Las Vegas, New Mexico

I am posting this here as we are all interested in renovation of historic properties, but also because we enjoy the beauty and love they also represent.This has really got the historical preservation folks in our town excited, but it also has the rest of the folk as well. Not only will a well known Fred Harvey Hotel (Castaneda) be saved, but it will attract people to visit and businesses to be established.Some Pix:…Continue

Started by Bill Hendrickson in Old Houses: Pre-1900 3 hours ago.

What's the worst thing a contractor has done to your house? 10 Replies

We're looking for homeowner horror stories for the June issue of Old House Journal—specifically about contractors gone awry. Share your tales of woe here! (Bonus: If we pick your story for the magazine, we'll tell you how to fix it, too.)Continue

Started by Clare Martin in The Old-House Attic. Last reply by James Olson 8 hours ago.

What do you call this door knob/latch? 10 Replies

I have several of these throughout my house. I wanted to order a replacement part for one but I can't find this same knob & latch anywhere online or in catalogs, in part because I don't know the proper name for it.Continue

Tags: latch, knob, Door

Started by John Dingman in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by James Olson 9 hours ago.

Rain Water/Snow Melt/Water Diversions 12 Replies

Readers; Here we go again, Project Number-Gee- I forget!  First the details; I have a 'carriage house' stuck on the edge of my 1860 house, with a 'salt box' style roof. It is low enough at the back that I can reach up and touch the edge of the roof. The bldg. is set on  a low cement wall, about 06 inches high. At the moment, the floor of the bldg. will flood every spring and every heavy rain.  Now here is my 'cure' and please tell me if I am 'all wet' and should try something else!  First off,…Continue

Started by Mr. Charles ANTHONY in Old House How-To. Last reply by James Olson 18 hours ago.

Paint and joint compound for pseudo-plater? 28 Replies

So we'd like to get our walls looking as though they were plastered 120 years ago, with a certain sandy bumpiness thing going on.  I'm not skilled enough to use actual plaster, and the local plasters charge an arm and a leg (plus several toes) to re-do a room. We aren't looking for a totally smooth effect, but one with a certain amount of texture and hand-application marks.Right now the walls are all sheet-rocked (previous owner...don't ask).  This stuff (…Continue

Started by Richard Pryor in Old House How-To. Last reply by Jill Perkins on Monday.

Wood sashes 6 Replies

The previous owner removed 8 of our wooden sashes and replaced with improperly sized vinyl windows. I plan on making my own sashes by ordering a sash router bit for my router table, but I would prefer to just buy the sash stiles and rails if there is a company that sells them. Does anyone have experience with reproducing wooden sashes? Also, I need to buy new storms and will probably just order the Jeldwen brand from Menards due to budget constraints unless I can find something else that is…Continue

Started by Kyle Barker in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by Tom owns a Barber #1 on Monday.

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Started by James Olson in The Old-House Attic Apr 11.

Multicolored Large Round and Split Michigan Field Stones for Foundations, Fireplaces, Walls, you name it!

image%20%285%29.jpegSince I'm not formally in the "rock business", we opted to gauge the pallets in simple terms of generalized size, large and medium, split, round and split shard.  I can safely say that the majority of our baskets are over a ton.  Due to the fact that it took us 5 months to disassemble 2 barns with split stone…Continue

Tags: field, masonry, stone, materials, building

Started by Matthew Whorley in Swaps and Sales Apr 10.

Easy rules for old house types 8 Replies

I had to share something i said to someone who was asking me advice about doing something on their old house. A Victorian like mine. It manifested itself into something that had to be written down...Four easy rules for any Victorian house renovation and restoration:Rule 1. Nothing is 'square'. "Square" is a notion or suggestion, not an absolute.Rule 2. Do NOT 'fight' the house. It has settled and moved for a 100+ years, tweaks, finesse or nudges are best.Rule 3. Let the 'old girl' tell you what…Continue

Started by Tom owns a Barber #1 in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by Franz Apr 10.

Gaps between window jamb extensions and original jambs! 3 Replies

I had to build window jamb extensions when I added 2x4 framing. Problem is that the originaljambs were not plumb so there is a uneven gap between the old and the new. How can I properlyclose this gap up ?Continue

Started by Frances Reay in Old House How-To. Last reply by Kari Dunn Apr 7.

Blog Posts

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

Old-House Online

Friendly Kitchen in a 1912 Foursquare

You might say that Julia Hanfling has been stewarding this house in Portland’s Colonial Heights since she was 14 years old. That’s when she took it upon herself to “rescue” the door hardware from a neighboring house about to be razed by a developer. She carried the items home and then installed the vintage hardware [...]

Fancy Painted & Cottage Furniture

From the mid-1600s to the mid-1800s, paint was the humble medium of choice for embellishing furniture. Painted furniture was not just a country or folk art phenomenon, but was also de rigueur in fashionable urban homes. A new finish could disguise inferior woods, visually unify objects made of varied woods, and update out-of-style pieces. Paint [...]

Romantic 1920s Bayou Bungalow

The Louisiana vernacular meets suburban bungalow in this well-tended house in Lake Charles, in the southwest corner of the state. Its low gabled roof overhanging a spacious porch, horizontal windows, and exposed rafter ends are bungalow basics; the straight-through center hall recalls shotgun houses. Inside, the treatment is more cottage than Craftsman. Early 19th-century country [...]

How to Choose the Right Paint Color

During a century that witnessed at least five major architectural movements and the birth of interior design—all before 1950—color palettes went in and out of fashion. Some looked to the past, while others looked to the future with formulas based on new technologies like plastics or chrome. Some hues consistently reappear, only to look fresh [...]

New Classic Kitchen in a Cape Cod Federal

When a new kitchen meets an old house, start with black and white. In this Cape Cod Federal house built in 1844, the classic white cabinets with wide stiles and rails are handsome and evoke styles from colonial to Arts & Crafts. They are grounded with natural soapstone countertops in a very dark charcoal. This [...]

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