I bought this 1939 post war bungalow that I'm currently remodeling. I need some ideas on what to do with this front porch. I need to dress up this aluminum roof above it somehow and I was thinking to replace the "iron" support columnist the right with a nice decorative wood one. I was also thinking of adding some new decorative gutters running on the front of it to dress it up. I'll eventually tear off all the aluminum and build a pitched roof there, but I need something for the time being as…Continue
Started by Raph in Old Houses: 1900-1945 21 hours ago.
Now that I have my bathroom almost done, I finally cleaned up the used tub that I installed. It was a 50/50 chance that the surface would be useable as is, and once I got it clean, it is apparent that it really needs refinishing. I have a few calls in to places that do this work, but since I have no experience with it, I have no idea what questions to ask, what pitfalls to avoid, or what other things might need to be considered. Anyone with experience here?
FYI - Some sparrows carved out a nice little space last spring in the opposing corners of where my roof eaves meet. They were great at finding a spot high enough, and dangerous enough that I couldn't easily repair it without erecting a massive scaffold. So, I managed to get my 28' extension ladder up there (barely), secured it ropes and Bondo'ed & filled in the gap. Of course, the sparrow and family had cleared out as I wouldn't want to King Tut' them in. The stuff is great as it filled…Continue
I am researching the work on noted "pattern book" architect, George F. Barber. Barber is credited with the creation of tens of thousands of homes, throughout the USA and Canada, by using a mail-order process that stemmed from Barber's pattern books and monthly periodical publications. Barber's designs were published between 1888 and 1908, with the first 12 or so years being largely designed in the Queen Anne Victorian style. Around 1900 Barber reluctantly began to incorporate designs in the…Continue
I bought a house with a garage/apartment a year ago. I have since taken out all the drywall because many boards had cracked over the years.…Continue
Some of the parting strips in my windows are warped and pulled out of their slots at the bottom. They look quite twisted, but now that the weather is dry, I have been able to hammer them back with a rubber hammer. Can I expect paint to hold them in place? I don't want to nail them. I did use a small right angle galvanized brace on one, but it doesn't look too nice. Continue
I removed many layers of paint from the 3 decorative ceramic tiles on my fireplace. (Also removed the same from the original limestone arch on the front, but that's another project discussion). The tiles on the fireplace (and those on the hearth too) are dull and ashy looking. They look great when wet. I'm sure the gloss finish of the original glaze was damaged by paint and the products to remove it. I know there's nothing that can be done about the crazing which has occurred naturally but what…Continue
In the house I recently purchased, the basement has a pipe sticking up about 12 inches out of the floor. The pipe has another pipe inside of it that can be moved up and down. The inner pipe also has fittings on the top end. The house was built sometime in the 1920's. The pipe is directly below the kitchen but is also within 3 feet of the basement floor drain. The house has been connected to city water/sewer for more than 40 years, but the floor drain isn't connected to the sewer. The house is…Continue
I am pulling up the attic floor in my New England colonial. I find that there is a subfloor. Most of the flooring is random width 5/8ths pine 6-12" by 8' to 16'. Most is probably original, the saw cuts that are visible are vertical. The sub floor is 3/8ths oak, random width 6" - 24", and lengths to 16'. Is this construction ordinary in that time period? The only purpose I can see is to add a little strength to the pine. Legend is that the house had a fire, circa 1890. I did find some burn on…Continue
Started by Warrington Faust in Old Houses: Pre-1900 Sep 23.
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. …Continue
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!