Readers; Here is a Question for the Pros; Background first. I have an 1860, by County Records , 2 story House. Just today I was fixing the 2nd floor hall and found the above 'Constructed 3/22/86 by Joe, Mark & ? This house has an 11x16 addition , with some odd posts all around the interior, see my older photos. …Continue
I have a question that I'm hoping some of you have experience with. The back wall of my 100 year old house was in bad shape....sagging with a rotted corner post etc. It had novelty style drop siding(shiplap joint) on it with no sheathing whatsoever. It was just siding nailed directly to the balloon frame with heavy rosin paper in between. Since many changes were being made to the wall ( a window where there used to be a door for a 2nd floor egress, a door where there used to be a window on the…Continue
Started by joseph moore in Old Houses: 1900-1945 17 hours ago.
Well I guess I still haven't seen everything yet when it comes to creative "solutions" to old door hinges. In our last house (the Red Queen), the previous owners put the beautiful original Eastlake hinges upside-down on our daughter's bedroom door and bent the rod on purpose to keep it from sliding out of the hinge and falling onto the floor. In our new house, our daughters bedroom door was sticking and we knew the hinge needed to be refastened into the door frame. We just pulled it off, and…Continue
Hello,I'm working to restore the front porch of my 1909 home. It appears at one time there were brackets between the posts. You can see where the paint was removed that there were decorative items mounted. I'd like to find something that respects the four square style and the period it was built. We are in a neighborhood with various Arthur Pillsbury homes, but have not been able to locate any photos of our home. Any ideas what the brackets and rafter tails may have looked like? We were…Continue
so here is my question , my house was built in 1888, the kitchen floor is side nailed maple, the front hall and recieving room side nailed oak , the dining room is patterned side nailed maple , but the parlor is narrow oak that is all top nailed , the second floor is the same with some rooms having inlayed borders , my question is with the first floor all being side nailed and the everage width , might the parlor floor be a later addition maybe the room originally had carpet ? and this flooring…Continue
Hey guys, I'm here to ask about Front Door repairs.My front door has some damage on the veneer. It has so much character, I really don't want to replace it; As with most things, I'd rather repair it.I can't find a ton of info on the internet about this, I thought I'd see if anyone has experience with these sorts of repairs. Here is a sideways photo:…Continue
Here are twenty-four authentic late-Victorian color schemes taken fromhttps://archive.org/details/CatalogueAndPriceListOfTheManufacturesOfTheLoweBrothers. Its date is not given, but is 1893 or later. Since the paint cans shown in it don't have the Sherwin flange-top, it's not much later.The greens have darkened to black and I don't think "Grayish Green" was meant to be the light pink it now is. …Continue
My Bathroom shower is very large, 5.5' by 7.5'. It has small square tiles that are difficult to keep clean and sealed. The "plastic" type sealer only lasts about 6 months and where water sets it lasts only a month or so, and the tiles are very difficult to keep clean. A lot of them tend to have black/brown spots or a haze…Continue
Started by Michael Costello in Old Houses: 1900-1945 Sep 10.
I have short, little pipes sticking out of my living room and kitchen ceilings - both next to where ceiling fans have been previously installed. I'm getting ready to paint and replace the dated fans. My house was built in 1903. What are these pipes and how can I remove or hide them?Continue
Hello everyone,I own a 1928 fieldstone two story house. And could use some help thinking about re-insulating the attic.Originally the attic ceiling was insulated in the 1950's with fiberglass insulation (paper backed) and then during the 1980's a tenant pushed the insulation up against the boards of the ceiling. About 12 years ago I reshingled the house and the roofers convinced me to cut a ridge vent. (there are no soffits because of the dutch colonial style of the roof, but there are two…Continue
Started by Julia Steed Mawson in Old Houses: Pre-1900 Sep 9.
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!