After stripping my german siding I've noticed all the boards have a green tinged to them. Is this remnants of the original paint color or an early version of pressured treated lumber? The house was built in 1909. Just curious if anyone knew.Thanks,Amanda (WV)Continue
Hello everyone:We had major water damage and are working with our insurance company to replace the original hardwood flooring. I am insisting that they place a layer of soundproofing insulation where the sawdust once laid under the original floors. There are two reasons: 1) to prevent sound reverb from floating up from the neighbors below us (this is a third floor condo); and 2) to prevent drafts from our North-facing French Doors during cold Indiana Winters.The insurance company, however, does…Continue
We have a 1749 farm house in Chester County Pa. We are GC the project our selves (Yeah I know were crazy but trying to save money) Does anybody know of a user friendly ap that I could use to help manage our projects? We are open to any suggestions......
I'm currently repainting my house. The west side gable rakes (I think that's what you would call them) are very heavily weathered. At first, I thought perhaps it was my overdue painting that caused the damage, but the cracks were full of old paint so they've been this way for many decades. Now that the boards are essentially free of paint, what is the best method, product for repair? Would it be some epoxy product, etc? When would you use this method, before or after priming? Thoughts?…Continue
Started by BenningtonColonial in Old Houses: Pre-1900 21 hours ago.
I'm looking into buying an old farm which has many dilapidated buildings on it. By the barn is a ceramic tile silo which every tile seems to be in pristine condition. I don't have any pix of it but will get some next time I'm there. Does anyone know if there is any interest in these things? I have searched high and low and barely find any clues; only pictures in photo sharing sites. This looks like a magnificent piece of history art that I would love to preserve. Not sure if I would keep in on…Continue
Started by Jerry F in Swaps and Sales yesterday.
I'm renovating the exterior of my 100+ year old house this summer. I took off all the aluminum siding and am in the process of sourcing out the trim and clapboards needed for repair. Most of the trim boards will be easy enough to replicate but the cedar clapboards are an unusual dimension.......1/2 X 6 1/8. Let me add that it is NOT beveled. It is 1/2 inch top and bottom....square cut. So if you can picture that....just these simple rectangular shaped boards. Well, some are cracked as one might…Continue
Hi. I can't find any information on this on the web. Everything on tyvek etc is for new construction. I already know how to install it and wrap it into rough openings etc. My question is- what is the proper way to install house wrap on an old house where I'm not removing any of the corner boards or window casings? or windows for that matter. All of that sort of perimeter trim is in pretty good shape so I want to leave it. It's just the siding on two sides of the house that needs to be replaced.…Continue
We had occasion to visit the "Robert Frost State historic site', in Derry , NH. The farm is 1839? and it needs a pro at horse hair plaster repair. Does any one out there know of such a firm/person for such a job? Peg an email to me and I'll pass it along to the right folks at the Frost House.THANKSKilted TailorContinue
I am curious how others fund serious restoration projects. We are setting up a GoFundMe and Kickstarter. There are no grants or loan programs in our region for home projects--just commercial restorations. Any ideas? Would most appreciate! brickerfarm.comContinue
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!