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June Cotton replied to June Cotton's discussion Front porch decisions and woes 1794 House
"I have no idea how.  I have the booklet and I'm guessing it's because it fell in with several homes in the area now categorized as a historic district?  Because history on this house is extremely light on this house, it's…"
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T.C. Kearns replied to Nancy's discussion Historic Home Plaques -- yes/no?
"Bump to this excellent topic on historic house plaques. They make a great holiday gift for him, her, or house. Don't need exact date, that is the reason for putting "circa" or c. on the sign.  Attaching a photo of a hand painted…"
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T.C. Kearns replied to June Cotton's discussion Front porch decisions and woes 1794 House
"Curious.... the property is on the NRHP but has no restrictions.... I didn't think that was possible. Can you explain? Also, noticing the house number is 13... bad juju. Just kidding. If you would reply to the first question, I can respond.…"
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Joe Opinoff posted a discussion

Insulation in Balloon Frame House

I have a house built in 1900. I believe it's a balloon framed house but there are no open stud bays in the basement as the wall is built on the floor plate. Once I'm through the floor plate I can go right to the second story unimpeded (and I suspect…See More
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June Cotton posted a discussion

Front porch decisions and woes 1794 House

Hello,  I purchased this 1794 home four years ago.  It had been "saved" by a local person as it is believed to be the oldest house in town.  It was indeed a labor of love for them, and I've no doubt they exhausted their budget, but a lot of DIY was…See More
Dec 4
Nicole Gardiner posted a blog post

6 ways to get a messy children's playroom clean and organized

If we do not take matters into our own hands, the room where our children play can become a scene from the quite well-known movie Cheaper by the Dozen. To gain control over this situation, a little help is not superfluous. Below I would like to…See More
Dec 3
Steven Clarke posted a blog post

Roof Renovation: 5 Things You Need to Know

People sometimes forget about roof maintenance, as it is not something we are in contact with every day. We usually think about renovating the kitchen or bathroom, but the roof is quite essential for having a safe and beautiful home. That is why you…See More
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Front porch decisions and woes 1794 House 2 Replies

Hello,  I purchased this 1794 home four years ago.  It had been "saved" by a local person as it is believed to be the oldest house in town.  It was indeed a labor of love for them, and I've no doubt they exhausted their budget, but a lot of DIY was done (in DIY quality) and quite a few areas of "let's just paint over that") not to mention 200 years of DIY plus before them.  The interior is by no means "historic" looking, there is what may have been once a fireplace (closed in) and no working…Continue

Started by June Cotton in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by June Cotton 14 hours ago.

Historic Home Plaques -- yes/no? 15 Replies

I was hoping to do a survey, but don't see that feature on here, so hopefully people will just post their 2 cents --I've been doing research on and off as time permits on the construction/ownership of my house, in order to get a historic home plaque from my city's historic board. I was talking to a coworker about this today, who purchased a "historic" home in a historic district of another town, and she feels it's really limiting as a homeowner, and wishes the home didn't have that distinction.…Continue

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Started by Nancy in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by T.C. Kearns on Friday.

Insulation in Balloon Frame House

I have a house built in 1900. I believe it's a balloon framed house but there are no open stud bays in the basement as the wall is built on the floor plate. Once I'm through the floor plate I can go right to the second story unimpeded (and I suspect all the way to the attic but from what I can tell there is a top plate up there also).The interior is lath and plaster and the exterior is diagonal plank sheathing under the original wood plank siding, at some point in the past 30 years this was…Continue

Started by Joe Opinoff in Old Houses: Pre-1900 Dec 4.

Established Business Perfect for Old House Owners

We've reached that point where it is time to retire and would love for someone to take over our internet retail business. "RFT" has been great for us in terms of extra income (you know what a money pit an old house can be!), furnishing our own home, and reaping the tax benefits of owning your own business and running it from your home.We've met the nicest people through our "sideline" - including some members of OHJ online. Hours and schedule are as flexible as you need and it is virtually a…Continue

Started by Charles J in Swaps and Sales Nov 27.

Bricked over window and staircase 9 Replies

We are in the process of deciding whether to purchase a 1886 Victorian home.  It had a large addition completed somewhere around 1900-1910. In addition, at some point it was divided into small apartments, then "restored" back to a single family home in 1966. Since that point it has seen 12 owners.  There are no blueprints, not much in the way of documentation of any sort, and despite me spending countless hours pining over books, I have not been able to locate any building plan or pictures that…Continue

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Started by Matt in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by Charles J Nov 27.

Addition to our 1925 Foursquare home: Question on cabinets 1 Reply

Hello, we are adding a big addition onto the back of our red brick Foursquare house built in 1925. We are moving the small kitchen to the back of the house for more space. I'd like to retain the character of the house so we're using details which we've seen in other rooms and from what I've read online about the time period, while still adding the modern conveniences we need for our 5 person family.My question is, what finishes should we choose for the kitchen? We have original heart pine…Continue

Started by MD4square in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by Lair Tienter Nov 19.

old stone foundation, spray foam rim joist 4 Replies

Can you answer a question about an old home? If not could you recommend someone who can help?  This is a house that was built in 1935. It has the stone foundation. What is the cement between the floor joists up against the rim joist for? Is it okay to remove this in order to get a better seal when adding spray foam to the rim joist? Does this cement hold the building in place? I had an energy audit and was told I need to have the rim joist sealed but that it will not seal well with this…Continue

Started by Karl Oftedahl in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by Karl Oftedahl Nov 16.

Help with style 2 Replies

Hello, I am looking for a bit of style guidance. We just bought a 1,400 sq ft Dutch Colonial built circa 1900. I am curious what was the likely decor of the house when it was originally constructed. I understand it is Colonial Revival, but it is hardly large enough to pull off a colonial interior. Would a more Arts and Crafts style be out of character for a New England home? And does anyone have any thoughts as to what would have been it's original aesthetic? Thanks!Continue

Started by Elizabeth Howse in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by Elizabeth Howse Nov 9.

100 Year Old Baseboard Trim - Refinishing 18 Replies

My husband and I are finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel with our 100 year old house renovation. With that, we've been told a few different ways to handle the refinishing of our baseboard trim. We first started out with the whole stripping process - Coat the wood, wait, scrape, reapply, and finish with steel wool pads. Next when we made the final decision to have all the baseboards painted, instead of restaining, we were told that we just need to sand the baseboards, prime, and…Continue

Tags: stripping, stain, paint, trim, baseboard

Started by Katie Watenpool in Old House How-To. Last reply by Jim Schultz Nov 8.

Guidance on original tile wainscot in shower 5 Replies

I recently bought a 1930s Spanish Revival house with original black and yellow tile wainscot. The walls are of original lath and plaster. I'm worried about water infiltration and potential mold, even though I've painted with high-gloss paint as recommended by painters. Considering the tile has been in place for nearly 90 years, maybe this is not a problem. I have considered re-tiling with a similar motif up to the ceiling, but it would look out of character with the rest of the bathroom. Has…Continue

Tags: shower, wainscot, bathroom, tile

Started by Kim in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by Ken klemmer Nov 6.

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1920s Kitchen Done Right

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Home sweet gnome? This 1923 house in Los Angeles exemplifies the fairy-tale subset of Historical Revival homes of the early 20th century.

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