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Rkat replied to Rkat's discussion Pre-1900 home with some sections of unfinished flooring - need opinions
"Thank you for your input! Biggest reason why we got rid of the rugs was they were filthy and smelled bad, but we are going for getting the flooring finished. Despite the boards looking totally different in the middle (as seen in my previous comment…"
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Kim G replied to Rkat's discussion Pre-1900 home with some sections of unfinished flooring - need opinions
"If you don't want to use area rugs, finish the floor. You do not want to have to deal with damaged floors later on. The area rug used was personal preference by the original owner, you are the current (or will be) owner and are allowed personal…"
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Jim Quinn replied to Jim Quinn's discussion Introduction and Some Help
"Great thoughts from everyone and I'm very appreciative of replies. I was hoping this site would help me think of possibilities for what was there. Here is an image of the house close to the same angle as the old picture I have. The zoomed in…"
9 hours ago
GT Wilburn replied to GT Wilburn's discussion 1832 Grist Mill & Land - Looking for Good Steward
"My apologies, i thought this was the proper forum. Not a realtor, owner. "
James Olson replied to GT Wilburn's discussion 1832 Grist Mill & Land - Looking for Good Steward
""Swap and Sales" section, plz.  Maybe "Swaps and Sales" should be the first section to catch 'fly-by' real estate agents' spam."


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Pre-1900 home with some sections of unfinished flooring - need opinions 14 Replies

Hello,My husband and I are in the process of buying a pre-1900 home. It has been very well maintained and is very lovely... we feel like there isn't much we need to do to make it suit our personal tastes! However, we discovered that a lot of old homes often had a section in the middle of certain rooms (dining/parlour rooms) where the floor was left intentionally unfinished because back in those times people just did that since they intended to cover those sections of flooring with large area…Continue

Tags: sections, finish, flooring, unfinished, pre-1900

Started by Rkat in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by Rkat 8 hours ago.

Introduction and Some Help 12 Replies

Hello,I am new to the site and am hoping some one can help me with a question about my house. I have a ~1915 Victorian house in upstate NY.Here is an image of the house when we purchased it.Here is a scan of a photo we were given of the house back in the day.…Continue

Started by Jim Quinn in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by Jim Quinn 9 hours ago.

1832 Grist Mill & Land - Looking for Good Steward 2 Replies

The heirs of the GT Wilburn Estate are offering this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own a genuine piece of Americana real estate. The heirs are seeking a visionary buyer to acquire this historic property. A unique investor who appreciates and will dedicate his/her ownership and stewardship to extend the 200- year history of this fantastic, legendary place in America’s history.…Continue

Tags: sale, for, Farmhouse, Mill, Grist

Started by GT Wilburn in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by GT Wilburn yesterday.

What can we do with the old doors? 7 Replies

Our house was built in 1864.  As the result of several renovations, there are about a dozen doors in our attic.  They are heavy, solid wood doors..  I am sure they are worth something to the right person.  We are located in DeKalb, Illinois. Any ideas?Continue

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Started by Elaine Cozort in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by James Olson yesterday.

Doors available

We have about a dozen old doors from our 1864 house that we would like to sell as is.  They are primarily interior, but some have windows.  Price: Best offer.  We are in DeKalb, Illinois.  email or call 815-756-4981 for information. Continue

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Started by Elaine Cozort in Swaps and Sales on Saturday.

Old house finish quandry 2 Replies

We found a box style newel post at an antique store and want to retrofit it to where the original back stair case was. The retrofit will be minimal and i will have to "wrap the bottom in new quarter sawn oak" and move a tiny molding up on a couple sides to accommodate the first step. With the 'new oak' going on there, we will have to match the stain, and then the finish - hence the problem.I would love to match the old finish on the newel and wonder if there is a technique that will mimic the…Continue

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

Restoring Front Porch on 1909 Home 12 Replies

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

Started by Tempwave in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by Tom owns a Barber #1 on Wednesday.

Historic Building Mortar Information 5 Replies

Hello everyone, We just wanted to put it out there to those who made be interested that we have a new video about traditional lime mortar on YouTube. The one that we just posted is about the damaging effects of caulk on lime mortar and can be found here: we have some older ones, one of which covers more of the…Continue

Tags: Masonry repair, Chimney repair, tuck pointing, Bucks County, mortar removal

Started by Rob Wozniak in Old House How-To. Last reply by Mark W. Hoffa on Wednesday.

Historic Looking Stock Cabinets? 10 Replies

I am a first-time poster, but I suspect I will be posting a lot in the future to seek assistance from you helpful folks.  I have a very early 1900s Craftsman-style shingle house.  Most of the house is in its original state with the exception of a couple of porches turned into rooms and the kitchen.  I am doing a kitchen redo while trying to be completely mindful of how it probably looked.  I am looking for historic looking stock cabinets with spring twist latches (not sure what they are…Continue

Started by I love old houses! in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by Richard Pryor Oct 14.

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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. …


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…


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

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