Hello, I have been a subscriber to Old House Jpurnal since I moved into my 1870 Italianate in 1991. It was a rent a wreck heading for demolition. Not the fanciest of it's breed but in my price range and I like a challenge. Well, after 23 years I am finally getting ready to put a much needed bathroom upstairs . I would very much like to put in Lincrusta in the form of Dado panels around the walls but am hesitant to tackle the project myself. Why, because it's very expensive and I have not had…Continue
All - I'm having a difficult conundrum here. The original plan for this dining room was to have an orderly starfield pattern (with small metallic stencils) on the ceiling. Also a stenciled medallion. However, once I made the wood paneling and also stenciled the frieze panel, Im unsure if adding a starfield pattern to the ceiling would strengthen the room, or weaken it because of features competing for attention. Im also not entirely sold on the green center vs the rookwood red surround, but…Continue
I have several of these throughout my house. I wanted to order a replacement part for one but I can't find this same knob & latch anywhere online or in catalogs, in part because I don't know the proper name for it.Continue
I have a house built in 1914. The front porch is about 12ft x 25ft. It has 2 tapered box columns, one on each corner. They are constructed of 1x (Fir I believe) and nailed on the corners. I had believed that these were cosmetic and that there was a structural post inside these columns. I just found out that this is not the case. This is one big, heavy porch (slate roof). I'm mystified as to how it is still standing. Is this ok? Or should I add posts in the middle?…Continue
I was renovating my room this weekend and when I pulled down the outside wall I noticed that termites had munch on my house. The damage seems to be confined for the most part to the bottom 2x4 at the top of the wall. Do I need to treat the wood at all? I have real 2x4 redwood studs. Or do I just treat it for dry rot and make sure there is no structural damage? Thanks, MikeContinue
Started by Michael Cozad in Old Houses: 1900-1945 yesterday.
Even on Easter the house doesn't end!! Dining Room Update. Ceiling finished (in 1880's/1890s Aesthetic Movement stencil -- custom cut!) and server brought in. The same corner.Back in 2008 and today in 2014.Almost everything in this is hand made. I am so excited!(yeah, I went for the Star Field stencil).…Continue
I am stripping wall paper in a northern Michigan circa 1910 Farmhouse. The wall board is a rough green wall board that I have never seen before. Anyone have any clue what it is? How I can seal it after the wall paper is down for painting or re wallpapering? I was surprised that the walls weren't wet plaster, but then thought this is was such a rural area back then, in the middle of the area where forests were being cut down in the early 1900's. I am not surprised. But have not clue what…Continue
We're looking for homeowner horror stories for the June issue of Old House Journal—specifically about contractors gone awry. Share your tales of woe here! (Bonus: If we pick your story for the magazine, we'll tell you how to fix it, too.)Continue
I am posting this here as we are all interested in renovation of historic properties, but also because we enjoy the beauty and love they also represent.This has really got the historical preservation folks in our town excited, but it also has the rest of the folk as well. Not only will a well known Fred Harvey Hotel (Castaneda) be saved, but it will attract people to visit and businesses to be established.Some Pix:…Continue
Started by Bill Hendrickson in Old Houses: Pre-1900 on Saturday.
Readers; Here we go again, Project Number-Gee- I forget! First the details; I have a 'carriage house' stuck on the edge of my 1860 house, with a 'salt box' style roof. It is low enough at the back that I can reach up and touch the edge of the roof. The bldg. is set on a low cement wall, about 06 inches high. At the moment, the floor of the bldg. will flood every spring and every heavy rain. Now here is my 'cure' and please tell me if I am 'all wet' and should try something else! First off,…Continue
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!