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Bill Hendrickson replied to Will H's discussion Insulation Question, Helpful Suggstions or Hints?
"I would think just about any Insulation company will do it. Just do you research for a good one. As I stated, ours advised against blown-in as it would get hung up on the plaster keys. He could have just said OK and got paid for a job that may not…"
15 hours ago
Will H replied to Will H's discussion Insulation Question, Helpful Suggstions or Hints?
"James, sadly there's nothing of value. I was hopefully myself but nope! Bill, you're right. There was a huge leak at some point however a new roof was placed before we bought it (about 3 years prior to us). I'll have to see if…"
15 hours ago
BMeyer replied to Ambrose Buldo's discussion Please help identify age and style of NJ House
"Don't date a house by it's style. Date it by its construction and material technology. Go into the attic framing and use this nail chart. It will tell you if you have a 1908 house or something much earlier.…"
16 hours ago
Tyler replied to Tyler's discussion Help Identifying house style!
"Good call, thanks. I don't know that I have any plans to do any work around there in the immediate future. Instead the Kitchen needs attention as does the bathroom. I'll post some other photos in my journal soon when I have some pictures…"
20 hours ago
Lair Tienter replied to LisaP's discussion Amazing Victorian w/ carriage house in need of restoration for sale 200K
"Sounds like I may be the only one who approves of LisaP's notice. Any where you can list a structure like this where it will find a good owner is a good place. The only thing I would change is the bold capital letters at the beginning.  I…"
21 hours ago
Bill Hendrickson replied to Will H's discussion Insulation Question, Helpful Suggstions or Hints?
"I see a lot of previousleak damage. New Roof I hope. Could definitely be foamed."
yesterday
LisaP replied to LisaP's discussion Amazing Victorian w/ carriage house in need of restoration for sale 200K
"There are other homes on the street not sale. 200k is already below market value. Not sure what you mean $150 vs $75. Owner is not intending to fix anything or it woukd be priced much higher. Can anyone tell me how to wsit my orignial post? Not…"
yesterday
James Olson replied to LisaP's discussion Amazing Victorian w/ carriage house in need of restoration for sale 200K
"I'll do it on behalf of the new owner. But I wouldn't restore it for resale unless I could do the same with one or two other properties on the street; to give the impression of a neighbourhood renaissance to recoup the investment. …"
yesterday

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Insulation Question, Helpful Suggstions or Hints? 21 Replies

Demo work has finally begun! Any suggestions for insulation? I was thinking R-19 as I live in Pittsburgh PA and the winters can often be wet and brutal.…Continue

Started by Will H in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by Bill Hendrickson 15 hours ago.

Please help identify age and style of NJ House 13 Replies

Glad to have found this forum.  First post.  Tax Records shows it was built in 1908, but home inspectors think it was build a lot earlier.   It is all masonary, both interior and exterior walls are over 1.5 foot thick.  Not sure of materials and finish. For exterior walls looks like stucco over stone..http://s1122.photobucket.com/user/abuldo/library/Our%20Old%20HouseContinue

Started by Ambrose Buldo in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by BMeyer 16 hours ago.

Help Identifying house style! 10 Replies

Hello, everyone! I'm new to the site, and a new (firstime) homeowner. I'm super interested in history and one must for a home has always been personality! I certainly found that with my first home pictured here:Sure, it's a bit of a fixer-upper, that's what I want! The only problem is, I don't quite have the style…Continue

Tags: unknown, identify, help, farmhouse, missouri

Started by Tyler in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by Tyler 20 hours ago.

Amazing Victorian w/ carriage house in need of restoration for sale 200K 23 Replies

BUILDERS, BUSINESS OWNERS, LANDLORDS, INVESTORS, this one is for you!! Convert to condos/ use for rental property/ or run a business! Looking for cash offers. Property needs work, but can restored to the beauty it once was. ENORMOUS amount of living space on 3 levels. Carriage house has been rented out as a single apartment. Room to finish another floor. Property is being sold ' as-is". Not a short sale or foreclosure! Please submit all offers no later than noon on September 1, 2014. Don't miss…Continue

Started by LisaP in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by Lair Tienter 21 hours ago.

Stair Safety Question/ Historick House 1 Reply

Readers; Here is a safety question for those, 'in the know'.. I have an 1860 house which will be rented, again, soon. Since it is not 05 minutes walk to a Middle School, I suspect it will have kids in it. Here is the problem. The 2nd floor is accessed by the steep, narrow stairs of the era. They end in a narrow(36 inches) hall, at one end of 20 feet. Just at the top of the steps, you turn right, and enter a bedroom(the nicest one in the house). Just today I took a 'fling' into the hall when I…Continue

Started by Mr. Charles ANTHONY in The Old-House Attic. Last reply by Bill Hendrickson yesterday.

House Contruction dates on the house

Readers; Following an early 19th century custom, I stenciled the date '1860' to the front boards of the top of the porch, just over the steps, as you enter the house.  And I thought, I have only seen 2 other houses this way.  Thus the question, how many of the Forum Members have a date stenciled(or ?) on their houses?   The one modern use of this is in publick buildings, US post office, built 1960. or ect.ThanksKilted TailorContinue

Started by Mr. Charles ANTHONY in The Old-House Attic yesterday.

What Year this Floor Covering? 2 Replies

Here is one for the flooring experts(& the Moderators, if this is in the wrong spot, please move.) I was takeing up the circa 1970 plywood floors in my 1860 house, and found this man-made, flooring material. It is dark red on the reverse, and about as thick as the cover on a 'dime novel'. Any idea of the year of…Continue

Started by Mr. Charles ANTHONY in The Old-House Attic. Last reply by Mr. Charles ANTHONY yesterday.

Pre-1900 home with some sections of unfinished flooring - need opinions 5 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 James Olson yesterday.

Ditto/close up of floor covering

Here is a close up detail. The flooring looks like some sort of early plastic materialKilted TailorContinue

Started by Mr. Charles ANTHONY in The Old-House Attic on Wednesday.

What Year this Floor Covering?

Here is one for the flooring experts(& the Moderators, if this is in the wrong spot, please move.) I was takeing up the circa 1970 plywood floors in my 1860 house, and found this man-made, flooring material. It is dark red on the reverse, and about as thick as the cover on a 'dime novel'. Any idea of the year of…Continue

Started by Mr. Charles ANTHONY in The Old-House Attic on Wednesday.

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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. …

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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…

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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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