I am researching the work on noted "pattern book" architect, George F. Barber. Barber is credited with the creation of tens of thousands of homes, throughout the USA and Canada, by using a mail-order process that stemmed from Barber's pattern books and monthly periodical publications. Barber's designs were published between 1888 and 1908, with the first 12 or so years being largely designed in the Queen Anne Victorian style. Around 1900 Barber reluctantly began to incorporate designs in the…Continue
I have finally reached the point of not being able to stand the unfinished heart pine, or perhaps doug fir, kitchen floor in our 1903 Queen Anne home. We uncovered the original floor way back in 1998 when we bought the house and removed layers of plywood, vinyl, and linoleum. We were forced to remove all the layers due to previous tenants leaving dogs in our kitchen. After removing all the layers and exposing the original wood floor we chose to leave the wood floor exposed so it could dry…Continue
I've been doing some research trying to pinpoint the approximate age of my home. I would consider it a 1.5 story bungalow. The chain of ownership information that i'm finding through the court house seems to date it older than when bungalows came into fashion. Here are some things that may help date the home. - field stone foundation with stone faced block on top- brick insulation on exterior walls- plumbing cast iron house trapWhat other information would help date my home?…Continue
I am going crazy trying to find a way to repair these stair treads. I have never seen anything like them. They are pieces of carpet with brass trim around the edges. The carpet is backed with a thick cardboard type material. the edges of the carpet are sewn to the cardboard and then inserted in a brass channel which is then nailed to the tread and the riser. Each tread and each riser has a separate channel. The first of the attached pictures show the stairs in place.The second picture…Continue
Seller: James Stubbs. 3 Elm Court, Innisfil, Ontario, Canada. L9S1M8tel: 705 999 2150. EMail: firstname.lastname@example.orgCreated by master tinsmiths in the Owen Sound area of Ontario shortly after 1867 to celebrate the birth of Canada as a nation. -- Original portion soldered sheet metal. -- Damaged in Hurricane Hazel, Oct. 15, 1954 and removed from building. Specific location not determined. --Repaired by the late Mario of the Copper Shop, Hwy 11 north of Barrie, in 1975, and mounted on Victorian…Continue
Hi there-In case you haven't seen this floating around social media, I thought I'd post it here. It's our latest quiz to test your knowledge on old house styles. It's short and fun. Give it a try!http://www.oldhouseonline.com/test-your-knowledge/Best,Emily (Old House Journal production editor)Continue
I'm doing a little remodel work in the bath/laundry room and have been trying to replace the light switches to match those in the rest of the house. Even though my house was built in the 40's, the bathroom was a later addition (there were using an outhouse prior to that). I'd like to source some vintage toggle type switches that were used before the advent of the quiet switch (the ones that still made an audible "click" when used). Ever time I try search for vintage/antique switches all I can…Continue
Whether your house has a basement, a crawl space, or a root cellar, any space below grade is subject to water infiltration and its damaging effects. Let’s look at how to keep the water (and damp) out.
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Posted by Emily O'Brien on August 24, 2016 at 3:59pm
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!