Hello everyone. This is my very first post. I was recently looking through the webpages of an architectural salvage store back east named The Demolition Depot. I happened upon a page with room paneling & wainscoting salvaged from a townhouse in Connecticut. But it wasn't the paneling which caught my eye but the wallpaper just above it. I completely fell in love with this pattern. I thought it may be a Bradbury pattern but it's not. Then I contacted at least eight other manufacturers…Continue
Hi everyone!I'm new to old houses, so pardon in advance for the millions of questions I'm sure to ask in the future.I have recently decided to "put my big girl britches on" and buy a house, as opposed to throwing money away on rent like I have been for the last few years. I've always loved the aesthetics of old houses, so it was natural for me to lean in that direction on my house search.We recently went under contract for a 3-bedroom 1904 colonial, and should be closing around mid-June. I'm…Continue
Started by Rosie Campos in Old Houses: 1900-1945 5 hours ago.
does anyone have experience with using old bathtub handles with modern valves? I have 3 American Standard cross handles, (hot, cold,and tub/shower diverter) with the tall escutcheons. I think they're from the 40s. The splines are different than what would fit on the modern valves. Are there such things as adapters? Could i have something machined? Could epoxy be used?Continue
https://scontent-atl.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xap1/v/t1.0-9/11038573_702224609761_8711339418102816413_n.jpg?oh=0128ae51a9e3e6fa76d76409624ab724&oe=55CE1B69I've just bought a house built in 1941 and I don't know if this doorbell is original to the house. The house does have many original touches but somehow this…Continue
I have a nearly complete set of OHJ issues from mid 1993 through late 1999, as well as a few earlier issues, that I no longer use. With a few exceptions (see list below), the individual issues are in good condition with only minor "shelf wear". They've been stored on bookshelves in my smoke free home since I received them new as they were published and have been lightly used.Here's a list of the issues I have, noting missing or damaged issues:March '84 (vol XII no 2) (bent/creased)March '91…Continue
Started by S. B. Harris in Swaps and Sales on Thursday.
I have a 1927 Tudor Revival with a shower that has its original white crackle glazed ceramic tile. Some of the tiles and the matching built-in soap dish are stained gray/black. It appears as if mildew has penetrated the tile glazing. They look dirty, but the stains are within the tiles, not on the surface.I've tried to use oxi-clean paste, spray cleaner with bleach and scrubbing paste with bleach to remove the stains. It is difficult to "soak" the tiles because the stains are on vertical…Continue
I thought this was a nice article with some great pics in the gallery, especially those funky 60's kitchens and groovy 70's kitchens.http://homes.yahoo.com/blogs/spaces/mint-condition-1940s-kitchen-a-true-labor-of-love-004639985.htmlContinue
Hello! I'm in the market right now for a bungalow in my area. While looking, I found one that has me a bit confused.This bungalow has a bay window on the side and no full front porch. My question is was the front porch removed some time ago, or does this look original? I just haven't seen any in my area with this type of architecture. It is listed as built in 1919.
I'm thinking about painting my old wood sided house. It needs a paint job and some minor structural work under overhangs, window frames etc. I've been using my Werner 28' fiberglass extension ladder for touch up - but it is anything but comfortable for long periods of time. So, I've been thinking: 1. Let contractors do the painting (they'll probably not want to get involved with minor carpentry)2. Buying myself either a scaffold, or pump jack system (24' +) - and doing the tasks myself in a…Continue
We have enjoyed learning about our old home, so much so that we created a site to capture our research. The reason I write is that it our C.1729 has a number of exposed re-used beams. Although this was commonplace, we may have reason to believe that the home started out as a single bay property. One of the reasons for this is that the house has a transverse summer beam on one side of the house and a longitudinal beam on the other. We would love to hear if there are any clues in the images that…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!