Hello all,We are trying to unravel several oddities in our "new" home, which we believe was built in the 1920s. In the center of the parlor and living room, the wood in the center of the floor is both a different type, and stained differently, than the wood around the edge of the room. Has anyone seen this before? I'd love your insight or even guesses!…Continue
Still researching our new property so we can come up with a plan. The local heritage commission states that large rectangular shaped opening has been rounded. However, several openings are rounded. Should we try to find squared out casing under all these openings or would rounded or arched openings have been appropriate on a formal home in 1885?Continue
What say you about this gas fireplace in the entry room? Tilework is nice, wooden box around it seems flimsy and not old enough to be original...For context, there is a newspaper article from 1910 that states house is outfitted with the latest amenities by a local gas company, so I'm pretty sure that fireplace would have been present by then....but it's ugly. Obviously, the ridiculous insert will have to go, but what about that mantle?Continue
Please share any advice! This house is very well known in our town and has a beautiful history, but interior fixtures, including original staircase, are long gone. Woodwork is there, but painted, floors look great, 2 gas fireplaces look original but non functional. Has sadly been split into apartments with inappropriate bathrooms and kitchenettes. Will be restored as close to original as possible. What kind of light fixtures, outlet covers, kitchen and bathroom design and features, etc.?…Continue
Hello, I'm new to this forum. Thanks in advance for any help you can give me. I've had this noise in my house, seems to be coming from only one section of the house, but I can't pinpoint where exactly. I live in a 1978 town house. 2 story. The noise is coming from the wall, maybe the floor above. I can't tell. It sounds like a chair is being dragged on the floor. Imagine when you get up from a chair and push it back and there is that echo from the screeching on the floor. Last night I recorded…Continue
Started by Jay Nouri in Old House How-To Feb 10.
I am wondering if there is such a thing as an affordable source for subway tiles that are flat without pillowed edges that can be grouted thinly. Can't beat the price of Home Depot's plain daltile subway tile but I am just looking for something a little more authentic for a 1914 kitchen. I had a Heritage Tile quote but at almost $20 a square foot, I just can't afford it! Any magic suggestions for inexpensive authentic look??Continue
Does anyone know the formula for calculating the number and size of venting necessary to vent large fluted wooden columns? They have a diameter of 32" at the base and 24" at the top and are 22 feet tall. Thanks for any help that can he offered.GaryContinue
Hello! I am new to oldhouseonline and also a new owner to an old home! It's a 1914 Arts and Crafts (with Victorian characteristics as well.) We are re-working the kitchen as our first project and have the cabinets and soapstone countertops in. We were not able to continue using the Quick Meal gas and wood stove (I may keep it as décor? Any ideas there?) so we have a new stainless modern range. I am looking to custom re-create a range hood that is looks appropriate for the period. Shape?…Continue
There is probably an easy answer to this question, but I can't seem to find it. Several years ago, I bought and restored/remodeled a 1929 craftsman. I kept all the beautiful old doors and hardware, even though my contractor couldn't remove the mortise locksets (they have been painted over MANY times and clearly not cared for). I put the doors with the most functional hardware on the main floor and my builder added newer knobs to the upstairs doors. He left the mortise hardware on the door…Continue
“Not long after we moved into our 1791 stone farmhouse, we realized we were not alone. A steady hum was coming from deep within our velvet-green living-room walls. Turned out, bees were living in there—thousands of them! We’ve managed to coexist for years. But now they’ve…Continue
Posted by Emily O'Brien on December 15, 2016 at 2:00pm
Thick walls, deep eaves, and high ceilings are all reasons why old houses feel cooler in hot weather and warmer in winter than more recent buildings do. Even so, many old houses lack insulation and central HVAC systems, making it hard to retrofit them with the latest in technological advances.
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Posted by Emily O'Brien on November 2, 2016 at 12:02pm
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