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2 hours ago
Kathy Horstman replied to Mr. Charles ANTHONY's discussion Firm doing Plaster repair sought
"You could get in touch with Rory Brennan at Brattleboro, Vermont.  He used to work the the This Old House crew, if he doesn't still.  If he can't do it himself, he could probably recommend someone who could. The way I…"
12 hours ago
Phil replied to joseph moore's discussion need cedar clapboard advice- uncommon dimension
"Red is better, but I would never pay for the upgrade if I were painting it.  We used white cedar siding shingles on an addition project in 2002.  I painted the siding (including southern, western and northern exposures) and I don't…"
13 hours ago
joseph moore replied to joseph moore's discussion need cedar clapboard advice- uncommon dimension
"Is white cedar as rot resistant as red?"
17 hours ago
joseph moore replied to joseph moore's discussion need cedar clapboard advice- uncommon dimension
"I'm definitely starting to lean this way. The front of the house is in the worst shape. I could remove it all off the front, tyvek it and install 1/2 by 8 beveled siding with the same 5 1/4 exposure as the old stuff. Then the wood I pulled off…"
17 hours ago
cblehmann replied to Mr. Charles ANTHONY's discussion "I" House Stairs? More Photos
"HI, I'm sorry that I can't really "read" this but two things: >Is there an addition to the side of the stairs that suggests they were moved (back? or ?) to accommadate a  new door? (You may have described this before, I…"
23 hours ago
cblehmann replied to Susan Bonser's discussion How do you fund restoration?
"I looked up your GoFundMe site and your  .com.    Nice  looking , maybe will start a trend -  Good luck! I like the advice to "tread lightly" and add, "go slowly, know your house well and watch really…"
23 hours ago
Tom owns a Barber #1 replied to PStewart's discussion Painting old Victorian roof stripes on an asphalt roof? Photo and suggestions...?
"Now that, sir, requires a picture! I love seeing what folks do to enhance their house with some color. I used 19 different colors on my house... "


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Firm doing Plaster repair sought 1 Reply

   We had occasion to visit the "Robert Frost State historic site', in Derry , NH. The farm is 1839? and it needs a pro at horse hair plaster repair.  Does any one out there know of such a firm/person for such a job?  Peg an email to me and I'll pass it along to the right folks at the Frost House.THANKSKilted TailorContinue

Started by Mr. Charles ANTHONY in Old-House Products. Last reply by Kathy Horstman 12 hours ago.

need cedar clapboard advice- uncommon dimension 5 Replies

I'm renovating the exterior of my 100+ year old house this summer. I took off all the aluminum siding and am in the process of sourcing out the trim and clapboards needed for repair. Most of the trim boards will be easy enough to replicate but the cedar clapboards are an unusual dimension.......1/2 X 6 1/8. Let me add that it is NOT beveled. It is 1/2 inch top and bottom....square cut. So if you can picture that....just these simple rectangular shaped boards. Well, some are cracked as one might…Continue

Started by joseph moore in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by Phil 13 hours ago.

"I" House Stairs? More Photos 1 Reply


Started by Mr. Charles ANTHONY in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by cblehmann 23 hours ago.

How do you fund restoration? 4 Replies

I am curious how others fund serious restoration projects. We are setting up a GoFundMe and Kickstarter. There are no grants or loan programs in our region for home projects--just commercial restorations. Any ideas? Would most appreciate! brickerfarm.comContinue

Started by Susan Bonser in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by cblehmann 23 hours ago.

Painting old Victorian roof stripes on an asphalt roof? Photo and suggestions...? 10 Replies

All -    Our house orginally had some pretty cool roof stripe designs painted on the cedar shingles. We now have asphalt shingles and that design is long gone. I can definitely make the stencil for this design out of luan and the stencil on the rood using either oil or latex paint, re-create the design as it was orginally. The stencil would be huge --- 3 1/2 feet X 4 feet. I know the exact design dimensions.   Can this be done on asphalt shingles and last? I ask this because there are places on…Continue

Started by PStewart in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by Tom owns a Barber #1 yesterday.

Green tinged siding 1 Reply

   After stripping my german siding I've noticed all the boards have a green tinged to them.  Is this remnants of the original paint color or an early version of pressured treated lumber?  The house was built in 1909.  Just curious if anyone knew.Thanks,Amanda (WV)Continue

Started by Amanda Stroud in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by Lair Tienter yesterday.

what kind of house did I buy? 5 Replies

It's in Austin, TX - supposedly built in 1907. I'm completely at sea with identifying styles, so any direction would help.thanks in advance!Continue

Started by matt desloge in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by Lois Groshong on Monday.

Cry Peccivi (sic) Stairway is not

Readers;  My Maybe Stair case is not such.  I did some more 'digging' and found a power tool was used to cut away OLD  1x16 fir planks. I found out that the narrow opening was once the home of some support pieces 45 inches apart, I did find two of them, and the clews as to were some were removed. It appears that the upstairs hallway was ripped up, circa 1950, to place yellow with perforated white plastic insulation on the 1st floor ceiling! My GUESS is they closed off the 2nd floor in the…Continue

Started by Mr. Charles ANTHONY in Old Houses: Pre-1900 on Saturday.

Mortar selection/availability 2 Replies

Hello,I have stone foundation in various states of repair.  A quick look around reveals the presence of older lime based mortar in places, and what appears to be concrete based mortar in others.  I've read through the threads on mortar selection, and I'm beginning to understand the differences.  The potential damage to brick necessitates the use of lime based mortar.  However, stone is stone, and my foundation has been standing for 300 years (200 under the kitchen).  I'm not really concerned…Continue

Tags: foundation, stone, mortar

Started by Jonathan VanderWoude in Old-House Products. Last reply by Jonathan VanderWoude Jul 18.

Do you live in a George F. Barber "pattern book" house? 86 Replies

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

Tags: pattern book, Queen Anne, George Barber, Victorian

Started by Chris DiMattei in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by Linda Palladino Jul 17.

Blog Posts

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. …


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…


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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