I've never removed a turn of the century brick walkway and am wondering what, if any, base preparation was performed before setting the bricks in place? Does anyone here have first hand experience? What did you find under the brick walkway to indicate what was done in terms of base preparation?I'm thinking of setting our 2x4x8 concrete pavers directly on graded, undisturbed soil. Given I'm making walkways (not driveways) on Long Island (sandy soil w/ mild coastal Winters) I'm wondering if the…Continue
So, I am at the point of my restoration where some big kitchen decisions are required. My 1903 Old English/Craftsman needs a countertop decision. I really want Carrera Marble, but about 90% of the people I ask say "Forget it!" Blogs and Forums have plenty of stories written by happy kitchen marble people. I definitely want a natural stone. I will also be considering soapstone, but I would have to give up on the white countertop idea. I always get wonderful advice from you, so lay it on me.Continue
Hi, I am looking for advice on what is the best product to use on a new pine floor that I have installyed in my cupola. I was planning on using Gymseal but that is no longer made. I am not a fan on polyurethane and have looked at the General Finishes water based urethane varnishes, and the Epihipines (sp) products without much enthusiasm. What about using marine spar varnish? Any advice would be much appreciated. The product has to resist scuffing, and be waterproof as I open the cupola in the…Continue
Started by Leigh Semilof in Old Houses: Pre-1900 on Tuesday.
We paid a bit extra for copper flashing along the open valleys on our roof. After about 9 mos. it started fading from "shiny penny" to russet brown. Now, after 3 yrs., it's a dark grey-brown with splotchy rust-looking spots. I can't quite tell if it's rusting or just changing colour. I'm not finding much internet info. on diagnosing whether or not we got copper plated or low copper content flashing that won't ever patina to blue-green.…Continue
What are the best strategies for removing wallpaper from a very well maintained 1840' built house. Someone lived here approx. 3 years ago. We want to paint the walls.I just read article on 'How to Strip Wallpaper' from This Old House.Continue
Started by F. Lynn in Old Houses: Pre-1900 on Monday.
Immediate Need: 200 sq.ft.*Needed in Summer 2015: 500 sq.ft.*Needed in 2016: 1,600 sq. ft.*** Can be pre-1920s architectural brick (will be installed, as paver, on side)**Must be pre-1920's street spec. pavers, predominately red(dish) (installed flat, must withstand heavy vehicular load).Prefer sourced from (in order of preference):1) Jamestown, NY2) Southern Tier (NY) Counties of Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Allegany3) Northeast U.S.A.Shipping Terms: F.O.B. Destination (Nesconset, NY) (shipper…Continue
HI all,its been 6 years since I posted here and now I am looking to replace our 1909 front walk. I have been babying it for several years because I don't want a new looking concrete walkway. Does anyone have suggestions on how to recreate that heavy aggregate aged look without using dyes or stains? I love the look of our walkway but its just falling apart now and I have to do something for safety's sake. Photos of the entire walk and a close up of the texture that I really love and want to…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!