Hello,My husband and I are in the process of buying a pre-1900 home. It has been very well maintained and is very lovely... we feel like there isn't much we need to do to make it suit our personal tastes! However, we discovered that a lot of old homes often had a section in the middle of certain rooms (dining/parlour rooms) where the floor was left intentionally unfinished because back in those times people just did that since they intended to cover those sections of flooring with large area…Continue
I have a problem (of course!). My kitchen drain pipe goes into the basement, where it empties into a tile which leads outside to the cistern. Yesterday, I noticed it was backing up into the basement, and ran a hose through the tile to try to open it up.The blockage is about 7 feet from the house, and so I went out to the access tile, which is also blocked up. After trying to wash it out with the hose, I finally decided to stick my arm down in there to see if I could feel anything.(I would not…Continue
Started by Shelley Reimer in Old Houses: Pre-1900 20 hours ago.
We have 5 Crates of Wall Travertine Wall tile. (non filled inclusions) Reclaimed from the Louis Schwitzer mansion that was demolished last year. yet to actually measure the sq. footage, but we will try. some have mitered corners. 1" thick. 1930's era. accepting best offer. Thanks for looking. IF this is in the wrong area, we apologize, seems swaps and sales has changed a bit since i posted on it years back. thanks.…Continue
Started by Greg Neff in Swaps and Sales 22 hours ago.
Hello,I am new to the site and am hoping some one can help me with a question about my house. I have a ~1915 Victorian house in upstate NY.Here is an image of the house when we purchased it.Here is a scan of a photo we were given of the house back in the day.…Continue
The heirs of the GT Wilburn Estate are offering this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own a genuine piece of Americana real estate. The heirs are seeking a visionary buyer to acquire this historic property. A unique investor who appreciates and will dedicate his/her ownership and stewardship to extend the 200- year history of this fantastic, legendary place in America’s history.…Continue
Our house was built in 1864. As the result of several renovations, there are about a dozen doors in our attic. They are heavy, solid wood doors.. I am sure they are worth something to the right person. We are located in DeKalb, Illinois. Any ideas?Continue
We have about a dozen old doors from our 1864 house that we would like to sell as is. They are primarily interior, but some have windows. Price: Best offer. We are in DeKalb, Illinois. email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 815-756-4981 for information. Continue
Started by Elaine Cozort in Swaps and Sales on Saturday.
We found a box style newel post at an antique store and want to retrofit it to where the original back stair case was. The retrofit will be minimal and i will have to "wrap the bottom in new quarter sawn oak" and move a tiny molding up on a couple sides to accommodate the first step. With the 'new oak' going on there, we will have to match the stain, and then the finish - hence the problem.I would love to match the old finish on the newel and wonder if there is a technique that will mimic the…Continue
Hello,I'm working to restore the front porch of my 1909 home. It appears at one time there were brackets between the posts. You can see where the paint was removed that there were decorative items mounted. I'd like to find something that respects the four square style and the period it was built. We are in a neighborhood with various Arthur Pillsbury homes, but have not been able to locate any photos of our home. Any ideas what the brackets and rafter tails may have looked like? We were…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!