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Christopher Driscoll commented on Christopher Driscoll's album

1906 Colonial Revival

"Thanks- I do. The home was designed by French architect Marius Rousseau for himself. There is stained glass in every room on the 1st and 2nd floors. It is believed to have been the 1st building in the country to have had a floor radiant heat system…"
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Deborah Anne Fransway posted a photo

Arched back of the great center chimney fireplace

Arched back of the great center chimney fireplace
1 hour ago
Deborah Anne Fransway commented on Christopher Driscoll's album

1906 Colonial Revival

"'Absolutely gorgeous home.  Do you know the history at all? Quite unique."
1 hour ago
Lair Tienter replied to Kory Krofft's discussion Need some paint advice
"I was always told to choose paint colors that have ground pigments.  I am under the impression that means the pigment is a solid chalk instead of a liquid form. I was told that it would have better coverage and last longer.  That…"
5 hours ago
Robert Hinkel replied to Robert Hinkel's discussion 1950s era red "vinyl" fabric for kitchen chairs
"Thanks!! You're right, that's an awesome look, thanks for that website. Unfortunately the decision is made and out of my hands, but if I get the chance to redo it right I'll know where to go for supplies."
5 hours ago
caseypratt replied to Robert Hinkel's discussion 1950s era red "vinyl" fabric for kitchen chairs
"You must go with the metalflake naugahyde!"
6 hours ago
caseypratt replied to TriDog's discussion Warming up to the Cover
"You did a great job on that. I envy the low, long shape of your rads. Mine are tall and narrow, and not really coverable. Casey"
6 hours ago
caseypratt replied to Kory Krofft's discussion Need some paint advice
"If at all possible, pick colors/paint brands that use earth pigments (like 125 years ago) rather than organic dyes, which can sun-fade. Some burgundy colors rely heavily on magenta dye. Casey"
6 hours ago


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Need some paint advice 2 Replies

We have enjoyed our old hose for over 20 years. It's preservation has has been a labor of love. When we first purchased it, the exterior was covered in asbestos hard shingles which we removed to expose the original wood siding which was in excellent shape. We hired a painter to strip and paint the house in the Victorian colors we wanted. The body being Merlot (burgundy) with green trim, rose and blue accents. The house has always drawn favorable attention with on passing couple telling us that…Continue

Started by Kory Krofft in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by Lair Tienter 5 hours ago.

1950s era red "vinyl" fabric for kitchen chairs 2 Replies

Looking for 1950s era red "vinyl" fabric for replacing on kitchen chairs that are cracking from age. Set includes matching red formica table with chrome legsContinue

Started by Robert Hinkel in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by Robert Hinkel 5 hours ago.

Warming up to the Cover 3 Replies

When we first moved into the house, we discovered a pair or radiator covers in the basement.  They were getting rusty due to some moisture problems down there, that have since been corrected.  They were both hauled out of the exile in the basement.  Amy had refinished the dining room cover a couple of years ago.  While #2 took up residence on the porch for a couple of seasons.  Or at least until I could get around to refinishing it.  This weekend, we had a neighbor help carry it to the…Continue

Started by TriDog in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by caseypratt 6 hours ago.

Basement window storms/screens 2 Replies

Looking for advice on adding storm/screens to my basement windows. Currently the windows have plexiglass screwed over them and they are caulked shut. I want to them to function so I can get some fresh air into my basement. The windows are above grade, no window wells or such. I don't want to use aluminium or vinyl storm/screens, I'd like to make some wooden ones. My question is how to secure them to the window frames. Do you use hangers just like the main house windows? I don't want to use turn…Continue

Started by psychochix in Old House How-To. Last reply by Repairman Jack 19 hours ago.

Help identifying style of 1925 house 1 Reply

My wife & I recently purchased our 1925 home and undergone a fairly extensive rennovation of the entire house (except the kitchen which we'll do later). As you can see from the photos, it mostly appears to be a bungalow but they eyebrow roof is unique. A quick check with the City revealed they didn't have the original blueprints unfortunately but I remain optimistic I'll be able to learn more about it.It was virtually 100% original when we bought it and we've tried to keep all it's original…Continue

Started by Scott Allen in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by Repairman Jack 19 hours ago.

Recommendation for wood kitchen counter 4 Replies

We're restoring a built in cabinet in our 1892 shingle style Victorian and are trying to determine the most durable finish we can use on the counter.  Choices are spar varnish/Helmsman, floor poly, or a product we saw in HD this morning that's an epoxy bar top finish.  Any suggestions?  ThanksContinue

Started by Daria Kachmar in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by Daria Kachmar yesterday.

Insulation 6 Replies

What is the best way to insulate the walls of an 1870's wood frame house with only German lap siding, no sheathing?I'm concerned that foam may rot the siding.  What about blown in fiberglass?  There is no moisture barrier and in some places where there are holes in the plaster I can see that moisture has gotten in over the years but the siding is not rotten.  I am afraid that all the work and money poured into the house will be wasted if the walls rot in 10-20 years.Please help.  The historic…Continue

Started by Randy Wagner in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by Robby Baker yesterday.

injection foam insulation in NH 2 Replies

Does anyone have any thoughts, advice concerning injection foam insulation? My 1940's era rental house needs to have two exterior walls insulated. A contract or friend had shown me an advertisement for Bay State Injection Foam. He had never worked with the company, but knew that I was trying to begin to tackle this problem.Is injection foam a viable method for an old house? Safe?Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.JuliaContinue

Started by Julia Steed Mawson in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by Robby Baker yesterday.

Hello from MS. Asking for information on the style of our house. 7 Replies

Hello, could anyone help me with the style of our new project? It was built in 1908 in Water Valley Ms. We recently added new shingles and I went back with original color of green. My mother lives in the house next door to the left. She grew up in the house located on the right. A lot of memories for our family on this block and we're so excited to have this home. Thanks in advance for any information.Continue

Started by Jerri Anne Davis in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by caseypratt on Wednesday.

Replacing the back stairway in a home. 1 Reply

Greetings all,Our old house was changed in the late 1920s with the removal of the back stairway from the second floor to the attic. The front staircase was changed going from the second floor landing area to building a stairway to the attic in what was the open to the ceiling stairwell. This addition was tied into the header above the window and covers stained glass. It is now pulling away from the wall and needs to be removed, restoring the stairwell to the original such I…Continue

Started by Mike Clark in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by Phil on Wednesday.

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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 — 4 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 — 7 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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