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Lois Groshong added a discussion to the group 2001 Restoration of a Colonial Home
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Historic Restorations

   Some people have called us "dinosaurs" and some folks call us "old fashion", not in a good way. Because our philosophy for building is not what the 20th century had been giving us. We build to last, using the best materials and using the best…See More
4 hours ago
Lois Groshong replied to Susan Bonser's discussion How do you fund restoration?
"Hi Susan, It is a hard task to care for an older home. My husband and I have a family owned and operatered construction business, we specialize in 18th, 19th, and early 20th, century structures, We have been in this niche for 15 years. please do not…"
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Scott Antique Market at Atlanta Expo Centers

August 7, 2014 at 12:45pm to August 10, 2014 at 4pm
America's Favorite Treasure Hunt! We host the world's largest antique show every second weekend of the month at the Atlanta Expo Centers. We have an amazing 3500 exhibit booths filled with antiques and collectibles. We also host an antique show in…See More
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Amanda Stroud posted a discussion

Green tinged siding

   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…See More
7 hours ago
Lair Tienter replied to Susan Bonser's discussion How do you fund restoration?
"I guess I don't understand the question.  After restoring 30 plus homes I didn't realize there was any other way to fund this besides a savings account.  You save money, buy an old house, then spend all your savings fixing it up.…"
9 hours ago
cblehmann replied to Susan Bonser's discussion How do you fund restoration?
"Sort of sobering - the lack of replies. We use savings, equity loans.  We haven't done this one - 5th/3rd Bank has a  loan that will lend according to the finished value, maybe it's a contractor's loan.  We  are…"
19 hours ago
Lois Groshong replied to matt desloge's discussion what kind of house did I buy?
" The side by side front doors are common in Pennsylvaina from the German vernacular. You know builders like to do their own thing. House does look cozy."
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Mal & Greg replied to PStewart's discussion Painting old Victorian roof stripes on an asphalt roof? Photo and suggestions...?
"That's a brilliant idea!  I'm currently repainting old galvanized exterior building crown,  (36 feet up!)  I'm using the behr acrylic paint/ primer,  and i find it sticks really well to most surfaces.…"
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How do you fund restoration? 3 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 Lois Groshong 5 hours ago.

Green tinged siding

   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 7 hours ago.

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 yesterday.

Painting old Victorian roof stripes on an asphalt roof? Photo and suggestions...? 8 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 Mal & Greg on Sunday.

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.

"I" House Stairs? More Photos

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

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

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Started by Jonathan VanderWoude in Old-House Products. Last reply by Jonathan VanderWoude on Friday.

need cedar clapboard advice- uncommon dimension 2 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 on Friday.

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 on Thursday.

Stair Location - an "I" House

Readers;  Here is one for guess work & perhaps a bit of educated guessing as well. Background 1st: I have an "I" house, a rectangular  building that was once 16' wide and 30 ft. long. An addition was added to one end, of 10 ft.length. It is 'balloon construction' it appears. The current stairs are at the end of the…Continue

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

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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. …

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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…

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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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