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
Would like to get some input from the group on how much to budget for a porch rebuild. My Kansas home was originally built with a porch, but it was lost in a 1920’s remodel. The porch foundation still exists, and one side is present (as a glassed in 3-season sun porch), but the main porch on the front of the house is gone. I would like to restore the porch, retain (with upgrades) the existing sun porch, and incorporate a porte-cochere over the driveway. The Wilderstein house in NY serves as the…Continue
I am looking for recommendations for wood epoxy. I have windowsills that are deteriorating from sun with grooves. they are not rotten. I want to fill in the grooves and smooth the surface. Any recommendations?Thanks JeffContinue
Hi everyone. This question is for the experts in old stone houses and masonry. My son is considering buying a stone house that is currently vinyl sided over possible portland mortar over early 1800's limestone. Here's my concern; the house is covered throughout the interior in hard board or masonite type wall board, (some like paneling, some like fake brick) We don't know how it is framed. All of this is bowed with moisture, and moldy. There is even a hard reddish ball of fungus at the…Continue
Amazing Victorian! Looking for a new owner to restore this gorgeous property to its original beauty. Beautiful cherry built-ins, Greek key inlaid parquet, several fireplaces, marble tile, leaded glass, unique wood trims.... just to name a few of the stunning features of this home. ENORMOUS amount of living space on 3 levels. Separate carriage house adds to the charm and usage of this property! Call for more information! This one is just looking for a little love!!! Lisa 508-733-6447Continue
I have some excellent interior doors in the 1856 home I just bought out of foreclosure. No paint on them at all. The wood is dry as a bone. I am torn on what to do. Just oil them, or oil and poly? If just oil, what type? Tung? hemp? lemon?Also need to treat my gorgeous, original walnut bannister and kneul post.Any advice appreciated.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
Walking up the driveway, with my bundle of mail cozily wrapped in the April 2015 issue of OHJ, something felt different. Laying the magazine flat I thought I saw it but I couldn't be sure. Beau pulled on his leash to sniff something in the snow and my attention diverted to him. Later I would figure it out.Yep, it's narrower (by 1cm) and 15 pp. thinner. I can live with that, this time. But the real surprise wasn't noticed for a few days. The shape of the text layout on the masthead looked…Continue
Started by James Olson in The Old-House Attic on Thursday.
I just purchased a 1894 Folk Victorian (I believe) in a tiny little town in Eastern Oregon. I did not set out to own an historic home! I fell in love with this house when I first moved to the area 5 years ago and when it came on the market I jumped at the chance to own it. I bought it because it looked like home, like a place to finish raising my kids, and then a place for the grandkids to come on weekends, summers and holidays. After moving in, I kept discovering all the amazing things in…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!