We were led to believe that our home was a Sears home model kit. In looking through all of the old catalogues, I did not see a perfect fit, and from what I understand there was not much optionality in those kits. While records indicate the house was built in 1917, I have found newspaper used for insulation from 1935. Possibly just a coincidence but I have noticed that the home style seems to fit more closely with homes of the 30's.Any ideas on what home builder model we might have?Continue
Someone can help me figure out the style please. Built 1900 by the town physician, used as office and home. He was also the local railroad's surgeon.Any help with be fantastic for my future plans on fixing up the house, 2 questions...1. Victorian style correct?Just confused without the detailed work I have seen on most Victorians.2. What year or time frame did the metal porch braces start making appearances on front porches?I know the original house design would not have had the metal braces.…Continue
We purchased a 1900 era home in Andover NJ a year ago. The home was completely renovated and flipped but since it is an old home there are still a lot of air leaks and drafts. I have been sealing up what I can but there is still a large difference in temperature between the main floor and second floor. The home now has a central heat/AC system that works well in the summer but has its issues I the winter. The system operates on Propane which is on the expensive side. The heat warms the…Continue
Started by Donald Harris in Old Houses: 1900-1945 Nov 15.
Hello All,I am a first time home buyer, *this* close to making an offer on a house built in 1895.My husband and I are very artistic and handy and are looking forward to restoring, recycling, and upcycling as mush as possible.The one thing I find daunting about this house is the furnace/radiators were all drained a few years ago so the current owner has never used the system. He bought the house on a foreclosure intending to fix it up but never found the time. I don't have photos of the furnace…Continue
Located on a highly desirable cul-de-sac in Old Town Marblehead and steps from the Harbor, this charming, 1768 home features a living room with 9 foot ceiling beams, dining room with fireplace, a 7 foot window overlooking a private, landscaped back yard, and master suite with a reading room and fireplace. The house has 4 bedrooms and 3 full baths. Walk-in closets in each bedroom, three floors of finished living space, and ample storage make this home comfortable for a family of any size. The…Continue
Started by Nicholas Walton in Old Houses: Pre-1900 Nov 6.
We recently purchased our first home. It is located in Southern Minnesota and was constructed in the 1880's. I pulled back a bit of carpet to expose what I assume is the original flooring in the house. I spent a couple of hours sanding through layers of paint and a century of grime. Please help me identify what kind of wood I have in my floors and if it is worth restoring this flooring or continuing to cover it up. I would love to bring back some of the home's history, but it still has to look…Continue
Does anyone have any idea where I can get this glass replaced? I was trying so hard to be careful removing the crazy epoxy caulking that was barely holding the glass up, but.....this happened. No one in Salina, Kansas does this curved glass. Anyone have a source?
I'm finally planning to get serious about restoring my 1894 Queen Anne Victorian. One of the biggest issues is the condition of the siding. Most of it is weathered, cracked, and cupped with many layers of pealing paint (with lead). The original is made of cypress and has a decorative ogee curve on the bottom. Much has been replaced with a non-matching type. I have several sources for new basic 1x6 cypress beveled siding, and I can reproduce the ogee with a custom shaper bit. There's no question…Continue
We have just purchased a "Queen Anne" home and will be moving to from Oregon in December. The address is 128 W Main St, Sterling Kansas. We are told it is a copy of the original Governor’s Mansion in Topeka Kansas which later burned down.I am interested to know if this is a George F. Barber "pattern book" house, or any known information for restoring purposes.Is it possible to buy a copy of George F. Barber "pattern book"…Continue
We are purchasing this home. We know it was built in 1890 by a wealthy man for his daughter. It has an attached carriage home in the back. I am thinking gothic Victorian but there are no towers and no inside walls have paneling. So I think I may be wrong.I want to make sure any renovations we do help take it more period correct.Continue
Thick walls, deep eaves, and high ceilings are all reasons why old houses feel cooler in hot weather and warmer in winter than more recent buildings do. Even so, many old houses lack insulation and central HVAC systems, making it hard to retrofit them with the latest in technological advances.
By Mary Ellen Polson…Continue
Posted by Emily O'Brien on November 2, 2016 at 12:02pm