I just wanted to say hello, my wife and I just bought an old house in Bucks County PA this past week. The house was built in 1928 and like most older homes it needs some work to get it back to it's former glory. Most of the wood work is intact and will just need some touch up. There's cracking plaster and the floors need some work but we love it. Some work was done by the PO, some will stay and some will go but we will make it ours room by room. Please excuse the mess, we're still getting…Continue
I need to remove paint from two brick columns on my historic house. Suggestions for how to safely do that without too much damage to the brick mortar? Hopefully there is something that isn't too hard. Thank you!Continue
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
So, I am at the point of my restoration where some big kitchen decisions are required. My 1903 Old English/Craftsman needs a countertop decision. I really want Carrera Marble, but about 90% of the people I ask say "Forget it!" Blogs and Forums have plenty of stories written by happy kitchen marble people. I definitely want a natural stone. I will also be considering soapstone, but I would have to give up on the white countertop idea. I always get wonderful advice from you, so lay it on me.Continue
Hi, I am looking for advice on what is the best product to use on a new pine floor that I have installyed in my cupola. I was planning on using Gymseal but that is no longer made. I am not a fan on polyurethane and have looked at the General Finishes water based urethane varnishes, and the Epihipines (sp) products without much enthusiasm. What about using marine spar varnish? Any advice would be much appreciated. The product has to resist scuffing, and be waterproof as I open the cupola in the…Continue
What are the best strategies for removing wallpaper from a very well maintained 1840' built house. Someone lived here approx. 3 years ago. We want to paint the walls.I just read article on 'How to Strip Wallpaper' from This Old House.Continue
- Why do so many old houses, especially those most in need of saving, have to be in places I'd never want to live? Why can't more be in ME, NH, VT, NY, NJ, VA, MD, DE, CT, RI?- While fully restored houses are nice to visit; I'd never want to buy one.- The price to restore an old house seems to be 33% for the property and 66% for the restoration (if it's in "livable" condition to begin with). If condemned, the numbers seem to be 10% for purchase and 90% for restoration.- Don't tell me that old…Continue
Been awhile since I sought advice from the forums. Getting ready to camouflage this ugly aluminum flashing with some patinaed copper. I have a roll of 6" wide copper. Obviously I will have to cut it and shape it to fit around the arch. I intend to use industrial adhesive to glue it to the aluminum. Any ideas on what shapes might look best and most storybook? Rounded curves, tudor arch, squared edges? No room for error once I cut the copper! Thanks all!Continue
We are planning on moving to Beloit WI and while searching Zillow I saw a house in desperate need of somebody who cares. Advertised as handyman's special. Awwww, those fateful words. Now the ceiling damage I know needs to be fixed and how. Needs a better kitchen, etc. That isn't the part that makes me go ummm. At some point in it's life somebody enclosed the porch. I know it was a porch, the house is a four square and I can "see" it with a porch. I of course wouldn't leave it enclosed…Continue
Started by Tanya in Old Houses: 1900-1945 Jul 17.
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!