In May we purchased an 1865 house. (You can watch the videos). It is close to the center of town and was probably built and owned by one of the bigwigs in the town. Many of the old houses that are in the center of town have names (i.e. The Adams House, The Marble Mansion, etc.) Our house does not have a name. My husband & I have talked about naming it (or should I say that I have been talking about it). My husband suggested that we should find out who was the original owner and name it…Continue
Hi! Wow, I used to be a member here but for some reason my email is no longer recognized. Anythow...Down to the wire and this forum is the only place I trust an answer from!! We are reroofing our 1897 dutch colonial. We are going with GAF slateline shingles, as we cannot afford the slate. The north side of the house, under the steeper part of the gambrel/mansard roof gets really cold (we are in PA) [I hope I’m calling things the right way: the roof has a very steep portion, almost vertical,…Continue
Hi,I have an 1897 dutch colonial house. On the walls of all stairs is wallpaper which has been painted over a number of times. Despite this, the texture is quite lovely, and I really want to keep this as I repaint the staircase. The problem is that the wallpaper is now very thick, and it has cracked and lifted from the plaster wall in a number of spots. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to reattach it in a way that it won't peel back off? I am sure it won't be perfect, but I'd like to not…Continue
Started by Antonella in Old Houses: Pre-1900 on Monday.
We purchased our 1890 home a little over a year ago. We have hot water radiators. We were told that the oil burner (Burnham V8 series) was about 10 years old. There is now a natural gas line being installed all the way down my street. I have applied for NG service, at the very least I have the NG jets for my kitchen range, which is now running off of LP.I have gotten conflicting information about whether the burner can be converted by replacing the gun. One contractor said no, our fuel…Continue
I'm hoping someone might be able to point me to resources about rehabilitating the piers and foundation sills on an 1890 wood frame house.Any online resources I should know about?CharlaContinue
In the course of investigation that has led me to believe that our 1827 brick federal was built NOT "on the site of the 1791 original house" but rather, having made a walk-out cellar of the original one story structure, we also have discovered evidence of original load bearing walls being removed. The floors sag in the main and 2nd floors, in fun-house fashion. The heavy staircase, has almost *nothing* supporting it from the cellar. There's not a single lolly in place, anywhere in the house,…Continue
After a huge move from Kentucky to Pennsylvania we are about to close on a new home and start a new chapter of our lives, which will, of course, involve restoring our third old house.We're feeling confident about tit since this time we chose a masonry home and had the best inspector in the county - our last home was wood framed clapboard, shingles and some 1970's vinyl. It was in such disrepair (thank you horrible home inspector who missed everything) that we had a "to do" list a mile long and…Continue
What is the goal in "restoring" an old house? I'm sure the orthodox dogma is "Bring it back to its original or as close as possible". So someone who loves 1957 buys a house built in the 1957, "restores" it to the best fashions of 1957, and fills it with the appliances and furniture featured in the home magazines and catalogs of 1957. But did they "do it right"?Here's my heresy: If you go to great pains to ensure that every item and feature of your home is "of the era", you're probably doing it…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!