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James Olson replied to Adam Melero's discussion Yikes. I just bought an 1898 Victorian.
"Hello, Adam (& partner), Congratulations.  I don't think it looks so bad.  I'd call this a Shingle Style (which is roughly "transitional" between Victorian and Craftsman...styles don't change overnight,…"
26 minutes ago
James Olson replied to James Olson's discussion Bargeboard Installation, or Not.
"Thanks for your input.  Nothing will be done before next Summer but I'm a long-term thinker of things so now is good time to start.  Besides, it gives us time to look for reclaimed...if possible."
1 hour ago
James Olson replied to James Olson's discussion Bargeboard Installation, or Not.
"Casey, "I'm sure you're busy shoveling out right now."  - The pic is nearly two yrs. old.  I used this pic because the pine tree branches are being held down and, as a result, more of the house can be seen. …"
1 hour ago
Mal & Greg replied to Kristin 's discussion Can you help figure out what kind of wood this is?
"Looks like birch to me.  I had ash floors and in mine there was much more visible grain and pores.  --Mal"
1 hour ago
Adam Melero posted a discussion

Yikes. I just bought an 1898 Victorian.

Hi, I have always loved old homes and had the opportunity to buy an 1898…See More
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Lair Tienter replied to Kristin 's discussion Can you help figure out what kind of wood this is?
"It looks to my like it could be ash.  Ash looks like oak in a lot of ways but not as defined grain and not as hard as oak.  It will be interesting to see what others have to say.  Lair"
4 hours ago
Kristin posted a discussion

Can you help figure out what kind of wood this is?

I'm trying to figure out what kind of wood this is.  The house was built pre-1900 in central Minnesota.  White oak appears to be the main wood in the construction of the house, but when it comes to identifying old forest cut flooring material, I…See More
17 hours ago

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Yikes. I just bought an 1898 Victorian. 1 Reply

Hi, I have always loved old homes and had the opportunity to buy an 1898 Victorian and so my partner and I did. The house had been neglected and unoccupied for the past 4 years.  Fortunately the interior of the house has not been ruined by any bad remodels.  Besides some large projects (fixing the foundation and electrical) the…Continue

Started by Adam Melero in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by James Olson 26 minutes ago.

Bargeboard Installation, or Not. 5 Replies

A few weeks ago my wife and I went to Cape May, NJ.  For me it felt like "going home" (to a slower, bicycle friendly place).  For her it was a comparison in contrast to growing up on Long Island (NY).  And, as I posted elsewhere, I got to see Lincrusta in person (and in use) for the first time.  But we both came away with two trains of thought:1) my inclusion of such a large second floor porch, on our "New Old House", is not without such precedent as I had thought (Victorian equivalents are…Continue

Started by James Olson in Old House How-To. Last reply by James Olson 1 hour ago.

Can you help figure out what kind of wood this is? 2 Replies

I'm trying to figure out what kind of wood this is.  The house was built pre-1900 in central Minnesota.  White oak appears to be the main wood in the construction of the house, but when it comes to identifying old forest cut flooring material, I lose.  It may be hard to tell by the photo, but the wood is much finer grained than oak but not as much as maple.  Its perfectly clear throughout both rooms and has a light brown unfinished appearance.  The floor is believed to have likely been sanded…Continue

Started by Kristin in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by Mal & Greg 1 hour ago.

Some authentic color schemes 19 Replies

Here are twenty-four authentic late-Victorian color schemes taken fromhttps://archive.org/details/CatalogueAndPriceListOfTheManufacturesOfTheLoweBrothers.  Its date is not given, but is 1893 or later.  Since the paint cans shown in it don't have the Sherwin flange-top, it's not much later.The greens have darkened to black and I don't think "Grayish Green" was meant to be the light pink it now is. …Continue

Started by Ed Ferris in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by Ed Ferris on Saturday.

need rainscreen advice from anyone who has installed one -using plywood strips 4 Replies

Hi. I recently posted about the back wall of my house which I more or less totally rebuilt and added sheathing to. Previously there was none. My concern in my other post had to do with flashing the windows since the ones I am using are re-purposed old windows and have no nailing fins/flanges.There were many great responses to that and I am a lot clearer on that aspect of things now.     I had been toying with the idea of doing a rain screen on the back wall. I will be using pine novelty siding.…Continue

Started by joseph moore in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by James Olson on Saturday.

Historic Looking Stock Cabinets? 9 Replies

I am a first-time poster, but I suspect I will be posting a lot in the future to seek assistance from you helpful folks.  I have a very early 1900s Craftsman-style shingle house.  Most of the house is in its original state with the exception of a couple of porches turned into rooms and the kitchen.  I am doing a kitchen redo while trying to be completely mindful of how it probably looked.  I am looking for historic looking stock cabinets with spring twist latches (not sure what they are…Continue

Started by I love old houses! in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by Bill Hendrickson on Friday.

what tool to use to cut underlayment? 3 Replies

So here's my problem:  I have to rip up old plywood underlayment in order to do a new floor (can't leave it in place...cat pee..don't ask...ughh).  Unfortunately, after the underlayment was put in, someone re-partitioned the space and also installed several built-in cabinets on top of the underlayment.  So in order to get he underlayment out, I either have to rip out several cabinets and walls, including studs, or I have to figure out how to cut the underlayment where it intersects each wall…Continue

Started by Richard Pryor in Old House How-To. Last reply by Lair Tienter Sep 24.

Flashing old windows in new construction wall- no nailing flange 6 Replies

I have a question that I'm hoping some of you have experience with. The back wall of my 100 year old house was in bad shape....sagging with a rotted corner post etc. It had novelty style drop siding(shiplap joint)  on it with no sheathing whatsoever. It was just siding nailed directly to the balloon frame with heavy rosin paper in between. Since many changes were being made to the wall ( a window where there used to be a door for a 2nd floor egress, a door where there used to be a window on the…Continue

Started by joseph moore in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by James Olson Sep 20.

House Dates 13 Replies

Readers; Here is a Question for the Pros; Background first.  I have an 1860, by County Records , 2 story House. Just today I was fixing the 2nd floor hall and found the above 'Constructed  3/22/86 by Joe, Mark &  ?  This house has an 11x16 addition , with some odd posts all around the interior, see my older photos. …Continue

Started by Mr. Charles ANTHONY in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by Mr. Charles ANTHONY Sep 19.

Plaster lath time line 3 Replies

Here is an 'easy' one, I hope!   What is the earlyist date for the wooden lath on a wall, to be the standard, thin, narrow, and short uniform size?  I know there was an earlier style.   The reason it is asked. I have most of the 2nd floor walls done with this sort of work, and it will give me a clew as to the dates of renovations.ThanksKilted TailorContinue

Started by Mr. Charles ANTHONY in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by Mr. Charles ANTHONY Sep 18.

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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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