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Jenn replied to Jenn's discussion Need help with this one!
"Okay Thank you for the help"
12 hours ago
John replied to John's discussion Intro, new homeowner
"here's an updated shot with the hot tub hut thing…"
12 hours ago
John replied to John's discussion Intro, new homeowner
"Thank you!"
12 hours ago
caseypratt replied to Jenn's discussion Need help with this one!
"Foursquare is not a style or a period, it's just a floorplan. There were Tudor-ish, craftsman-ish, Mediterranean-ish, colonial revival, etc., foursquares. Casey "
12 hours ago
Jenn replied to Jenn's discussion Need help with this one!
"So even though it may not exactly be a foursquare. In restoring it, would it be safe to say that I should add plumbing fixtures, lighting fixtures, paint colors, etc.. typical to a foursquare and just follow that theme."
13 hours ago
Jenn replied to Jenn's discussion Need help estimating build date of Colonial
"Additional Photos of Interior. You can see in the pictures of the living room the severity of the foundation issue."
13 hours ago
Jenn replied to Jenn's discussion Need help estimating build date of Colonial
"I also believe 1910 or so. I took a lot of photos. Sure was disappointed in condition. Major problem with foundation and Mold on walls in some rooms. The entire kitchen floor was rotted. But any way here are some photos of foundation. It had a…"
13 hours ago
caseypratt replied to Jenn's discussion Need help estimating build date of Colonial
"I would agree with 1910 based on outward appearances, but I think it's worthwhile to dig a little deeper because the house is sitting so close to the ground. This can indicate a much earlier date; very early settler-type houses were often built…"
15 hours ago


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Need help with this one! 8 Replies

My wife and I have a friend who just informed us she will be relocating and therefore will be selling her house. She knows my wife and I are looking and will give us the first choice to buy. The plumbing has been completely redone and the house has nice original character on the interior, but unfortunately much of the character has been lost on the exterior due to an 80's renovation. The house does still have original windows, but covered by storms. My questions are could someone help me…Continue

Started by Jenn in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by Jenn 12 hours ago.

Intro, new homeowner 8 Replies

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

Started by John in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by John 12 hours ago.

Need help estimating build date of Colonial 8 Replies

I'm interested in possibly purchasing a Colonial. The house needs a fair amount of work such as leveling, removing vinyl siding, etc... It definitely has potential. I need help estimating a build date. I was told by a neighbor that it was bricked at one time, but brick was removed and replaced with wood siding. Don't know if that helps any. Also don't know if bay windows are original. Continue

Started by Jenn in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by Jenn 13 hours ago.

Behr Deckover?? anyone ever try it? 2 Replies

Anyone every try the Baer Deckover product on concrete?  Any thoughts or similar products that you have tried that worked for you?  I am going to resurface the front concrete porch floor and this product looks good but I have seen +5 reviews as well as +1 reviews.  Experiences? thoughts?Continue

Started by Stacie L. Herman-Laurence in Old-House Products. Last reply by Stacie L. Herman-Laurence on Monday.

Cape Breton Farmhouse, 100 acres, pond, just painted, just beautiful $119,900. 1 Reply

Cape Breton Farmhouse for sale! Please contact Sherry Macleod for more info, and make a time to see it: Sherry: 888 625 0302 at Cape Breton Realty or call me 413-657-5427 or email: …Continue

Started by S. Thalia Marcoux in Swaps and Sales. Last reply by S. Thalia Marcoux on Monday.

hinterland colonial windows

hi i sell all kinds of colonial windows and doorscheckout my on my facebook page

Started by ken douglas in Old Houses: Pre-1900 on Monday.

Cork floor repair 3 Replies

According to the house plans, the upstairs in my house built in 1953 was never intended to be finished. It is attic-hot in the summer.  This might have contributed to the peeling of the edges of the cork floor.  The floor is solid cork (I have no idea how deep the cork is) with an overlay of a very thin layer that gives the appearance that the floor is pegged.  The movers kicked off a piece of the top layer.Can I do anything with this floor?  I know cork can be refinished sometimes, but this…Continue

Started by Celia Oxley in Old Houses: Post-World War II. Last reply by Celia Oxley on Monday.

Sandbox in the attic? 3 Replies

I am a building consultant in New England, and have worked on a few late 1800's/early 1900's buildings and found a 2' by 2' square box (made with 2x8s or 2x10s) of sand in the attics. The attics are wood framed, and also had fire equipment like hose boxes and stand pipes in some attics. I've also seen it in Old church bell towers. Was the sand a fire measure? Has any one else seen these or know what they were for?Thanks!Continue

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Started by Alison Keay in The Old-House Attic. Last reply by Mr. Charles ANTHONY Aug 27.

Design Dilemma for Two Outdoor Adornments 9 Replies

We have a design dilemma. We recently removed all the bushes/shrubbery from our front yard, and we are looking for two outdoor adornments, preferably in cast iron. The items need to be historically accurate, approx. between 1840's-1920's. (If they're created by a craftsman, we would consider replicas.) Since our home is symmetrical, we'd prefer to purchase two identical items, or two items that are mirror images; we plan to center them in the front yard, close to the house, below the sandstone…Continue

Started by Cal Hillesland in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by Cal Hillesland Aug 25.

Removing drywall from plaster ceiling? 4 Replies

Hello, I am restoring the plaster in our 1906 Colonial Revival.  The walls are easy enough.  I’ve been using Plaster Magic to repair cracks and bounces.  It’s working great.  I’m going to skim coat after that.  I’ve never done any plaster work, but I’ve practiced on plywood, and can now get a pretty smooth coat.  My dilemma is regarding the plaster ceilings covered with drywall by the previous owner.  I really want to remove the drywall and restore our plaster on the ceiling.  I am an admitted…Continue

Started by Terri in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by Lair Tienter Aug 25.

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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. …


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 — 3 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…


Posted by John Poole on September 26, 2012 at 1:30am — 7 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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