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Scott Antique Market at Atlanta Expo Centers

September 10, 2015 at 12:45pm to September 13, 2015 at 4pm
America's Favorite Treasure Hunt! We host the world's largest indoor antique show the second weekend of each month at the Atlanta Expo Centers. We have an amazing 3500 exhibit booths filled with antiques and collectibles. Our next show will be Sept…See More
James Olson replied to I love old houses!'s discussion The Counter Dilemma
"we believe you, Ken...sure we do :)"
Jim Quinn replied to Jim Quinn's discussion Introduction and Some Help
"Cat, Thanks for the compliment. Actually this side of the house is really hard to see because of the trees so not too many neihbors have seen what I've been up too. I started on this side since it was the north facin side and fiured it would…"
Leigh Semilof replied to Leigh Semilof's discussion sealing a new pine floor in a cupola
"Talked to the company that imports the German made coelan varnish. Expensive but sounds like the way to go. Nils, the president of the company was very helpful."
Ken klemmer replied to Leigh Semilof's discussion sealing a new pine floor in a cupola
"I agree with Casey in this situation, not much will keep it truly "waterproof" with any more exposure than a light mist.  Invariably every time i leave my windows open, that's the day we get a sudden thunderstorm and i have to…"
Leigh Semilof replied to Leigh Semilof's discussion sealing a new pine floor in a cupola
"Thank you for replying, I was getting a little discouraged that no one responded. This is an enclosed cupola on an 1870's Italianate. I would like to be able to open the windows for ventilation and to enjoy eating breakfast in the summer. It…"
Ken klemmer replied to I love old houses!'s discussion The Counter Dilemma
"Sorry, i should have mentioned that ours has a lightly honed finish, which gives it almost a silky feel. Not that i go around rubbing countertops... really :) "


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The Counter Dilemma 11 Replies

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

Started by I love old houses! in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by James Olson on Thursday.

Introduction and Some Help 21 Replies

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

Started by Jim Quinn in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by Jim Quinn on Thursday.

sealing a new pine floor in a cupola 5 Replies

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

Started by Leigh Semilof in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by Leigh Semilof on Wednesday.

Removing Wallpaper from 1840's built house 4 Replies

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

Started by F. Lynn in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by James Olson Jul 21.

Random Thoughts about Old Houses For Sale 6 Replies

- 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

Started by James Olson in The Old-House Attic. Last reply by James Olson Jul 21.

New Closet/Plaster/House history lesson 7 Replies


Started by Mr. Charles ANTHONY in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by caseypratt Jul 20.

Copper flashing ideas for covering aluminum 17 Replies

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

Started by Jill Perkins in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by Jill Perkins Jul 17.

1904 covered porch

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.

Anyone use Certainteed Grand Manor or Carriage House shingles? 5 Replies

It looks like the roof on our 1890's Victorian is shot and we need to replace it this summer.  It will be a complete tear off (2 existing layers of asphalt shingles).  Although the existing 1" sheathing looks good with only small gaps between the boards, we will probably do new plywood over the entire roof anyway just to be sure the new shingles have a good hold on something.  The roof is a 12/12 pitch with multiple valleys and ridges.  I'd like to do something different than the standard…Continue

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Started by John Ochman in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by John Ochman Jul 16.

Gutter decisions

My 1924 craftsman cottage does not currently have gutters. When I moved in there were half round probably close to original gutters on the house. I'm trying to decide on putting them back up but gutters look a little odd just stuck on the end of the rafter tails. I don't really want to put up fascia board because I want to keep things looking authentic. Was it common to put gutters on the rafter tails? I need to get the water away from my foundation. Any thoughts?

Started by Michael Costello in Old Houses: 1900-1945 Jul 16.

Blog Posts

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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