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Marya Makuc posted a discussion

Hearts Carved in Door

I have a question regarding the door in a Massachusetts home built c. 1760 for a…See More
11 hours ago
Denise M Costley replied to Karan Andrea's discussion Any Experience with Bathtub Refinishing?
"Since I saw there was a comment on this thread, I wanted to give an update on the results of the 511 Porous Plus Sealer I put on the tub 10 months ago. I clean it only occasionally  with boric acid and I still think it looks great. It in no way…"
Sally Grin replied to John's discussion Help Identifying House Type - Exterior Color Ideas
"Very nice house. Completely agree with the previous speakers. It's not so easy to choose the right color pallette for a house. When I bought a house three years ago I decided to hire the professionals, they helped me to choose the right colors.…"
Sharon Brown commented on Chip Wright's photo


"Excellent renovation! Boutique looks great."
Chris Spielmann replied to Phil's discussion Best wood for uncovered porch steps?
"Phil, Thanks for the response and your detailed notes with the photos, you've got a really wonderful project there. One question, from the photos it looks like you fastened the stair treads through the face, did you consider trying to fill…"
kathleen d replied to kathleen d's discussion Help! What house style is this 1908 home?
"Thank you!  I'd like to learn more. Do you have any references you can direct me to learn more about this style?  Trying to figure out what original floor plan was and original window design.  I've attached a better photo…"
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caseypratt replied to kathleen d's discussion Help! What house style is this 1908 home?
"The house with the snow is an example of the Queen Anne Cottage aka  Corner House, Many of them were built on corner lots so the wrap-around porch was a perfect people-watching place. The other pic is a side view I guess and doesn't even…"


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Hearts Carved in Door

I have a question regarding the door in a Massachusetts home built c. 1760 for a wealthy minister. Inside the home, there is a door in between the main entry hall and dining room which has two carved hearts near the top (see picture). According to records of the home, these hearts are original and were added when a bride was…Continue

Tags: carved, hearts, 1700s, 18th century, door

Started by Marya Makuc in Old Houses: Pre-1900 11 hours ago.

Any Experience with Bathtub Refinishing? 19 Replies

Now that I have my bathroom almost done, I finally cleaned up the used tub that I installed. It was a 50/50 chance that the surface would be useable as is, and once I got it clean, it is apparent that it really needs refinishing. I have a few calls in to places that do this work, but since I have no experience with it, I have no idea what questions to ask, what pitfalls to avoid, or what other things might need to be considered. Anyone with experience here?

Started by Karan Andrea in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by Denise M Costley yesterday.

Help Identifying House Type - Exterior Color Ideas 3 Replies

My wife and I just bought a 1925 stucco house with a slate roof.  We're more than excited to start making it ours! :)  I'm trying to identify the style - see photo - any thoughts?  We're planning on changing the exterior color, and we're assuming the all white isn't original.  What color combinations would be most original to this type of house?  Thanks in advance!  John…Continue

Started by John in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by Sally Grin yesterday.

Best wood for uncovered porch steps? 5 Replies

What wood(s) is the best for exterior, uncovered porch steps? What has worked for some of you? In three weeks my father-in-law is coming up to replace my front porch steps that have rotted way beyond repair in the just 7 years since they were installed. They were built with tulip poplar (stair risers, treads, railing, spindles and newel posts). Despite meticulous painting and repainting, each of those elements has rotted very badly, and I currently have screwed plywood over the treads to keep…Continue

Tags: steps, porch, front

Started by Phil in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by Chris Spielmann on Wednesday.

Help! What house style is this 1908 home? 2 Replies

Thanks in advance for any information in regards to this house style.  Recently acquired. It was build in 1908 located in rural farming area in central Washington state. It was remodeled in the 1950s and 1980s.  AND what paint color might looks nice here?  Am excited to hear anything thread of info or advice from you!  Sorry, one photo take in summer of west side and one in winter from south side. KathleenContinue

Started by kathleen d in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by kathleen d on Tuesday.

Hanging oil lamp is stuck 1 Reply

Can anyone tell me how to unstick a hanging oil lamp? Picked up a really nice hanging kerosene lamp all original, but it won't pull down. The mechanism is stuck. Not sure how to unstick it, if that's a word. Everything looks like it's there, just won't move. Any suggestions?Thanks,LisaContinue

Tags: lamp, Oil

Started by psychochix in The Old-House Attic. Last reply by psychochix on Monday.

What type of house is this? 4 Replies

Just bought an old house, I was told it was 'colonial revival'.  I have a picture of it from 1985 when it was put on the historic register and now.  …Continue

Started by M Mccully in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by M Mccully Jul 23.

Front Door Help 7 Replies

Hi All, I am in the process of purchasing a home built in 1865. There are a lot of really great features of this home (the wrap around porch being one of them) that provide the home with amazing character, but over the years some of that great character has been stripped away. It is my goal over the next few years as budget affords to try and restore the home back to how it would have looked when it was built as much as possible. My first project will be replacing the hideous front door! I know…Continue

Tags: 1865, door, Front

Started by Stephanie in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by Stephanie Jul 18.

Help figuring out architectural style 8 Replies

Hello All, We are in the process of acquiring a very unique and peculiar home. The house in question was supposedly built in 1916 (though the deed for the property shows 1925 which I guess didn't mean that the house wasn't already built back then) This persons original house was built much earlier though I'm uncertain when. I'm thinking either late 1800's or right around the turn of the century. The house in question is definitely a modified duplicate of the original as you will see. There are…Continue

Started by Jeremy in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by caseypratt Jul 16.

Choosing Paint Colors 5 Replies

I am currently stripping the siding off this building and replacing the clapboard underneath with new clapboard as it is mostly rotted away. It has cedar shake shingles by the big windows, the rest is 6" clapboard. I currently have the foundation drylocked grey. What would everyone recommend for house paint colors? I'd like to add my corbels to the front overhang as well as some gable trims above the round windows.Continue

Started by Jeremy L in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by caseypratt Jul 14.

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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 — 4 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 — 5 Comments

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