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Whether your house has a basement, a crawl space, or a root cellar, any space below grade is subject to water infiltration and its damaging effects. Let’s look at how to keep the water (and damp) out. By Mary Ellen Polson…See More
Emily O'Brien posted a blog post


Whether your house has a basement, a crawl space, or a root cellar, any space below grade is subject to water infiltration and its damaging effects. Let’s look at how to keep the water (and damp) out. By Mary Ellen Polson…See More
Sophia M replied to Erin Braico's discussion Joint compound on plaster walls
"Wow, nice pics, looks great! I'm dying to know how it held up. I hope you someday see this reply."
Leah F replied to Robert Johnson's discussion wiring an old house
"I have a similar situation in some areas - I have been told to run the electric above the current molding and have the boxes in the molding (I don't want to ruin my molding, but I might not have a choice!) Then add a conduit that can blend in…"
Leah F posted a blog post

Exposing the Brick

It all started with taking down the ceiling in the dining room.  The room above the dining room conveniently had only half the floor, so we were able to hit the ceiling from above rather than pulling it down on ourselves.  …See More
Lair Tienter replied to WILLIAM KAIN's discussion What "style" is my house?
"I have been trying to remember but all I can think of is something with the word "prairie" in it.  I may ot be right or even close but thought I would throw that out.  I is a great looking house!"
caseypratt replied to WILLIAM KAIN's discussion What "style" is my house?
"Wide and shallow is the opposite of a foursquare. It looks like a center-entry (loosely-based on the ages-old form called the Georgian plan/central hall)  built during the time when Craftsman bungalows were popular, so it has a few craftsman-y…"
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Joint compound on plaster walls 14 Replies

My husband is planning to use joint compound to patch our plaster walls.  I recall reading somewhere that this is not a good idea as they are not compatable or something.  Also, I hear a great deal about Master of Plaster and how it will stick to any surface.  Is this to say that other products will not adhere to paint, etc.?  Finally, I would like to skim coat the walls but have NO experience.  Is it difficult to get a smooth wall surface?

Started by Erin Braico in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by Sophia M on Tuesday.

wiring an old house 2 Replies

a follow up to the other discussions, I don't have K+T.  I do have some cloth wire where the insulation falls off when you touch it.  So I want new wiring and obviously you can't do it the normal way with the walls being solid. The wire needs to be fastened to the surface of the wall. Is there some "conduit" which is apporoaite in finished areas ?Continue

Started by Robert Johnson in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by Leah F on Monday.

What "style" is my house? 2 Replies

I purchased this foreclosed house in my neighborhood last year. I have always thought of it as a foursquare, as far as layout, hip roof, and dormers. However its not really true to much else I've found, not very square, and fairly large at 3300+ square feet.It was built in 1929 in Bartlett, TNThanks, WillA couple from how we bought it;…Continue

Started by WILLIAM KAIN in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by Lair Tienter on Sunday.

FOR SALE -- Architectural Finial plus Weathervane from the 1860's

Seller: James Stubbs. 3 Elm Court, Innisfil, Ontario, Canada. L9S1M8tel: 705 999 2150. EMail: avonquil@nextcom.caCreated by master tinsmiths in the Owen Sound area of Ontario shortly after 1867 to celebrate the birth of Canada as a nation. -- Original portion soldered sheet metal. -- Damaged in Hurricane Hazel, Oct. 15, 1954 and removed from building. Specific location not determined. --Repaired by the late Mario of the Copper Shop, Hwy 11 north of Barrie, in 1975, and mounted on Victorian…Continue

Started by James Stubbs in Swaps and Sales Aug 18.

oak dining set 3 Replies

complete oak dining set... great condition....yours for the taking.Continue

Started by Pamela Saletan in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by Pamela Saletan Aug 14.

1926 Craftsman/ Cottage?

Hello, are they any architectural history buffs out there that can help me with some historical facts about the design of my home? I recently purchased what I believe is 1926 bungalow style craftsman. It's a single story, 750 sq ft., with detached garage and laundry room.  It's very original as I have pulled all the permits the city has only dating back to 1950 as that's all they keep. It has had only electrical and pluming updated. Aside from a bathroom and and kitchen update done in 1970 the…Continue

Tags: Cottage, Craftsman

Started by James S in Old Houses: 1900-1945 Aug 12.

Test Your Knowledge

Hi there-In case you haven't seen this floating around social media, I thought I'd post it here. It's our latest quiz to test your knowledge on old house styles. It's short and fun. Give it a try!,Emily (Old House Journal production editor)Continue

Started by Emily O'Brien in The Old-House Attic Aug 12.

Shingle Style Lighting 9 Replies

With the Shingle Style coming at the end of the Victorian period and right before the A & C movement, I am having trouble finding images of period-correct lighting.  My house is 1903 and both house styles can be seen in it.  I'd love to find illustrations or interior photos of historic, shingle styles homes.  Thank you!Continue

Started by I love old houses! in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by StoneHouseGuy Aug 10.

basement parlor 2 Replies

Hi have any of you ever come across a house with a basement parlor , our house an 1888 queen Anne has a basement parlor with faux marble slate fireplace plaster walls basemouldings and big picture rails the floor was wood I believe pine in normal floor six boards not wide plank and this room also has its own stairs from the front hall the other basement rooms had there own stairs from the kitchen , that came down to the laundry / summer kitchen and access to boiler room , so this parlor room…Continue

Started by Quintin - Walt Tiffany in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by Franz Aug 9.

Refinishing Antique Heart Pine Flooring 18 Replies

I have finally reached the point of not being able to stand the unfinished heart pine, or perhaps doug fir, kitchen floor in our 1903 Queen Anne home.  We uncovered the original floor way back in 1998 when we bought the house and removed layers of plywood, vinyl, and linoleum.  We were forced to remove all the layers due to previous tenants leaving dogs in our kitchen.  After removing all the layers and exposing the original wood floor we chose to leave the wood floor exposed so it could dry…Continue

Started by Susan Scofield in Old House How-To. Last reply by Stephen Saugnier Aug 9.

Blog Posts


Whether your house has a basement, a crawl space, or a root cellar, any space below grade is subject to water infiltration and its damaging effects. Let’s look at how to keep the water (and damp) out. 

By Mary Ellen Polson

Basements in older homes are…


Posted by Emily O'Brien on August 24, 2016 at 3:59pm

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

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