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Walk Wright In to Wright Plus 150 at Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio

May 20, 2017 from 9am to 5pm
The Frank Lloyd Wright Trust is kicking off a year-long celebration of the 150th anniversary of the birth of Frank Lloyd Wright with special features for the annual Housewalk, Wright Plus 150, on…See More
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Scott Antique Market at Atlanta Expo Center

March 9, 2017 at 10am to March 12, 2017 at 4pm
Scott Antique Markets Americas Favorite Treasure Hunts! we host the world's largest indoor antique show every second weekend of each month at the Atlanta Expo Centers. We have an amazing 3500 exhibit booths filled with antiques and collectibles. Our…See More
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Phil replied to KARODY ROBBINS's discussion Fireplace in 1885 Stick Victorian
"If you aren't in a hurry, there are still decent deals out there for vintage fireplace surounds/mantels.  Craigs list or ebay (only people unwilling to ship, with "local pickup only") can be monitored for something in your…"
Feb 13
Jay Nouri posted a discussion

Random screech-like sounds in walls - Not an animal though

Hello, I'm new to this forum. Thanks in advance for any help you can give me. I've had this noise in my house, seems to be coming from only one section of the house, but I can't pinpoint where exactly. I live in a 1978 town house. 2 story. The noise…See More
Feb 10
psychochix replied to Melissa Wolff's discussion Does an affordable source for authentic flat subway tiles exhist?
"I only have about 12 sq ft. I hadn't really thought about how much. I'm located just west of Milwaukee, WI. I'm not sure how much shipping would be either. Lisa"
Feb 9
Melissa Wolff replied to Melissa Wolff's discussion Does an affordable source for authentic flat subway tiles exhist?
"I was very much suspecting there was no comparison. I have been agonizing over it for some time! So I need about 28-30 square feet I think based on rough calculation. How much do you have? How much are you charging for it and where are you…"
Feb 9
psychochix replied to Melissa Wolff's discussion Does an affordable source for authentic flat subway tiles exhist?
"How much tile do you need? I used heritage tile subway tile on my kitchen and I bought too much, it's just sitting in my basement. I have to say, I looked at the Home Depot tile, but once you see the Heritage, there's no comparison.…"
Feb 9
Lair Tienter replied to Melissa Wolff's discussion Does an affordable source for authentic flat subway tiles exhist?
"I would go directly to Dal-Tile company.  They have lot of tile HD doesn't carry on the shelf. "
Feb 9

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Fireplace in 1885 Stick Victorian 5 Replies

What say you about this gas fireplace in the entry room?  Tilework is nice, wooden box around it seems flimsy and not old enough to be original...For context, there is a newspaper article from 1910 that states house is outfitted with the latest amenities by a local gas company, so I'm pretty sure that fireplace would have been present by then....but it's ugly.  Obviously, the ridiculous insert will have to go, but what about that mantle?Continue

Started by KARODY ROBBINS in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by Phil Feb 13.

Random screech-like sounds in walls - Not an animal though

Hello, I'm new to this forum. Thanks in advance for any help you can give me. I've had this noise in my house, seems to be coming from only one section of the house, but I can't pinpoint where exactly. I live in a 1978 town house. 2 story. The noise is coming from the wall, maybe the floor above. I can't tell. It sounds like a chair is being dragged on the floor. Imagine when you get up from a chair and push it back and there is that echo from the screeching on the floor. Last night I recorded…Continue

Tags: confused, Townhouse, movement, explain, loud

Started by Jay Nouri in Old House How-To Feb 10.

Does an affordable source for authentic flat subway tiles exhist? 4 Replies

I am wondering if there is such a thing as an affordable source for subway tiles that are flat without pillowed edges that can be grouted thinly. Can't beat the price of Home Depot's plain daltile subway tile but I am just looking for something a little more authentic for a 1914 kitchen. I had a Heritage Tile quote but at almost $20 a square foot, I just can't afford it! Any magic suggestions for inexpensive authentic look??Continue

Started by Melissa Wolff in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by psychochix Feb 9.

Formula for venting wooden columns 3 Replies

Does anyone know the formula for calculating the number and size of venting necessary to vent large fluted wooden columns? They have a diameter of 32" at the base and 24" at the top and are 22 feet tall. Thanks for any help that can he offered.GaryContinue

Started by Gary Grau in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by caseypratt Feb 9.

range hoods - where can I find information on period authentic designs?? 4 Replies

Hello! I am new to oldhouseonline and also a new owner to an old home! It's a 1914 Arts and Crafts (with Victorian characteristics as well.) We are re-working the kitchen as our first project and have the cabinets and soapstone countertops in. We were not able to continue using the Quick Meal gas and wood stove (I may keep it as décor? Any ideas there?) so we have a new stainless modern range. I am looking to custom re-create a range hood that is looks appropriate for the period. Shape?…Continue

Tags: and, Crafts, Arts, 1914, hood

Started by Melissa Wolff in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by Melissa Wolff Feb 9.

New Knobs, Old Mortise Locksets 5 Replies

There is probably an easy answer to this question, but I can't seem to find it.  Several years ago, I bought and restored/remodeled a 1929 craftsman.  I kept all the beautiful old doors and hardware, even though my contractor couldn't remove the mortise locksets (they have been painted over MANY times and clearly not cared for).  I put the doors with the most functional hardware on the main floor and my builder added newer knobs to the upstairs doors.  He left the mortise hardware on the door…Continue

Started by Julie in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by Gary Grau Feb 6.

how to replicate the look of 1890's varnish? 13 Replies

    I have had some new fir milled to match the old fluted window casing in our 1890 house, which miraculously was never painted, and perhaps has only one or two coats of the original varnish. It is a nice darkish reddish brown, and I am very happy to have this pile of newly milled fir waiting for me to sand and finish it.    Does anyone of you have anything to tell me about the sort of products currently available? I have seen an old fir floor simply commercially sanded and then polyurethaned…Continue

Started by Cindy Reed in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by caseypratt Feb 1.

Repair Porch Column 11 Replies

I am restoring a late 1800's 'box construction' home that was originally constructed in Cleburne, Texas and relocated to Lipan, Tx.  The front porch has 4 round, tapered columns.  One of the columns has sustained some damage over the years and I am wondering what is the best method to repair the column.  I am attaching a view of the house 'pre-move', and some details of the column in question.Column Deminsions:83" Tall8" Diameter Base6 3/4" Diameter TopBoards used for construction are 1 x 3…Continue

Started by Mark Myers in Old House How-To. Last reply by John Leeke Jan 31.

We are looking for homes/homeowners of repurposed buildings for an upcoming Television Series

I am a Producer/Director for a Production Company in Knoxville, TN called Beyond Media.  We work closely with HGTV, DIY, and Great American Country Networks, and specialize in "Alternative" Homes. We are currently searching for primary resident homes that have been transformed/repurposed from a former use (Fire Station, Bank, Church, Barn, Shipping Container, Cave, etc.) If selected, these properties will be highlighted in an upcoming season of "You Live In What" on HGTV's sister network GAC.…Continue

Started by Brantley Ferrell in Old House How-To Jan 30.

We are looking for homes/homeowners of repurposed buildings for an upcoming Television Series

I am a Producer/Director for a Production Company in Knoxville, TN called Beyond Media.  We work closely with HGTV, DIY, and Great American Country Networks, and specialize in "Alternative" Homes. We are currently searching for primary resident homes that have been transformed/repurposed from a former use (Fire Station, Bank, Church, Barn, Shipping Container, Cave, etc.) If selected, these properties will be highlighted in an upcoming season of "You Live In What" on HGTV's sister network GAC.…Continue

Started by Brantley Ferrell in The Old-House Attic Jan 30.

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Stuff Nature Screwed Up

“Not long after we moved into our 1791 stone farmhouse, we realized we were not alone. A steady hum was coming from deep within our velvet-green living-room walls. Turned out, bees were living in there—thousands of them! We’ve managed to coexist for years. But now they’ve…

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Posted by Emily O'Brien on December 15, 2016 at 2:00pm

Kitchen & Bath Renovations with a Budget in Mind

Before you start demolishing the room, have a master plan—and decide where you will save or splurge.

By Patricia Poore

A few good decisions, made early, just might buy you that art…

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Posted by Emily O'Brien on December 15, 2016 at 2:31pm

Quick Energy Fixes

Thick walls, deep eaves, and high ceilings are all reasons why old houses feel cooler in hot weather and warmer in winter than more recent buildings do. Even so, many old houses lack insulation and central HVAC systems, making it hard to retrofit them with the latest in technological advances.

By Mary Ellen Polson…

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Posted by Emily O'Brien on November 2, 2016 at 12:02pm

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

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