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Kari Dunn replied to PStewart's discussion Painting old Victorian roof stripes on an asphalt roof? Photo and suggestions...?
"This is such a great idea!  I'm about to have my entire roof redone (4 layers, including cedar shingles off!) and I want to inquire about whether I can get the roofer to actually incorporate a design like this with different colored…"
1 hour ago
Scott Cunningham replied to Scott Cunningham's discussion Porch project... Need some estimates
"Casey, great observation about the walking deck… I may have to consider that as an option… Would be great to have a deck up above the porch, just not sure how to work it in. The existing porch footprint is about 12 feet wide, so that…"
5 hours ago
Deb Beatty Mel replied to Jeff & Sue Ellen Smith's discussion wood epoxy
"We have had good luck with Flex-Tec. It does not sag when applied and dries very hard, so plan on sculpting rather than sanding. "
5 hours ago
Scott Cunningham replied to Scott Cunningham's discussion Porch project... Need some estimates
"Actually my deck is about 2' off the ground."
6 hours ago
Scott Antique Market posted an event

Scott Antique Markets at Atlanta Expo Centers

April 9, 2015 at 12:45pm to April 12, 2015 at 4pm
America's Favorite Treasure Hunt! We host the world's largest indoor antique show every second weekend of the month at the Atlanta Expo Centers. We have an amazing 3500 exhibit booths filled with antiques and collectibles. We also host an antique…See More
6 hours ago
caseypratt replied to Scott Cunningham's discussion Porch project... Need some estimates
"Your original porch roof was a walking deck. See how steep and short the section of "roof" is? There is a balcony behind that small parapet. If you put a full wrap-around porch back, you probably should keep is as simple as possible…"
6 hours ago
Lair Tienter replied to Scott Cunningham's discussion Porch project... Need some estimates
"WOW, What a difference that porch will make.  I would not even venture a guess as to the cost but Phil's estimate doesn't seem out of bounds.  The trick is to find a carpenter that loves old houses and would do the job just…"
6 hours ago
Scott Cunningham replied to Scott Cunningham's discussion Porch project... Need some estimates
"OK, thanks. That kind of gets me into the ballpark. I was figuring $60K. Right now the house looks like a milk carton. Adding the porches back on will fix that. I think the overall layout is going to be the easy part. Its the details that i will…"
6 hours ago


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Painting old Victorian roof stripes on an asphalt roof? Photo and suggestions...? 16 Replies

All -    Our house orginally had some pretty cool roof stripe designs painted on the cedar shingles. We now have asphalt shingles and that design is long gone. I can definitely make the stencil for this design out of luan and the stencil on the rood using either oil or latex paint, re-create the design as it was orginally. The stencil would be huge --- 3 1/2 feet X 4 feet. I know the exact design dimensions.   Can this be done on asphalt shingles and last? I ask this because there are places on…Continue

Started by PStewart in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by Kari Dunn 1 hour ago.

Porch project... Need some estimates 7 Replies

Would like to get some input from the group on how much to budget for a porch rebuild. My Kansas home was originally built with a porch, but it was lost in a 1920’s remodel. The porch foundation still exists, and one side is present (as a glassed in 3-season sun porch), but the main porch on the front of the house is gone. I would like to restore the porch, retain (with upgrades) the existing sun porch, and incorporate a porte-cochere over the driveway. The Wilderstein house in NY serves as the…Continue

Started by Scott Cunningham in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by Scott Cunningham 5 hours ago.

wood epoxy 8 Replies

I am looking for recommendations for wood epoxy. I have windowsills that are deteriorating from sun with grooves. they are not rotten. I want to fill in the grooves and smooth the surface. Any recommendations?Thanks JeffContinue

Started by Jeff & Sue Ellen Smith in Old-House Products. Last reply by Deb Beatty Mel 5 hours ago.

Very Damp Stone House 2 Replies

Hi everyone.  This question is for the experts in old stone houses and masonry.  My son is considering buying a stone house that is currently vinyl sided over possible portland mortar over early 1800's limestone.  Here's my concern;  the house is covered throughout the interior in hard board or masonite type wall board, (some like paneling,  some like fake brick)  We don't know how it is framed. All of this is bowed with moisture,  and moldy. There is even a hard reddish ball of fungus at the…Continue

Started by Mal & Greg in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by Scott Cunningham 17 hours ago.

For Sale : Amazing Victorian w/ carriage house! 2 Replies

Amazing Victorian! Looking for a new owner to restore this gorgeous property to its original beauty. Beautiful cherry built-ins, Greek key inlaid parquet, several fireplaces, marble tile, leaded glass, unique wood trims.... just to name a few of the stunning features of this home. ENORMOUS amount of living space on 3 levels. Separate carriage house adds to the charm and usage of this property! Call for more information!  This one is just looking for a little love!!!  Lisa 508-733-6447Continue

Started by LisaP in Swaps and Sales. Last reply by LisaP 22 hours ago.

Interior Door Oiling 11 Replies

I have some excellent interior doors in the 1856 home I just bought out of foreclosure. No paint on them at all. The wood is dry as a bone. I am torn on what to do. Just oil them, or oil and poly? If just oil, what type? Tung? hemp? lemon?Also need to treat my gorgeous, original walnut bannister and kneul post.Any advice appreciated.Continue

Started by James Hartman in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by Al Fortunato Furnituremaker on Sunday.

Replacing a 1909 front walk 4 Replies

HI all,its been 6 years since I posted here and now I am looking to replace our 1909 front walk.  I have been babying it for several years because I don't want a new looking concrete walkway. Does anyone have suggestions on how to recreate that heavy aggregate aged look without using dyes or stains?  I love the look of our walkway but its just falling apart now and I have to do something for safety's sake.  Photos of the entire walk and a close up of the texture that I really love and want to…Continue

Started by Stacie L. Herman-Laurence in Old House How-To. Last reply by Randy Klepinger on Saturday.

best metal to enclose my roof line 1 Reply

I am enclosing my roof line. What metal do you think I should use?

Started by Randall Coleman in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by Randy Klepinger on Saturday.

OHJ April 2015 Issue

Walking up the driveway, with my bundle of mail cozily wrapped in the April 2015 issue of OHJ, something felt different.  Laying the magazine flat I thought I saw it but I couldn't be sure.  Beau pulled on his leash to sniff something in the snow and my attention diverted to him. Later I would figure it out.Yep, it's narrower (by 1cm) and 15 pp. thinner.  I can live with that, this time.  But the real surprise wasn't noticed for a few days.  The shape of the text layout on the masthead looked…Continue

Started by James Olson in The Old-House Attic on Thursday.

Aluminum windows and siding? 14 Replies

I just purchased a 1894 Folk Victorian (I believe) in a tiny little town in Eastern Oregon.  I did not set out to own an historic home!  I fell in love with this house when I first moved to the area 5 years ago and when it came on the market I jumped at the chance to own it.  I bought it because it looked like home, like a place to finish raising my kids, and then a place for the grandkids to come on weekends, summers and holidays.  After moving in, I kept discovering all the amazing things in…Continue

Started by Jennifer Garinger in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by James Olson on Wednesday.

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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 — 6 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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