I am posting this here as we are all interested in renovation of historic properties, but also because we enjoy the beauty and love they also represent.This has really got the historical preservation folks in our town excited, but it also has the rest of the folk as well. Not only will a well known Fred Harvey Hotel (Castaneda) be saved, but it will attract people to visit and businesses to be established.Some Pix:…Continue
Started by Bill Hendrickson in Old Houses: Pre-1900 3 hours ago.
We're looking for homeowner horror stories for the June issue of Old House Journal—specifically about contractors gone awry. Share your tales of woe here! (Bonus: If we pick your story for the magazine, we'll tell you how to fix it, too.)Continue
I have several of these throughout my house. I wanted to order a replacement part for one but I can't find this same knob & latch anywhere online or in catalogs, in part because I don't know the proper name for it.Continue
Readers; Here we go again, Project Number-Gee- I forget! First the details; I have a 'carriage house' stuck on the edge of my 1860 house, with a 'salt box' style roof. It is low enough at the back that I can reach up and touch the edge of the roof. The bldg. is set on a low cement wall, about 06 inches high. At the moment, the floor of the bldg. will flood every spring and every heavy rain. Now here is my 'cure' and please tell me if I am 'all wet' and should try something else! First off,…Continue
So we'd like to get our walls looking as though they were plastered 120 years ago, with a certain sandy bumpiness thing going on. I'm not skilled enough to use actual plaster, and the local plasters charge an arm and a leg (plus several toes) to re-do a room. We aren't looking for a totally smooth effect, but one with a certain amount of texture and hand-application marks.Right now the walls are all sheet-rocked (previous owner...don't ask). This stuff (…Continue
The previous owner removed 8 of our wooden sashes and replaced with improperly sized vinyl windows. I plan on making my own sashes by ordering a sash router bit for my router table, but I would prefer to just buy the sash stiles and rails if there is a company that sells them. Does anyone have experience with reproducing wooden sashes? Also, I need to buy new storms and will probably just order the Jeldwen brand from Menards due to budget constraints unless I can find something else that is…Continue
image%20%285%29.jpegSince I'm not formally in the "rock business", we opted to gauge the pallets in simple terms of generalized size, large and medium, split, round and split shard. I can safely say that the majority of our baskets are over a ton. Due to the fact that it took us 5 months to disassemble 2 barns with split stone…Continue
Started by Matthew Whorley in Swaps and Sales Apr 10.
I had to share something i said to someone who was asking me advice about doing something on their old house. A Victorian like mine. It manifested itself into something that had to be written down...Four easy rules for any Victorian house renovation and restoration:Rule 1. Nothing is 'square'. "Square" is a notion or suggestion, not an absolute.Rule 2. Do NOT 'fight' the house. It has settled and moved for a 100+ years, tweaks, finesse or nudges are best.Rule 3. Let the 'old girl' tell you what…Continue
I had to build window jamb extensions when I added 2x4 framing. Problem is that the originaljambs were not plumb so there is a uneven gap between the old and the new. How can I properlyclose this gap up ?Continue
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. …Continue
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!