I'm trying to figure out what kind of wood this is. The house was built pre-1900 in central Minnesota. White oak appears to be the main wood in the construction of the house, but when it comes to identifying old forest cut flooring material, I lose. It may be hard to tell by the photo, but the wood is much finer grained than oak but not as much as maple. Its perfectly clear throughout both rooms and has a light brown unfinished appearance. The floor is believed to have likely been sanded…Continue
Hi, I have always loved old homes and had the opportunity to buy an 1898 Victorian and so my partner and I did. The house had been neglected and unoccupied for the past 4 years. Fortunately the interior of the house has not been ruined by any bad remodels. Besides some large projects (fixing the foundation and electrical) the…Continue
A few weeks ago my wife and I went to Cape May, NJ. For me it felt like "going home" (to a slower, bicycle friendly place). For her it was a comparison in contrast to growing up on Long Island (NY). And, as I posted elsewhere, I got to see Lincrusta in person (and in use) for the first time. But we both came away with two trains of thought:1) my inclusion of such a large second floor porch, on our "New Old House", is not without such precedent as I had thought (Victorian equivalents are…Continue
Just curious what you folks think of this quote. The home was built in 1919. Below are quote details with attached photos. I thank you for your comments! Seems high but perhaps not? Please look at photos. 1.Removal of all existing Terra Cotta Tile within Chimney Structure Plus $2,998.00Installation of a 11" X 20' 316TI Stainless Steel Liner Plus Insulation(Lifetime Warranty)2.Disassemble and Reassemble Partial of Exterior Chimney Structure as $2,799.00marked in attached photos plus grind…Continue
Started by JW in Old Houses: 1900-1945 yesterday.
Readers; Here is a Question for the Pros; Background first. I have an 1860, by County Records , 2 story House. Just today I was fixing the 2nd floor hall and found the above 'Constructed 3/22/86 by Joe, Mark & ? This house has an 11x16 addition , with some odd posts all around the interior, see my older photos. …Continue
Well I guess I still haven't seen everything yet when it comes to creative "solutions" to old door hinges. In our last house (the Red Queen), the previous owners put the beautiful original Eastlake hinges upside-down on our daughter's bedroom door and bent the rod on purpose to keep it from sliding out of the hinge and falling onto the floor. In our new house, our daughters bedroom door was sticking and we knew the hinge needed to be refastened into the door frame. We just pulled it off, and…Continue
- Why do so many old houses, especially those most in need of saving, have to be in places I'd never want to live? Why can't more be in ME, NH, VT, NY, NJ, VA, MD, DE, CT, RI?- While fully restored houses are nice to visit; I'd never want to buy one.- The price to restore an old house seems to be 33% for the property and 66% for the restoration (if it's in "livable" condition to begin with). If condemned, the numbers seem to be 10% for purchase and 90% for restoration.- Don't tell me that old…Continue
Started by James Olson in The Old-House Attic yesterday.
Here are twenty-four authentic late-Victorian color schemes taken fromhttps://archive.org/details/CatalogueAndPriceListOfTheManufacturesOfTheLoweBrothers. Its date is not given, but is 1893 or later. Since the paint cans shown in it don't have the Sherwin flange-top, it's not much later.The greens have darkened to black and I don't think "Grayish Green" was meant to be the light pink it now is. …Continue
Hi. I recently posted about the back wall of my house which I more or less totally rebuilt and added sheathing to. Previously there was none. My concern in my other post had to do with flashing the windows since the ones I am using are re-purposed old windows and have no nailing fins/flanges.There were many great responses to that and I am a lot clearer on that aspect of things now. I had been toying with the idea of doing a rain screen on the back wall. I will be using pine novelty siding.…Continue
I am a first-time poster, but I suspect I will be posting a lot in the future to seek assistance from you helpful folks. I have a very early 1900s Craftsman-style shingle house. Most of the house is in its original state with the exception of a couple of porches turned into rooms and the kitchen. I am doing a kitchen redo while trying to be completely mindful of how it probably looked. I am looking for historic looking stock cabinets with spring twist latches (not sure what they are…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!