Hello,I am new to this forum. Just buying a house built in the 1920's and curious if anyone has any ideas about what style this house could be described as? Two photos attached one of the front and the second of the back of the house. It is two stories and has a field stone basement. Thanks!MikeContinue
FYI - Some sparrows carved out a nice little space last spring in the opposing corners of where my roof eaves meet. They were great at finding a spot high enough, and dangerous enough that I couldn't easily repair it without erecting a massive scaffold. So, I managed to get my 28' extension ladder up there (barely), secured it ropes and Bondo'ed & filled in the gap. Of course, the sparrow and family had cleared out as I wouldn't want to King Tut' them in. The stuff is great as it filled…Continue
I recently moved in to an old old, dated 1902. There is an old cistern filled with dirt and an old tile around the house. I assume there's a footing around the outside since there's pipes sticking up out of the corner that are not being used. Gutters are not flowing in to them anymore. This brings me to the floor drain. I think it is an old storm drain due to the fact that there was water gushing up out of it during a bad rain we had a few months ago. I had someone look to see if it was clogged…Continue
Hi everyone!Here's a great how-to article that's in our May issue of Old House Journal. If refreshing your wood floor is on your spring to-do list, you might find it useful!Finishing Basics for Woodwork & FloorsOld-growth wood trim and flooring may last practically forever, but finishes are ephemeral. They need refreshing when they begin to look worn and dirty.…Continue
Would love some exterior paint ideas for our little cottage. I am at a loss, we live in a historic neighborhood, since this is such a tiny home, I didnt want colors that are too muted :( Im not sure what colors and what parts should be painted what color, in peaks, and spindels, ect? Would love any ideas! Thank you!Continue
I need advice for a decor item for my small main floor bathroom. Right next to the doorway, there is a tiny wall and I'd really like to be able to find a unique decor item for that particular spot. Room width wise is super limited, but I could put something up that's long and slender. I do have a mirror up on the other side of the bathroom so that idea is out, and I'd like to find something that is a bit more unique than a print/painting. The fact that it's right next to a doorway makes it a…Continue
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Hi, Is uneven basement floor any indication of a structural problem?I saw a house where all floors are quite level except the basement floor has ups and downs as you walk along the long side (i.e. as you walk parallel to the beams). The agent said the foundation is good though. Continue
Has anyone seen anything like this before? I knew it was here when I bought the house, and I'm guessing it's the old cistern. It had a piece of plywood over it when I bought the house.With Radon issues in this area and with my current basement humidity problems, I'd appreciate any advice on how to go about filling it or sealing it. The far end has been converted into a sump pump, and it's done a good job of keeping water out of the basement so far.I was thinking large chunks of fill, getting…Continue
The railing on the balcony of this beautiful 1895 house is only 24" high. W e are having to bring it to code due to liability issues as we rent it which is 43" The railing and baulsters are in great shape, but are at a loss how to adjust for the 19" height difference without "clowning" it, by removing and replacing longer balusters. Or a railing continues around so the tenants can no longer utilize the balcony.We have received feedback of adding glass/plexiglass to make up for the difference.…Continue
Greeting folks Hoping some of my old friends are still checking in. In 2010 we purchased a reproduction clawfoot shower kit from "Baths from the Past" on eBay. Needless to say, they went out of business a few years later. Now, there is a crack in the brass riser.I have looked far and wide for this exact model and its seems to be nowhere. There is nothing that has these exact faucets. The fomrer company called it the "Jt-17 model"To make things more difficult, there is a custom flatted brass…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!