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CatwomanofV replied to CatwomanofV's discussion Need Some Painting Advice On Victorian House
"Our painter stopped by today. As I am typing this, I have his color chart on my lap. He wants us to pick out colors this weekend so he can order them next week. It's gonna happen VERY SOON!! YAY!!!!! Cat"
Chris DiMattei left a comment for Bruce Perry
"Bruce, I do have some information that I am happy to share with you.  Please email me directly at the following email address, so we can correspond directly through email.  Thanks for reaching out. Chris DiMattei "
Bruce Perry left a comment for Chris DiMattei
"Barber Home Sac City, IA I'm working on a National Register application for this home in Sac City, IA. I have  Barber's builder's specs for the home which was built in 1912.  Do you have any information on the home?…"
Richard Pryor replied to CatwomanofV's discussion Need Some Painting Advice On Victorian House
"One thing you might want to consider.  Apparently it wasn't all that uncommon for Victorian porches to have their ceiling s painted a sky blue.  When we had our house repainted last year we had that done, and it looks great."
Mark W. Hoffa replied to Rob Wozniak's discussion Historic Building Mortar Information
"Charles hopefully Preservation works will chime in but you could also contact Limeworks Phone: 215-536-6706. I would be curious about the recommendations with the heat. It may be possible to add lime to the mix as well to 'cushion'…"
Charles Hoyt Ellis replied to Rob Wozniak's discussion Historic Building Mortar Information
"I have repointed my old brick chimney with lime mortar.  Looks good!  Now, I have to reline it and the smoke chamber.  My chimney guy wants to use 10" stainless steel flue with a slurry mixture around it.  But all…"
Madeline Weaver replied to Madeline Weaver's discussion GC/Owner. Can anyone identify this particular wallpaper pattern??
"Hello Lair.  As I mentioned in my original post, I spoke to customer service at Bradbury and it is not a recent or retired pattern in their collection.  "
Madeline Weaver replied to Madeline Weaver's discussion GC/Owner. Can anyone identify this particular wallpaper pattern??
"Hello Casey.  Wow.  Here's a resource page I had not yet come upon in my own web searches.  Yes, I will view all of the different manufactures.  This gives me genuine hope.  Thank you!  "


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Need Some Painting Advice On Victorian House 10 Replies

As soon as the white stuff that is outside goes away and the ground can be walked upon without sinking into the mud, we are going to have our beautiful house painted. The house has so many architectural details that we want to highlight. We have decided on colors-we are going to keep with the gray as the main color. We also like the maroon that is on the doors right now so we are going to keep that color and use it more than just the doors. We will probably use white as an accent. So, those are…Continue

Tags: Painting, House, Victorian

Started by CatwomanofV in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by CatwomanofV yesterday.

Historic Building Mortar Information 7 Replies

Hello everyone, We just wanted to put it out there to those who made be interested that we have a new video about traditional lime mortar on YouTube. The one that we just posted is about the damaging effects of caulk on lime mortar and can be found here: we have some older ones, one of which covers more of the…Continue

Tags: Masonry repair, Chimney repair, tuck pointing, Bucks County, mortar removal

Started by Rob Wozniak in Old House How-To. Last reply by Mark W. Hoffa on Thursday.

GC/Owner. Can anyone identify this particular wallpaper pattern?? 6 Replies

 Hello everyone.  This is my very first post.  I was recently looking through the webpages of an architectural salvage store back east named The Demolition Depot.  I happened upon a page with room paneling & wainscoting salvaged from a townhouse in Connecticut.  But it wasn't the paneling which caught my eye but the wallpaper just above it.  I completely fell in love with this pattern.  I thought it may be a Bradbury pattern but it's not.  Then I contacted at least eight other manufacturers…Continue

Tags: Pattern, Wallpaper, Mystery

Started by Madeline Weaver in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by Madeline Weaver on Wednesday.

Accordion lath

Hi. I was wondering if it was worth the effort to de-nail and save some accordion lath I have? A friend of ours is doing work in an 1840 house and I've asked him to save anything old that is being removed. I've been getting a lot of stuff; some useful, some less so. In one load there was a wall segment with the old lath still in place. It's split and stretched, made from thin rough sawn board. (earlier than the even, mill produced victorian lath strips) I don't think I can call this 'riven'…Continue

Started by Mal & Greg in Old Houses: Pre-1900 on Wednesday.

old plumbing fixtures 4 Replies

does anyone have experience with using old bathtub handles with modern valves? I have 3 American Standard cross handles, (hot, cold,and tub/shower diverter) with the tall escutcheons. I think they're from the 40s. The splines are different than what would fit on the modern valves. Are there such things as adapters? Could i have something machined? Could epoxy be used?Continue

Started by lauri lombardi in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by Lair Tienter on Tuesday.

Markel light fixture 1 Reply

Have 4 Markel (M.E.P.) cast iron wall sconces in my early 1930’s bungalow. The fixtures had many coats of wall paint & I want to refinish them, mainly so more of the casting detail shows. They’ve been stripped & white primer applied. Any idea what kind of finish the manufacturer put on these? Or were they usually painted to match the walls? Thanks,…Continue

Started by JR PEARSON in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by Phil on Monday.

What Style Is My House 2 Replies

Hello all! I bought my home a year ago after falling in love at first sight. It was built in 1920. It looks like a Foursquare style home but does not have a front porch, It has a two story porch on the side instead. Can you take a look at the photos and let me know your thoughts?Thank you!KerriContinue

Tags: Foursquare, 1920

Started by Kerri Grillo in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by Kerri Grillo Apr 12.

Basement Waterproof Options 5 Replies

Hello all,My apologies for making my first post a request for information, but we have a bit of a conundrum and I thought I would see if anyone here could point us in the right direction.My wife and I just moved into a 1904 Victorian/Foursqure home that we fell madly in love with last year.  The house has generally held up well and the previous owner lovingly restored much of the home over 7 or 8 years.The basement is also generally in good shape.  The walls are made of stone that seems to have…Continue

Started by Kip in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by Phil Apr 10.

A 1927 4 + Bedroom Craftsman Gem For Sale

An easy commute to metropolitan Cincinnati, this beautiful Arts and Crafts home is situated on a lovely LARGE, well-maintained, tree-lined corner lot, one block from the Ohio river, (well above the 100 year flood stage), in a quiet, friendly, safe neighborhood, in the scenic river town of Rising Sun, Indiana, (just 40 miles south of Cincinnati). Filled with beautiful Arts and Crafts details, this two story California Craftsman home has:4 bedrooms, (with a fifth room for a family room or…Continue

Tags: 20th, early, &, crafts, century

Started by Stacey Leigh Mohr in Swaps and Sales Apr 9.

Stained crackle glazed tile 9 Replies

I have a 1927 Tudor Revival with a shower that has its original white crackle glazed ceramic tile.  Some of the tiles and the matching built-in soap dish are stained gray/black.  It appears as if mildew has penetrated the tile glazing. They look dirty, but the stains are within the tiles, not on the surface.I've tried to use oxi-clean paste, spray cleaner with bleach and scrubbing paste with bleach to remove the stains.  It is difficult to "soak" the tiles because the stains are on vertical…Continue

Tags: tile, crackle

Started by Katie in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by Donald Shore Apr 8.

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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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