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KARODY ROBBINS replied to KARODY ROBBINS's discussion New Restorer Buys Two Huge Houses- can't even identify style of one!!!
"The president of our local Heritage Commission tells me it is a Neo Colonial."
10 minutes ago
Lair Tienter replied to Fred's discussion 1950 house plaster wall
"When I watched a plasterer back in the 70's they would mix the scratch coat in an old pan or bin.  I wasn't clean when they mixed the stuff up.  The white might just be dry plaster left on the sides.  As far as hair goes…"
4 hours ago
Fred replied to Fred's discussion 1950 house plaster wall
"Oh that is interesting. I love learning about these old techniques. I notice many small white fiber, like the one seen in the photo. I am wondering if this is asbestos, or it is only a random stuff. Do you know if animal hair was still used in 1950…"
5 hours ago
Lair Tienter replied to Fred's discussion 1950 house plaster wall
"I am old but not a plasterer.  what you are looking at is what they used to call brown coat or base coat. It was a mixture of a lot of things like horse hair, sand, straw, ets: The young apprentice would mix up this stuff and put a…"
6 hours ago
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1950 house plaster wall

Hi everyone,I am the owner of a Canadian 1950 house in Ontario.Looking at a hole in a wall, I can see the plaster that has been used in interior walls (see attached picture).I am trying to know what is in that plaster. I see brown "things", white…See More
6 hours ago
KARODY ROBBINS replied to PStewart's discussion 1889 Victorian Library Nearing Completion
"Wow!  Paneling is amazing!"
7 hours ago
KARODY ROBBINS replied to David's discussion 1920's garage/apartment in South Texas - insulation advice needed!
"It seems like you should somehow seal up the gaps in the siding before you insulate.  I caulk everything everywhere....but in this case, you wouldn't want your caulk to show through.  If you were replacing siding you could Tyvek, but…"
7 hours ago
KARODY ROBBINS replied to KARODY ROBBINS's discussion New Restorer Buys Huge 1893 Stick Vick
"Oh, also want to reassure you we won't leave that awful paint job on the exterior either!  Probably return her to her original gray with some soft color for the corbels and brackets."
7 hours ago

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New Restorer Buys Two Huge Houses- can't even identify style of one!!! 8 Replies

Just bought this large 1910 house at auction Saturday.  It is divided into 4 apartments with a communal living room, but almost looks like it might have originally been a boarding house, so will have to make tough decisions on what stays and goes (4 awesome original looking kitchens). Incredibly ornate and huge fireplace mantle,…Continue

Started by KARODY ROBBINS in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by KARODY ROBBINS 10 minutes ago.

1950 house plaster wall 3 Replies

Hi everyone,I am the owner of a Canadian 1950 house in Ontario.Looking at a hole in a wall, I can see the plaster that has been used in interior walls (see attached picture).I am trying to know what is in that plaster. I see brown "things", white fiber on the left (animal hair, asbestos?).Is there an old plaster expert that could help me with this?Thank you Continue

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Started by Fred in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by Lair Tienter 4 hours ago.

1889 Victorian Library Nearing Completion 8 Replies

Hello all -   Especially Lair, Phil, Martin and other old friends. Its 8 1/2 years since we bought the house and 6 1/2 since living in it. Library is almost done. Total gut job. Most everything had to be remilled. Except the paneling and mantle was salvage. Some parts of the paneling had to be fabricated though. Last things to do will be wall and ceiling stencils. This is just a sequential teaser until it is finally complete in the coming month (or 2 months but I hope no more). So cool!…Continue

Started by PStewart in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by KARODY ROBBINS 7 hours ago.

1920's garage/apartment in South Texas - insulation advice needed! 4 Replies

I bought a house with a garage/apartment a year ago. I have since taken out all the drywall because many boards had cracked over the years.…Continue

Started by David in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by KARODY ROBBINS 7 hours ago.

New Restorer Buys Huge 1893 Stick Vick 4 Replies

Please share any advice!  This house is very well known in our town and has a beautiful history, but interior fixtures, including original staircase, are long gone.  Woodwork is there, but painted, floors look great, 2 gas fireplaces look original but non functional.  Has sadly been split into apartments with inappropriate bathrooms and kitchenettes.  Will be restored as close to original as possible.  What kind of light fixtures, outlet covers, kitchen and bathroom design and features, etc.?…Continue

Started by KARODY ROBBINS in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by KARODY ROBBINS 7 hours ago.

Chandelier restoration questions 37 Replies

I'm totally new at this. We just bought a Queen Anne Radford #517, built in 1900. I've always been a big fan of Prairie Style and the old Midwestern American Foursquares...so a Victorian is new for me. I've never been a fan of Victorian decor and interior style, (I LOVE the exterior architecture...who wouldn't?) so I'm finding the interior restoration challenging. I have no idea what is valuable or beautiful by Victorian standards--so I feel the need to check in with folks who have a lot more…Continue

Started by JRTebow in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by Franz 15 hours ago.

Historic pro advice, just ask 1 Reply

It's a very cold week here in beautiful Colorado, just to cold to work.  I am an expert in historical preservation with over 40 years experience.  I have some free time to help answer any questions about your old home. Give me a shout.Hands on experience range from: Greene and Greene, Victorians, Squares, Bungalows, Marston, Hunt, Lloyd, Lange, Historic Barns, etc.Yours,Randallwww.rmdesignconst.comContinue

Started by Randall Marder in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by KARODY ROBBINS yesterday.

Connected bedrooms? 2 Replies

Does anyone know why historic, pre 1900's home plans have bedrooms with doors connecting them to another bedroom? My only thought was for young kids and their parents but I have seen some plans where every bedroom connects to another bedroom even though there is a hall door as well. Any ideas?Thanks!Continue

Started by Shane in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by PStewart on Saturday.

Building Wooden Frame Inside Historic Brick Structure 6 Replies

Good afternoon fellow members.  I need advice on a problem that I have discovered in the home that I want to purchase.  It is an early to mid 1800's victorianized federal style brick colonial (if that makes any sense).  It has been abandoned since about 2002 and has been ravaged by time, neglect, theft, weather and fire.  The roof is caving in, in a lot of places which has allowed water to sit and puddle on the second floor which has in turn caused the second floor to sag very badly.  From what…Continue

Started by John Barnes in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by Franz Jan 8.

Has anyone ever heard of or experienced this? 14 Replies

Hi, new member here from Winnipeg, Canada. My wife and I are at our wit's end, so I searched out this forum, hoping for some advice. I'm sorry it's long.We have lived in our 1924 bungalow for 17 years. We have painstakingly restored and repaired all the original wood windows and storms. They are one of the prime features on the house, so replacement isn't really an option. And they've never been a major problem -- until we gutted our basement and insulated with spray foam, right from the floor…Continue

Started by Paul Friesen in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by Franz Jan 8.

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So much to see and do at the Historic Home Show!



Are you renovating, restoring or decorating an historic home? 

You are in luck because the Historic Home Show is just a few weeks away: January 28 and 29 at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. 

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Posted by Emily O'Brien on January 6, 2017 at 3:10pm

Stuff Nature Screwed Up

“Not long after we moved into our 1791 stone farmhouse, we realized we were not alone. A steady hum was coming from deep within our velvet-green living-room walls. Turned out, bees were living in there—thousands of them! We’ve managed to coexist for years. But now they’ve…

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Posted by Emily O'Brien on December 15, 2016 at 2:00pm

Kitchen & Bath Renovations with a Budget in Mind

Before you start demolishing the room, have a master plan—and decide where you will save or splurge.

By Patricia Poore

A few good decisions, made early, just might buy you that art…

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Posted by Emily O'Brien on December 15, 2016 at 2:31pm

Quick Energy Fixes

Thick walls, deep eaves, and high ceilings are all reasons why old houses feel cooler in hot weather and warmer in winter than more recent buildings do. Even so, many old houses lack insulation and central HVAC systems, making it hard to retrofit them with the latest in technological advances.

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Posted by Emily O'Brien on November 2, 2016 at 12:02pm

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