My Old House Online

An online community for people who love old houses.

Sign up for the FREE Old-House Savvy Newsletter!

Latest Activity

Phil replied to Rkat's discussion Pre-1900 home with some sections of unfinished flooring - need opinions
"I would have a conversation with your finisher about how the sander will affect the grooves/beads in the floor in order to be sure that you are both on the same page with how the sanding will affect the look of the grooving.  Power sanding will…"
1 hour ago
Shelley Reimer posted a discussion

old cistern question

I have a problem  (of course!). My kitchen drain pipe goes into the basement, where it empties into a tile which leads outside to the cistern. Yesterday, I noticed it was backing up into the basement, and ran a hose through the tile to try to open…See More
20 hours ago
Greg Neff posted a discussion

Reclaimed Travertine Wall Tiles from Louis Schwiter Mansion. Indianapolis.Indiana.

 We have 5 Crates of Wall Travertine Wall tile. (non filled inclusions)    Reclaimed from the Louis Schwitzer mansion that was demolished last year.   yet to actually measure the sq. footage, but we will try.   some have mitered corners. 1" thick.  …See More
22 hours ago
Tyler posted photos
yesterday
Tyler posted photos
yesterday
Rkat replied to Rkat's discussion Pre-1900 home with some sections of unfinished flooring - need opinions
"Thank you for your input! Biggest reason why we got rid of the rugs was they were filthy and smelled bad, but we are going for getting the flooring finished. Despite the boards looking totally different in the middle (as seen in my previous comment…"
yesterday
Kim G replied to Rkat's discussion Pre-1900 home with some sections of unfinished flooring - need opinions
"If you don't want to use area rugs, finish the floor. You do not want to have to deal with damaged floors later on. The area rug used was personal preference by the original owner, you are the current (or will be) owner and are allowed personal…"
yesterday
Kim G posted a discussion
yesterday

Videos

  • Add Videos
  • View All
 

Old House Forum

Pre-1900 home with some sections of unfinished flooring - need opinions 15 Replies

Hello,My husband and I are in the process of buying a pre-1900 home. It has been very well maintained and is very lovely... we feel like there isn't much we need to do to make it suit our personal tastes! However, we discovered that a lot of old homes often had a section in the middle of certain rooms (dining/parlour rooms) where the floor was left intentionally unfinished because back in those times people just did that since they intended to cover those sections of flooring with large area…Continue

Tags: sections, finish, flooring, unfinished, pre-1900

Started by Rkat in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by Phil 1 hour ago.

old cistern question

I have a problem  (of course!). My kitchen drain pipe goes into the basement, where it empties into a tile which leads outside to the cistern. Yesterday, I noticed it was backing up into the basement, and ran a hose through the tile to try to open it up.The blockage is about 7 feet from the house, and so I went out to the access tile, which is also blocked up. After trying to wash  it out with the hose, I finally decided to stick my arm down in there to see if I could feel anything.(I would not…Continue

Started by Shelley Reimer in Old Houses: Pre-1900 20 hours ago.

Reclaimed Travertine Wall Tiles from Louis Schwiter Mansion. Indianapolis.Indiana.

 We have 5 Crates of Wall Travertine Wall tile. (non filled inclusions)    Reclaimed from the Louis Schwitzer mansion that was demolished last year.   yet to actually measure the sq. footage, but we will try.   some have mitered corners. 1" thick.   1930's era.   accepting best offer.  Thanks for looking.  IF this is in the wrong area, we apologize, seems swaps and sales has changed a bit since i posted on it years back. thanks.…Continue

Started by Greg Neff in Swaps and Sales 22 hours ago.

Introduction and Some Help 12 Replies

Hello,I am new to the site and am hoping some one can help me with a question about my house. I have a ~1915 Victorian house in upstate NY.Here is an image of the house when we purchased it.Here is a scan of a photo we were given of the house back in the day.…Continue

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

1832 Grist Mill & Land - Looking for Good Steward 2 Replies

The heirs of the GT Wilburn Estate are offering this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own a genuine piece of Americana real estate. The heirs are seeking a visionary buyer to acquire this historic property. A unique investor who appreciates and will dedicate his/her ownership and stewardship to extend the 200- year history of this fantastic, legendary place in America’s history.…Continue

Tags: sale, for, Farmhouse, Mill, Grist

Started by GT Wilburn in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by GT Wilburn on Monday.

What can we do with the old doors? 7 Replies

Our house was built in 1864.  As the result of several renovations, there are about a dozen doors in our attic.  They are heavy, solid wood doors..  I am sure they are worth something to the right person.  We are located in DeKalb, Illinois. Any ideas?Continue

Tags: doors

Started by Elaine Cozort in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by James Olson on Sunday.

Doors available

We have about a dozen old doors from our 1864 house that we would like to sell as is.  They are primarily interior, but some have windows.  Price: Best offer.  We are in DeKalb, Illinois.  email elainecoz210@yahoo.com or call 815-756-4981 for information. Continue

Tags: doors

Started by Elaine Cozort in Swaps and Sales on Saturday.

Old house finish quandry 2 Replies

We found a box style newel post at an antique store and want to retrofit it to where the original back stair case was. The retrofit will be minimal and i will have to "wrap the bottom in new quarter sawn oak" and move a tiny molding up on a couple sides to accommodate the first step. With the 'new oak' going on there, we will have to match the stain, and then the finish - hence the problem.I would love to match the old finish on the newel and wonder if there is a technique that will mimic the…Continue

Started by Tom owns a Barber #1 in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by Tom owns a Barber #1 on Thursday.

Restoring Front Porch on 1909 Home 12 Replies

Hello,I'm working to restore the front porch of my 1909 home. It appears at one time there were brackets between the posts. You can see where the paint was removed that there were decorative items mounted. I'd like to find something that respects the four square style and the period it was built. We are in a neighborhood with various Arthur Pillsbury homes, but have not been able to locate any photos of our home. Any ideas what the brackets and rafter tails may have looked like? We were…Continue

Started by Tempwave in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by Tom owns a Barber #1 Oct 15.

Blog Posts

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. …

Continue

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 — 2 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…

Continue

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

Old-House Online

Loading… Loading feed

Photos

Loading…
  • Add Photos
  • View All
 
 
 

Get Connected:

Follow Us on Twitter We're on Facebook! LinkedIn




Badge

Loading…
From the editors of
Old-House Journal and Old-House Interiors

For more restoration tips, decorating tricks, and more for old houses, visit oldhouseonline.com.

© 2014   Created by Community Host.

Old Houses | Restoration Products  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service