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Franz replied to Shawn and Jessica Dow's discussion Why is the center of my floor a different color?
"This is one I DEFINITELY have the answer to, because I watched it unfold. The floor in the center is original.  Around 1950 somebody came along with the idea to do something about that ugly old floor, and installed the newer (light)…"
5 hours ago
KARODY ROBBINS replied to Brian Campbell's discussion Bathroom with Wrap-Around Drawer Vanity
"The mirror is fantastic!"
9 hours ago
KARODY ROBBINS replied to KARODY ROBBINS's discussion Rounded openings on 1885 Stick Victorian
"Your mother was a wise woman ;).  That definitely helps on the arched doorways, though.  House was divided into apartments during WWII when an air force base came into town, so all the arches must have been added then- and probably…"
9 hours ago
KARODY ROBBINS replied to KARODY ROBBINS's discussion Rounded openings on 1885 Stick Victorian
"Good advice.  We definitely do have bigger fish to fry :)."
9 hours ago
caseypratt replied to KARODY ROBBINS's discussion Rounded openings on 1885 Stick Victorian
"Taken together, the short/random strip flooring and the colonial-revival plaster arches make me think 1930's-50's. Casey"
17 hours ago
Lair Tienter replied to KARODY ROBBINS's discussion Rounded openings on 1885 Stick Victorian
"Thanks for the pictures, it was like going back to my parents home.  Remodeled in the early 50's by a contractor who didn't like wood work and had a guy the plastered for cheap.  Everywhere wood belonged there was an…"
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Phil replied to KARODY ROBBINS's discussion Rounded openings on 1885 Stick Victorian
"I am curious as to what others say.  I am inclined to think that they aren't original, perhaps widened from regular passage doors?  The walls are too thin to be modified pocket door openings.  The trim in the arches looks sloppy,…"
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Phil replied to KARODY ROBBINS's discussion Fireplace in 1885 Stick Victorian
"Ouch.  This fireplace mantel...well...it has a very nice reflection of a stained glass window in its mirror.  "
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Why is the center of my floor a different color? 4 Replies

Hello all,We are trying to unravel several oddities in our "new" home, which we believe was built in the 1920s. In the center of the parlor and living room, the wood in the center of the floor is both a different type, and stained differently, than the wood around the edge of the room. Has anyone seen this before? I'd love your insight or even guesses!…Continue

Tags: mystery, floor, hardwood

Started by Shawn and Jessica Dow in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by Franz 5 hours ago.

Bathroom with Wrap-Around Drawer Vanity 10 Replies

This was a fun creative piece of work I did this past summer. Hope it is interesting:All the best,Basswoodhttp://basswoodcarpentry.com/Continue

Started by Brian Campbell in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by KARODY ROBBINS 9 hours ago.

Rounded openings on 1885 Stick Victorian 12 Replies

Still researching our new property so we can come up with a plan. The local heritage commission states that large rectangular shaped opening has been rounded.  However, several openings are rounded.  Should we try to find squared out casing under all these openings or would rounded or arched openings have been appropriate on a formal home in 1885?Continue

Started by KARODY ROBBINS in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by KARODY ROBBINS 9 hours ago.

Fireplace in 1885 Stick Victorian 7 Replies

What say you about this gas fireplace in the entry room?  Tilework is nice, wooden box around it seems flimsy and not old enough to be original...For context, there is a newspaper article from 1910 that states house is outfitted with the latest amenities by a local gas company, so I'm pretty sure that fireplace would have been present by then....but it's ugly.  Obviously, the ridiculous insert will have to go, but what about that mantle?Continue

Started by KARODY ROBBINS in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by Phil on Tuesday.

New Restorer Buys Huge 1893 Stick Vick 13 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 on Tuesday.

Random screech-like sounds in walls - Not an animal though

Hello, I'm new to this forum. Thanks in advance for any help you can give me. I've had this noise in my house, seems to be coming from only one section of the house, but I can't pinpoint where exactly. I live in a 1978 town house. 2 story. The noise is coming from the wall, maybe the floor above. I can't tell. It sounds like a chair is being dragged on the floor. Imagine when you get up from a chair and push it back and there is that echo from the screeching on the floor. Last night I recorded…Continue

Tags: confused, Townhouse, movement, explain, loud

Started by Jay Nouri in Old House How-To Feb 10.

Does an affordable source for authentic flat subway tiles exhist? 4 Replies

I am wondering if there is such a thing as an affordable source for subway tiles that are flat without pillowed edges that can be grouted thinly. Can't beat the price of Home Depot's plain daltile subway tile but I am just looking for something a little more authentic for a 1914 kitchen. I had a Heritage Tile quote but at almost $20 a square foot, I just can't afford it! Any magic suggestions for inexpensive authentic look??Continue

Started by Melissa Wolff in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by psychochix Feb 9.

Formula for venting wooden columns 3 Replies

Does anyone know the formula for calculating the number and size of venting necessary to vent large fluted wooden columns? They have a diameter of 32" at the base and 24" at the top and are 22 feet tall. Thanks for any help that can he offered.GaryContinue

Started by Gary Grau in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by caseypratt Feb 9.

range hoods - where can I find information on period authentic designs?? 4 Replies

Hello! I am new to oldhouseonline and also a new owner to an old home! It's a 1914 Arts and Crafts (with Victorian characteristics as well.) We are re-working the kitchen as our first project and have the cabinets and soapstone countertops in. We were not able to continue using the Quick Meal gas and wood stove (I may keep it as décor? Any ideas there?) so we have a new stainless modern range. I am looking to custom re-create a range hood that is looks appropriate for the period. Shape?…Continue

Tags: and, Crafts, Arts, 1914, hood

Started by Melissa Wolff in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by Melissa Wolff Feb 9.

New Knobs, Old Mortise Locksets 5 Replies

There is probably an easy answer to this question, but I can't seem to find it.  Several years ago, I bought and restored/remodeled a 1929 craftsman.  I kept all the beautiful old doors and hardware, even though my contractor couldn't remove the mortise locksets (they have been painted over MANY times and clearly not cared for).  I put the doors with the most functional hardware on the main floor and my builder added newer knobs to the upstairs doors.  He left the mortise hardware on the door…Continue

Started by Julie in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by Gary Grau Feb 6.

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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

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. …

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