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The Art of Turning your Backyard into an Outdoor Living Space

Everyone is keen to turn their house into a home. After all, how many people simply move into a house or apartment and do… nothing?No one does that! If you went to visit a friend and, a year after moving in, they were still living out of boxes in…See More
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5 Common Electrical Issues Found in Older Homes

You love living in your old house, but sometimes it can be challenging, right? Older homes can have plenty of character and a particular charm, but they carry with them a range of problems when it comes to repairs and maintenance. Electrical…See More
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Phil left a comment for Matt Gubicza
"Just realized that I left essentially the same comment in two places.  "
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Phil replied to Matt Gubicza's discussion 1917 Colonial
"Could be later, but I don't think that 1917 seems too far off the mark. It might have been insulated during the depression even if built earlier.  Did your town have Sanborn insurance maps or a city directory?  Either of those…"
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Matt Gubicza left a comment for Matt Gubicza
"Thanks, this helps. I will search the Sanborn maps"
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Phil left a comment for Matt Gubicza
"Not sure about the Sears angle, but 1917 looks about right to me.  Insulation might have been added later.  Does Abington have Sanborn Insurance Maps?  If so, those might help date it."
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1917 Colonial 1 Reply

We were led to believe that our home was a Sears home model kit.  In looking through all of the old catalogues, I did not see a perfect fit, and from what I understand there was not much optionality in those kits.  While records indicate the house was built in 1917, I have found newspaper used for insulation from 1935.  Possibly just a coincidence but I have noticed that the home style seems to fit more closely with homes of the 30's.Any ideas on what home builder model we might have?Continue

Started by Matt Gubicza in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by Phil Dec 1.

1900 Victorian style? 6 Replies

Someone can help me figure out the style please. Built 1900 by the town physician, used as office and home. He was also the local railroad's surgeon.Any help with be fantastic for my future plans on fixing up the house, 2 questions...1. Victorian style correct?Just confused without the detailed work I have seen on most Victorians.2. What year or time frame did the metal porch braces start making appearances on front porches?I know the original house design would not have had the metal braces.…Continue

Started by Perkins in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by Perkins Nov 21.

Pellet stove options

We purchased a 1900 era home in Andover NJ a year ago.  The home was completely renovated and flipped but since it is an old home there are still a lot of air leaks and drafts.  I have been sealing up what I can but there is still a large difference in temperature between the main floor and second floor.  The home now has a central heat/AC system that works well in the summer but has its issues I the winter.  The system operates on Propane which is on the expensive side.  The heat warms the…Continue

Started by Donald Harris in Old Houses: 1900-1945 Nov 15.

Furnace/Radiators question - House built in 1895 6 Replies

Hello All,I am a first time home buyer, *this* close to making an offer on a house built in 1895.My husband and I are very artistic and handy and are looking forward to restoring, recycling, and upcycling as mush as possible.The one thing I find daunting about this house is the furnace/radiators were all drained a few years ago so the current owner has never used the system. He bought the house on a foreclosure intending to fix it up but never found the time. I don't have photos of the furnace…Continue

Started by Karin Deal in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by Kathleen L Straus Nov 7.

13 Waldron Court Marblehead, MA (1768 Revolutionary War Era Home)

Located on a highly desirable cul-de-sac in Old Town Marblehead and steps from the Harbor, this charming, 1768 home features a living room with 9 foot ceiling beams, dining room with fireplace, a 7 foot window overlooking a private, landscaped back yard, and master suite with a reading room and fireplace. The house has 4 bedrooms and 3 full baths. Walk-in closets in each bedroom, three floors of finished living space, and ample storage make this home comfortable for a family of any size. The…Continue

Started by Nicholas Walton in Old Houses: Pre-1900 Nov 6.

Please help identify species of wood. 3 Replies

We recently purchased our first home. It is located in Southern Minnesota and was constructed in the 1880's. I pulled back a bit of carpet to expose what I assume is the original flooring in the house. I spent a couple of hours sanding through layers of paint and a century of grime. Please help me identify what kind of wood I have in my floors and if it is worth restoring this flooring or continuing to cover it up. I would love to bring back some of the home's history, but it still has to look…Continue

Started by Ryan in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by Phil Nov 1.

I broke a curved window :(!!! 1 Reply

Does anyone have any idea where I can get this glass replaced? I was trying so hard to be careful removing the crazy epoxy caulking that was barely holding the glass up, but.....this happened. No one in Salina, Kansas does this curved glass. Anyone have a source?

Started by KARODY ROBBINS in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by Phil Oct 26.

Restore or replace cypress bevel siding 2 Replies

I'm finally planning to get serious about restoring my 1894 Queen Anne Victorian. One of the biggest issues is the condition of the siding. Most of it is weathered, cracked, and cupped with many layers of pealing paint (with lead). The original is made of cypress and has a decorative ogee curve on the bottom. Much has been replaced with a non-matching type. I have several sources for new basic 1x6 cypress beveled siding, and I can reproduce the ogee with a custom shaper bit. There's no question…Continue

Started by LeRoy Williams in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by psychochix Oct 26.

George F. Barber "pattern book" house 4 Replies

We have just purchased a "Queen Anne" home and will be moving to from Oregon in December.  The address is 128 W Main St, Sterling Kansas.  We are told it is a copy of the original Governor’s Mansion in Topeka Kansas which later burned down.I am interested to know if this is a George F. Barber "pattern book" house, or any known information for restoring purposes.Is it possible to buy a copy of George F. Barber "pattern book"…Continue

Started by Rod Lloyd in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by caseypratt Oct 24.

What style is this home? 4 Replies

We are purchasing this home. We know it was built in 1890 by a wealthy man for his daughter. It has an attached carriage home in the back. I am thinking gothic Victorian but there are no towers and no inside walls have paneling. So I think I may be wrong.I want to make sure any renovations we do help take it more period correct.Continue

Started by Dawna Waters in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by Dawna Waters Oct 24.

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Romancing a Twenties Home

In California, a 1928 red-tile and stucco house with a Hispano–Deco interior gets a period-perfect kitchen with inspired details. 

By Brian D. Coleman | Photos by William Wright…

The 1928 Spanish Revival home was remarkably intact, with its original red tiled roof, balconies, tower, and arched casement windows.

Posted by Emily O'Brien on November 2, 2016 at 12:00pm

Hot Water, Cool Savings

Almost every type of water heater now offers improved efficiency—even that dinosaur, the storage-tank heater.

By Mary Ellen Polson

Panels for solar water heaters usually have a smaller footprint than those for overall heating.

Panels for solar water heaters usually have a smaller footprint than those for overall heating.…


Posted by Emily O'Brien on November 2, 2016 at 12:07pm

True Vintage Style

The 1970s kitchen was garish before we got serious about restoration.

By Rosalie Wampler and Michael Gill | Photos by Blackstone Edge Studios

We tried to make the best of a really…


Posted by Emily O'Brien on March 7, 2017 at 12:13pm

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.

By Mary Ellen Polson…


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

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