I am curious how others fund serious restoration projects. We are setting up a GoFundMe and Kickstarter. There are no grants or loan programs in our region for home projects--just commercial restorations. Any ideas? Would most appreciate! brickerfarm.comContinue
After stripping my german siding I've noticed all the boards have a green tinged to them. Is this remnants of the original paint color or an early version of pressured treated lumber? The house was built in 1909. Just curious if anyone knew.Thanks,Amanda (WV)Continue
Started by Amanda Stroud in Old Houses: 1900-1945 7 hours ago.
All - Our house orginally had some pretty cool roof stripe designs painted on the cedar shingles. We now have asphalt shingles and that design is long gone. I can definitely make the stencil for this design out of luan and the stencil on the rood using either oil or latex paint, re-create the design as it was orginally. The stencil would be huge --- 3 1/2 feet X 4 feet. I know the exact design dimensions. Can this be done on asphalt shingles and last? I ask this because there are places on…Continue
Readers; My Maybe Stair case is not such. I did some more 'digging' and found a power tool was used to cut away OLD 1x16 fir planks. I found out that the narrow opening was once the home of some support pieces 45 inches apart, I did find two of them, and the clews as to were some were removed. It appears that the upstairs hallway was ripped up, circa 1950, to place yellow with perforated white plastic insulation on the 1st floor ceiling! My GUESS is they closed off the 2nd floor in the…Continue
Started by Mr. Charles ANTHONY in Old Houses: Pre-1900 on Saturday.
Hello,I have stone foundation in various states of repair. A quick look around reveals the presence of older lime based mortar in places, and what appears to be concrete based mortar in others. I've read through the threads on mortar selection, and I'm beginning to understand the differences. The potential damage to brick necessitates the use of lime based mortar. However, stone is stone, and my foundation has been standing for 300 years (200 under the kitchen). I'm not really concerned…Continue
I'm renovating the exterior of my 100+ year old house this summer. I took off all the aluminum siding and am in the process of sourcing out the trim and clapboards needed for repair. Most of the trim boards will be easy enough to replicate but the cedar clapboards are an unusual dimension.......1/2 X 6 1/8. Let me add that it is NOT beveled. It is 1/2 inch top and bottom....square cut. So if you can picture that....just these simple rectangular shaped boards. Well, some are cracked as one might…Continue
I am researching the work on noted "pattern book" architect, George F. Barber. Barber is credited with the creation of tens of thousands of homes, throughout the USA and Canada, by using a mail-order process that stemmed from Barber's pattern books and monthly periodical publications. Barber's designs were published between 1888 and 1908, with the first 12 or so years being largely designed in the Queen Anne Victorian style. Around 1900 Barber reluctantly began to incorporate designs in the…Continue
Readers; Here is one for guess work & perhaps a bit of educated guessing as well. Background 1st: I have an "I" house, a rectangular building that was once 16' wide and 30 ft. long. An addition was added to one end, of 10 ft.length. It is 'balloon construction' it appears. The current stairs are at the end of the…Continue
Started by Mr. Charles ANTHONY in Old Houses: Pre-1900 on Thursday.
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
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!