Hello all! I am in the process of buying an American Foursquare (pic attached). At least I was told that's what the style is, but it does seem to missing that attic window that seems to prevalent in foursquares. Please let me know if this fits the style of one. This was built in 1900 but hardly anything is original. The floors are currently mostly carpeting with vinyl tile underneath so I'm really hoping the hardwood is under that.My main question would be the fireplace. Our home doesn't have…Continue
My wife and I just bought an old home from around 1900 in Northern New Jersey. The house was a flip and looks like they did a good job. The flipper told us that it was redone from the studs including all new electric, plumbing and roof. The issue that we are having now that we moved in is that the forced air/heat system that they installed is keeping the upstairs nice and toasty but the main floor is quite cold. The vents are located in the ceilings and you can feel the heat coming out of them…Continue
Our Germantown Philadelphia twin row house has galvanized steel bays and other decorative features that are in need of repair and painting. There are areas of rust, including rust-through, similar to that on an old car. I'm in the process of scraping the paint off in preparation for a repaint, but would like to repair these rusted panels myself by making patterns for bending new panels and renting an 8' brake to bend them.Should I use galvanized steel similar to what I'm replacing? We did have…Continue
This is my dear Mother's vintage, early 1950's Frigidaire Electric Stove with an outstanding oven, three burners, and the deep cooking well. Excellent oven! I have used and loved this stove, but with downsizing, I have to part with it. Mother and I have made tasty pound cakes, cheese cake, pecan tassies, etc.in our oven and winter soups and chile in the deep well. Makes me hungry to think about them. What wonderful memories! Please make me an offer!Thank you,Elizabeth Continue
Hi, I have an 1832 home built from large cut sandstone blocks. We have found two blocks in our old kitchen that are losing quite a bit of sand from the surface. These blocks are fine on the outside of the building so I am not sure what is causing the crumbling on the inside. I would like to try sealing the surface of these stones. Does anyone have any experience with this type of stone sealant?Continue
I recently embarked on a bathroom remodel. When we removed the old tub and surround there was considerable fungus and mold issues behind the surround on the northern exterior wall as well as fiberglass insulation. When we went to put the new tub in we had to remove a little more of the exterior wall and once again I found more mold and fungus, which prompted me to remove the whole northern exterior wall in the bathroom. There isn't really a lot of rot, just some stuff that's been there before…Continue
Dear friends,Many thanks for your wonderful site. It has been greatly appreciated.At this time I wish to discontinue the ad for my Grandmother's 1929 Magic Chef Gas Range.A marvelous gentleman has it in his possession at this time.Thank you. A Blessed Thanksgiving to all!Elizabeth WilsonContinue
Started by Elizabeth Wilson in Swaps and Sales Nov 22.
My dear Grandmother's beloved 1929 Magic Chef Gas Range, which has been covered in our home, is in excellent condition. This classic stove would be a wonderful edition for your vintage kitchen. Gas or can be hooked up with propane! It is 40 by 19 1/2 by 39 inches tall and is in beautiful condition. Grandmother’s range is all white enamel with black trim and would grace your kitchen with two (2) fold down covers, which open to reveal four (4) burners on the left and a work area on the right.…Continue
Started by Elizabeth Wilson in Swaps and Sales Nov 2.
So here's my problem: My main exterior door was re-framed at some point before I bought the house. It's fine.But the screen door, oy! I finally had to pull it off, since whoever hung it didn't have enough frame on which to fully hang the hinges, meaning that the hinges would pull out every single year, and no matter how I tried to re-build or reinforce the frame, they wouldn't last.So I finally pulled the old screen door off, and discovered that the entire screen door frame is skewed. The…Continue
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
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