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Greek Revival Kitchen

I have an 1847 half a double in a small PA town. My kitchen was originally separate from the main house but was connected via a new dining…

Started by JanLatest Reply

Bathroom with Wrap-Around Drawer Vanity

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

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in-roof gutters

I'm about to get the roof replaced on my 1894 Victorian. Due to the crown moulding on all the fascia, the gutters are actually placed into…

Started by LeRoy WilliamsLatest Reply

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FREE WEBINAR: Choosing a Screen or Storm Door For Your Home.

Sponsored by Vintage Doors Presented by Vintage Doors and Old House Journal magazine Adding a screen & storm door to your home is the e…

Started by Danielle Small

0 on Tuesday

Insulation Question, Helpful Suggstions or Hints?

Demo work has finally begun! Any suggestions for insulation? I was thinking R-19 as I live in Pittsburgh PA and the winters can often be we…

Started by Will H

9 on Tuesday
Reply by Will H

Do you live in a George F. Barber "pattern book" house?

I am researching the work on noted "pattern book" architect, George F. Barber. Barber is credited with the creation of tens of thousands of…

Started by Chris DiMattei

93 on Monday
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Shellac over apple green paint? Historical finish?

    All -     One our 3rd floor I recently discovered what seemed to be a wood finish on paneling based on shellac on top of a pale green o…

Started by PStewart

12 Aug 15
Reply by Quintin - Walt Cassetori Tiffany

Shellac over paint ?

lately i have been finding that parts of my house had been painted a light tan then they applied a layer of shellac over it . i'm a little…

Started by Quintin - Walt Cassetori Tiffany

1 Aug 15
Reply by cblehmann

Painting old Victorian roof stripes on an asphalt roof? Photo and suggestions...?

All -     Our house orginally had some pretty cool roof stripe designs painted on the cedar shingles. We now have asphalt shingles and th…

Started by PStewart

15 Aug 11
Reply by Amanda Stroud

2001 Restoration of a Colonial Home

   While researching the Denn House at the Salem County Historical Society, a question is raised about the possibilty of a stair tower. A s…

Started by Lois Groshong

0 Aug 11

Why care

   Architecture is the snap shot of place and time, past and present. As good stewards to our built environment, our duty is to establish w…

Started by Lois Groshong

0 Jul 31

"I" House Stairs? More Photos

Hey Ho! Old house fans, here are some more photos of the 'maybe stairs' location. This hall is 17 feet long and 33 inches between joists. …

Started by Mr. Charles ANTHONY

4 Jul 31
Reply by Matthew V. Lederer

How do you fund restoration?

I am curious how others fund serious restoration projects. We are setting up a GoFundMe and Kickstarter. There are no grants or loan progra…

Started by Susan Bonser

4 Jul 23
Reply by cblehmann


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