Old Houses: Pre-1900 (901)

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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…

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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…

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Please help me identify beautiful hand painted chandelier.

Please help me identify this big beautiful lady.  She is hand painted with quite a bit of crazing on the china.  Arms are brass, similar to…


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Slate Roof Repair

It's been 15 years this month since I had my slate roof installed, had the box gutters rebuilt and lined in copper and had copper downspout…

Started by Susan Scofield

2 Mar 14
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Painting Iron Grates with Painted Floors

Hi - 1790 Tiny House here.  Painting my entry way in a black and white diamond pattern and I have an iron grate, smack in the middle of the…

Started by Pamela Logan

4 Mar 10
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Lifting perfectly good wood floor to find more decorative wood floor underneath

So on our 1885 Victorian, some side rooms have very narrow wood floors, often laid in a decorative pattern. In the middle or main rooms of…


11 Mar 10
Reply by Phil

Floor restoration options - Please help

Hi all, Hoping this community can help me! We recently purchased a home built in 1865 and while there are still many beautiful and origina…

Started by Stephanie

6 Mar 7
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What Style is my Philly Rowhouse?

I am in the process of buying this rowhouse in South Philadelphia and I can't quite put my finger on the style. I think it is Italianate ba…

Started by Devyn

1 Mar 5
Reply by Nora James

New Restorer Buys Huge 1893 Stick Vick

Please share any advice!  This house is very well known in our town and has a beautiful history, but interior fixtures, including original…


15 Mar 2

How to remove backing from tile from a 1903 Queen Anne Victorian

I had to remove my mantel and tile surround because of a serious chimney flashing leak (now repaired)  The tile is stuck to a material buil…

Started by Michele Hamlin

5 Mar 2
Reply by Donald Shore

Is it desirable to reattach plaster keys when re-insulating attic?

An example of how one little project morphs into several bigger projects... House in mid-Michigan (42 degrees north latitude, USDA Zone 5)…

Started by Italianate in Ionia

18 Mar 2
Reply by Jonah Stein

Exterior vs. Interior Storms

In a couple of months, we'll start experiencing our first winter with our 1882 frame house. Luckily, we aren't actually living in it yet. T…

Started by Dianne

18 Mar 2
Reply by Sloane


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