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What's the worst thing a contractor has done to your house?
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Kyle Barker on Sunday.

What has your spouse screwed up?
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Lair Tienter Jun 22, 2013.

Share your salvage ideas!
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Phil Jun 10, 2013.

 

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Kyle Barker replied to Clare Martin's discussion What's the worst thing a contractor has done to your house?
"I had a standing seam metal roof put on my house and without asking the roofer removed the aluminum siding and the original shakes underneath it on the side of my tower. His reasoning was "it was the only way to put the new flashing on".…"
Sunday
johninelgin replied to Clare Martin's discussion What's the worst thing a contractor has done to your house?
"When I bought my house I was excited at the opportunity to learn skills I have always been intersted in.  Fortunately, I'm too poor to hire contractors, so there were a lot of skills to learn.  After changing out the plumbing from…"
Saturday
James Olson replied to Clare Martin's discussion What's the worst thing a contractor has done to your house?
"We needed construction drawings drawn up, signed & sealed by an architect in order to get our building permit.  A year and $10K later we learned our "architect" (whom, it turns out, has less architectural drafting…"
Thursday
Tanya replied to Clare Martin's discussion What's the worst thing a contractor has done to your house?
"This still peeves me and it has been years now so if I sound bitter please understand. Our porch was this mint green disaster which I patiently painted a nice yellow with white trim then sanded and stained the pine floor.  Being so…"
Mar 20
Red Queen replied to Clare Martin's discussion What's the worst thing a contractor has done to your house?
"We had a crumbling chimney on our 1878 Stick Style Victorian. I was 8 months pregnant and my husband was away on business when the chimney was repaired. I really had to take the contractors word for it that the job had been finished. Imagine our…"
Mar 19
Andy Streenz replied to Clare Martin's discussion What's the worst thing a contractor has done to your house?
"Not much of a story, per se, but the contractor who restored my home removed an original, intact, 1897 victorian bathroom including clawfoot tub and marble sink in favor for a plastic tub/shower surround and modern sink vanity.  Thankfully, he…"
Mar 10
StoneHouseGuy replied to Clare Martin's discussion What's the worst thing a contractor has done to your house?
"Hi - we had a doozie of a contractor do some work of rue once. Rather than rewrite the whole tale, heres a link to the blog story about it - photos…"
Mar 10
CatwomanofV replied to Clare Martin's discussion What's the worst thing a contractor has done to your house?
"I guess I will start. We hired this guy to redo our kitchen-mainly our peninsula where our sink is and some cabinets next to & above the stove. He started the work on a Friday and that first day he gutted the room. THEN he informs us that he…"
Mar 7

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Tell us about yourself:
I'm the managing editor of Old-House Journal.
Tell us about your old-house experiences and dreams:
While I haven't been lucky enough to own an old house (being a magazine editor isn't quite the glamorous, high-paying job that TV and movies would have you believe), I have lived in a series of old apartment buildings, dating from the 1920s to the 1950s. Currently, I live in DC's Capitol Hill Historic District on the top floor of a 1901 building that was once a general store. I'm dreaming of the day when I have a charming little bungalow to call my own.

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Announcing MyOldHouseOnline's Home for the Holidays Contest

In the year or so since we started this community, we've been beyond impressed with the pictures of lovingly restored homes you've shared with us. And we're betting that when it comes time to decorate for the holidays, you're going to wow us once again. Think your holiday decorations have what it takes to win you a free year of Old-House Journal? Then enter them in our Home for the Holidays contest!



Here's the deal: Any holiday that falls… Continue

Posted on October 18, 2010 at 10:46am

The Joys of House-Hunting

For all its related stresses, I genuinely do love the process of looking for a new place to live. I'm the kind of person who likes to walk around in the evenings, peering into people's windows to see what their homes look like inside. House-hunting offers the same thrill, magnified—instead of merely getting a glimpse of the kitchen or living room from the sidewalk, you get to poke around each and every room and (even better!) imagine how you'd do things differently.



For the past few… Continue

Posted on July 1, 2010 at 10:35am

New Contest: Best Storage Ideas!

Calling all handy homeowners! In conjunction with our storage-themed April/May issue, the editors of Old-House Journal are looking for your best old-house storage ideas. We realize that a lack of storage space is often a huge disadvantage of older homes, but we also know it's true that necessity is the mother of invention—so we're betting you've found plenty of creative ways to get around the storage conundrum. Send us a photo,… Continue

Posted on February 16, 2010 at 7:01pm

And the winner is...

Congratulations to Lair Tienter, Contestant #18, who swept MyOHJ's Perfect Porch Contest with a commanding victory!





Lair's porch will be featured in the September/October issue of Old-House Journal, so be sure to pick up a copy in early September to see his porch in print. If you voted for Lair and would like to share what you love about his porch for inclusion in our… Continue

Posted on July 27, 2009 at 9:16am

MyOHJ's Perfect Porch Contest: Is your porch a winner?

Confession time: When I was proofing our July/August issue and read Jim McMaster's story about how he completely rebuilt the intricate balustrade on his Victorian lake house, I was in awe. Using nothing more than the tools he had on hand and a healthy dose of ingenuity, he was able to craft a spot-on replica of the original railing that will stay with his house for another century or… Continue

Posted on June 26, 2009 at 5:00pm — 6 Comments

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At 2:55pm on August 15, 2008, Demetra said…
It's cool that you're going to Craftsman Weekend--you're really going to like it.
At 12:57pm on September 19, 2008, Lisa Curry Mair said…
Would OHJ like to feature an interesting little business in southern Vermont? I own Canvasworks Floorcloths and have been designing, fabricating, and painting canvas floorcloths for museums, interior designers and individual's homes for 15 years. The studio is part of our rambling 18th, 19th and 20th century farmhouse, which is nestled at the base of the majestic Ascutney Mountain. You can learn all about my business and floorcloths at http://www.canvasworksfloorcloths.com
Here's a photo of one of my floorcloths, posing in our kitchen:

Please call (802)263-5410 or email me if you'd like to talk about this.
-Lisa Curry Mair
At 10:55am on September 28, 2010, Kathi Moore said…
Be sure to visit back when the Arts & Crafts exhibition opens Nov. 2, 2010 - March 30, 2012. Details will be here: www.indianamuseum.org/tc_steele

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