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5 Common Electrical Issues Found in Older Homes

You love living in your old house, but sometimes it can be challenging, right? Older homes can have plenty of character and a particular charm, but they carry with them a range of problems when it comes to repairs and maintenance. Electrical installations can be particularly problematic, complicating your life at inopportune moments. In fact, old electrical installations can cause malfunctions which can sometimes be downright dangerous. So, what are the most common electrical issues that plague…See More
Dec 5
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Vintage House Renovation Essentials

People often ask if there is a difference between restoring a modern house and a period house. The answer is both yes and no. If you are doing it room by room, then the procedure is pretty much the same, while if you are renovating the whole place at once, the order in which you do it might be different. This is one way to do it.Having a visionAs the first step, go…See More
Oct 6
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Sep 12
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Top 4 Tricks to Restoring a Vintage House

One funny thing about adjectives is that their connotation usually gets determined by the noun they stand next to. For instance, when you say a vintage cupboard, people create a mental image of a luxurious Victorian furniture piece. On the other hand, a vintage house is most likely a euphemism for a ruinous property on the outskirts. Still, where some may see a problem others see an opportunity. This being said, there is a fortune to be made by renovating a vintage house and then selling it.…See More
Aug 12
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Best Way to Waterproof a Vintage House Basement

Whether you’ve just bought a lovely vintage house or you want to add more usable space to your home, waterproofing your basement is an important home improvement project. If your basement is always damp with a musty smell, not only are you deprived of a perfectly usable space, but you’re also at risk from fungi and mould. In addition, frequent leaks may cause more serious damages and even house floods, which can cost you a fortune to repair. Therefore, by waterproofing your home, you’ll ensure…See More
Aug 8
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Give Your Vintage Home a Facelift

Buying and living in a vintage house often requires a little elbow grease here and there to truly make it shine. Details such as fireplaces, woodwork and wide floorboards tend to be unspoiled by any renovation work, which makes the exciting opportunity of returning your old home to its former glory that easier. However, restoration of vintage homes is by no means an easy task and often requires special care when dealing with and restoring old structures. That said, let’s go over some of the…See More
Jun 28
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Risks and Rewards of DIY Vintage Home Repairs

Even though you might consider yourself an experienced do-it-yourself handyman, sometimes you’re not sure whether to take a project into your hands or hire a professional. When faced with such a dilemma there are a few things to consider. Take a look.Are you skilled enough?Sometimes, it takes years to learn how to properly use…See More
Jun 27
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5 Ways to Make Your Old House as Energy-Efficient as a New One

If you live in a house that’s more than fifty years old, you’re probably used to paying higher utility bills. Today’s architects and contractors take into consideration the energy efficiency and consumers value it as one of the best features a home can have. It wasn’t always like that. Not because the energy was more abundant thirty or forty years ago, but because the construction industry couldn’t seal off the outside influences with the same efficiency as they do it today.So, there’s no…See More
May 12
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Most Common Old House Plumbing Issues

Old houses have their charm, but they actually can cause many problems. Besides the possibility of mold and mildew development, outdated materials used for building or termite infestation, older houses have some common problems when it comes to plumbing. These can cause many other troubles since a busted pipe can flood your home and cause mold and ruin walls and floors. That’s why it is good to know the most common plumbing issues so you would know what to pay attention to in your old house or…See More
Apr 26
Lair Tienter commented on Emma Lawson's blog post 4 Most Common Old House Renovations
"There is a piece of my life I won't get back. Reading your blogs always ends up being a waste of time.  Maybe if you want to blog you should write about something you know about.  Try maybe living in a new house and caring for two…"
Apr 10
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4 Most Common Old House Renovations

There’s something about old houses, especially if you prefer the taste of vintage. Renovating an old home into something you can live in is definitely cheaper than buying a brand new state-of-the-art piece of real estate. However, knowing what common renovations to expect once you decide to fix an old house is crucial for making this decision.…See More
Apr 10
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A Beginner’s Guide to Using Antiques in Your Home

As we all know, fashion keeps changing and some trends that were popular years ago tend to come back in style. This is why keeping clothes and furniture of our great-grandparents might come in handy as we can use them later in a new setting. So, it would be good if you could pick up a few…See More
Mar 28
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Mar 21
Emma Lawson posted a blog post

5 Ways to Make Your Home Safer

Many people don’t know that we spend nearly half of our lives in our homes. Our home is a place where we have to feel and be the safest. That’s why we mustn’t leave anything to chance. With that being said, here is a list of tips on how to keep your home as safe as possible and at the same time calm your nerves.1. Make…See More
Feb 27
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Dec 29, 2016
Emma Lawson posted a blog post

How to Maintain Your Home's Vintage Feel

Some people aren’t into that which is trendy, new and chic; there are those who prefer the vintage feel to their houses. If you consider yourself a part of this group of people, you should make sure that you never underestimate the vintage – it might seem easy to achieve, but a proper amount of dedication and planning is very much required. Here are a couple of tips on maintaining that vintage feel in your brand new ancient home.…See More
Dec 19, 2016

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Tell us about yourself:
Emma is stay at home mum to two boys,decorating junkie and forever in love with vintage style.
Tell us about your old-house experiences and dreams:
It's always an extraordinary experience to visit some of the old castles and houses built by our grandparents. We can learn a lot about the use of the space and materials.

Emma Lawson's Blog

5 Common Electrical Issues Found in Older Homes

You love living in your old house, but sometimes it can be challenging, right? Older homes can have plenty of character and a particular charm, but they carry with them a range of problems when it comes to repairs and maintenance. Electrical installations can be particularly problematic, complicating your life at inopportune moments. In fact, old electrical installations can cause malfunctions which can sometimes be downright dangerous. So, what are the most…

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Posted on December 5, 2017 at 8:03am

Vintage House Renovation Essentials

People often ask if there is a difference between restoring a modern house and a period house. The answer is both yes and no. If you are doing it room by room, then the procedure is pretty much the same, while if you are renovating the whole place at once, the order in which you do it might be different. This is one way to do it.…

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Posted on October 6, 2017 at 8:10am

Restoring an Old House in 6 Simple Steps

Restoring an old house is by no means an easy task. You have to consider the design, assess the situation, decide on the suitable construction method and find period-specific materials, all without burning a hole in your pocket. Fortunately, there’s a specific order in which things need to be accomplished and unless you want to become just another restoration horror story, make sure to go over the following six steps.…

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Posted on October 3, 2017 at 8:00am

6 Ways to Improve the Curb Appeal of Your Vintage House

Owning a vintage house is more than just being that new owner of “that adorable vintage place the Smiths used to live in”; it’s actually about adjusting your new home to your standards and turning it into a gorgeous, inviting and healthy space you and your family will love living in. For everyone who’s redoing their house and lives in Sydney (or any other part of Australia), they know how challenging it is to do any other design but the “beachy” or open space one. A vintage…

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Posted on September 12, 2017 at 11:30pm

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