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basement parlor
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Hi have any of you ever come across a house with a basement parlor , our house an 1888 queen Anne has a basement parlor with faux marble slate fireplace plaster walls basemouldings and big picture…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Franz Aug 9, 2016.

just a few odd things about the style of my house
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so my house was built in 1888 its a pretty traditional queen anne , the front is a little odd u come in the front door well through the vestibule then the door, you enter the hall a rounded room is…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Quintin - Walt Tiffany Dec 4, 2015.

Finding original colors
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I was wondering if any one knows of a way to determine the original colors of a house , i have heard stories where an old photos is used and they some how determine what colors it was based on the…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by James Olson May 21, 2015.

1888 Queen Anne West Michigan
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1888 Queen Anne located just a few minutes from lake Michigan , 9 stained glass windows , extremely ornately carved fireplaces  , depicting Greek mythology ,  6 bedrooms , 2 full baths , the bedrooms…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Quintin - Walt Tiffany Mar 20, 2015.

 

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Franz replied to Quintin - Walt Tiffany's discussion basement parlor
"Eureeka, you've discovered the original Man Cave. Or possibly a house built for a family of means with many children."
Aug 9, 2016
caseypratt replied to Quintin - Walt Tiffany's discussion basement parlor
"Men's smoking room. Casey"
Aug 7, 2016
Quintin - Walt Tiffany posted a discussion

basement parlor

Hi have any of you ever come across a house with a basement parlor , our house an 1888 queen Anne has a basement parlor with faux marble slate fireplace plaster walls basemouldings and big picture rails the floor was wood I believe pine in normal floor six boards not wide plank and this room also has its own stairs from the front hall the other basement rooms had there own stairs from the kitchen , that came down to the laundry / summer kitchen and access to boiler room , so this parlor room…See More
Aug 7, 2016
Quintin - Walt Tiffany replied to Quintin - Walt Tiffany's discussion just a few odd things about the style of my house
"the first owner owned most of this part of town and developed it he was a guess you'd say an entrepreneur owned some shipping lines for the great lakes"
Dec 4, 2015
Lair Tienter replied to Quintin - Walt Tiffany's discussion just a few odd things about the style of my house
"I have worked on homes with this floor plan before.  In a couple cases the home was built by a lawyer or notary.  My thinking was the entry part was used for an office.  That would allow anyone doing business to come in and not having…"
Dec 4, 2015
Quintin - Walt Tiffany posted a discussion

just a few odd things about the style of my house

so my house was built in 1888 its a pretty traditional queen anne , the front is a little odd u come in the front door well through the vestibule then the door, you enter the hall a rounded room is on the left and the stairs poke out of the wall with a pier like landing with spandrels and column  it find it odd that they would have the stairs behind a wall i felt this was a little uncommon for 1888 there is a radiator pipe and return inside the wall so i assume it has always been there , im…See More
Dec 4, 2015
Quintin - Walt Tiffany replied to I love old houses!'s discussion Radiator Paint Question
"i have painted mine , i couldnt find gold oil, so i primed the exposed spots with white oil, then painted it with a few coats of water based , dont put water based on exposed parts or u will have rust spots coming through, my one radiator " has…"
Nov 13, 2015
James Olson replied to Quintin - Walt Tiffany's discussion Finding original colors
"http://www.oldhousejournal.com/restoration_directory/by_category/other_companies/?section=152900 Paint that was exposed from the time it was applied will tend to be more discolored than that which wasn't.  Even so, chemically, older…"
May 21, 2015
M. O'Neil replied to Quintin - Walt Tiffany's discussion Finding original colors
"This is one of the most fun project assignments for a preservation consultant, appropriately trained. The analysis is called microscopy, and essentially is taking small samples, mounting in a medium and examining under a multi powered microscope. I…"
May 20, 2015
Sean Maher replied to Quintin - Walt Tiffany's discussion Finding original colors
"You can also do paint microscopy. There are companies that do this.  They will come in (for a fee, naturally) and remove particles from the areas you wish to know original or early colors.  Using microscopes with varying light filters they…"
Apr 24, 2015
Lair Tienter replied to Quintin - Walt Tiffany's discussion Finding original colors
"When looking for the colors of my house we looked under the fish scale shingles and found 2 colors of green.  There was also something from a old paper article describing the house as a brick house with moss and emerald windows.  That…"
Apr 21, 2015
cblehmann replied to Quintin - Walt Tiffany's discussion Finding original colors
"Great place! Try scraping a bit or sanding out layers.  Have Fun and Good luck!"
Apr 21, 2015
CatwomanofV replied to Quintin - Walt Tiffany's discussion Finding original colors
"I have often wondered how our house looked when it was first built. What is now our kitchen used to be the back porch-we think. It could have been just the outside. When we had our kitchen redone last year, they took off the sheet rock and found…"
Apr 20, 2015
Quintin - Walt Tiffany posted a discussion

Finding original colors

I was wondering if any one knows of a way to determine the original colors of a house , i have heard stories where an old photos is used and they some how determine what colors it was based on the shades of sepia that appear in the photo, but im not sure if these claims are true .  so has any one had any luck searching out the original colors of their house?See More
Apr 20, 2015
Quintin - Walt Tiffany replied to Quintin - Walt Tiffany's discussion 1888 Queen Anne West Michigan
"yes the former owner had some gone with the wind thing , but other then the front porch the house is pretty much original .  and very showy .  The bedrooms are spacious and the servant call system comes in handy when your in the bedroom…"
Mar 20, 2015
caseypratt replied to Quintin - Walt Tiffany's discussion 1888 Queen Anne West Michigan
"It's a super shame that it has lost its original porch; the two-story columns (on loan from Tara/GWTW?) are a supreme in-your-face WTF. The interior appointments are extremely fine. Casey"
Mar 20, 2015

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we are 28 and 55 year old home owners in west michigan and have always enjoyed the beauty of old homes and their style
Tell us about your old-house experiences and dreams:
our house is the oldest house on our street contruction began march 1888 it is a 3 story pink queen anne , it has 4 main bedrooms and 2 servants rooms ,it has 2 bathrooms but i believe it once had a third in the basement , it has a modern kitchen in the rear where a pantry and built in coolers once stood so i have been able to have a modern kitchen with out degrading the original look of my house , i have gotten lucky in that my servant call system is still in the house 3 of them now act as door bells and one is still connected to the master bd rm another in the dinning room and a disconnected one in the hall and two more disconnected in bedrooms . we have been refinishing the wood as all of it was painted multiple times , 2 bedrooms originally had paint and are being repainted with those colors again. my biggest dream is to re- wallpaper the entire house . and have my floors refinished

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