Susan Scofield
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  • Lorain, OH
  • United States
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Slate Roof Repair
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Susan Scofield Mar 14, 2017.

Refinishing Antique Heart Pine Flooring
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Stephen Saugnier Aug 9, 2016.

Exterior Siding
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Susan Scofield Oct 27, 2010.


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For the past two years I have been working full time on the exterior restoration of our house. I have replaced rotten siding, window sills, window frames and corner boards. I picked a Barber house plan and copied the exterior siding style when replacing rotten siding on our home. I added new half cove cedar shingles to the second story with bands, wainscoting, and lap siding on the first story. I have been an old house lover all my life and have spent many many hours driving through small towns photographing old houses.
Tell us about your old-house experiences and dreams:
I have dreamed of owning and restoring a Queen Anne victorian house with a tower and a big porch since I was a child. We bought our house eleven years ago and have been working on the restoration ever since. We have taken nine layers of plywood and vinyl off the kitchen floor and replaced everything in the kitchen. We updated the wiring and installed new furnaces and central air. We gutted our bathroom, re-built the subfloor, rerouted the copper plumbing (hubby did all of this) and installed an antique clawfoot tub with a brass shower riser, antique toilet, and antique pedestal sink. Utilizing a HUD 203K Restoration Loan we had a slate roof put on our house in 2003 and had all the box gutters re-built and lined in copper with copper downspouts. We added a new gutter to the front porch in 2008, but we still have to re-build the foundation of the front porch before we can have a slate roof there. I hope to get the siding finished and the house painted during the next two summers.

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Slate Roof Repair

It's been 15 yrs since I had my slate roof installed. My house suffered wind damage last Wednesday.  I called Durable Slate, my roof installer, on Thursday.  Durable arrived Friday to inspect my roof.  The repair crew arrived today and re-attached my copper roof ridge to my roof.  They replaced broken slates and replaced copper rivets on one downspout. I can't praise Durable enough! they are always there for me!!

Posted on March 13, 2017 at 6:59pm

Copper downspouts

Can anybody offer info on copper downspouts? How long should the seam on the back side last? Is necessary to repair these beauties on a yearly basis? I had mine installed six years ago and they are now splitting open. Is this normal?

Posted on May 16, 2009 at 5:17pm — 2 Comments

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At 8:51am on November 10, 2008, Jennifer said…
The third floor appeared to be finished. It has old sconces on the walls and it had old wallpaper and flooring. My children use the 3rd floor as bedrooms now. I insulated and finished it a little more. My electric is 200 amp at the circuit box which then ties into the knob and tube which proceeds to run through the rest of the house. The 200 amp at the circuit box is what tricked me into thinking the whole house had been updated. Turns out it isn't. And it will cost something to the tune of $7000. - $15,000. to upgrade. Not happening. I know I will have to do it someday if I ever decide to sell. Unless I can find a buyer who is as naive as me! : )
At 12:33pm on November 10, 2008, Phil said…
Jennifer and Susan -My sense is that rewiring can sometimes be cheaper if done a little at a time. I have all of my wiring done by a retired codes inspector who does moonlighting on small jobs for a reasonable cost. By doing one circuit at a time, you can hire a small job contractor like mine and then also take care of the plaster and paint damage by yourself, rather than be overwhelmed by a giant job all at once.
At 7:20pm on November 18, 2008, Martin said…
Hey Susan! The house I bought is in Middletown Ohio.. I think your town is pretty close to mine. I really like your house. :)
At 11:49am on November 19, 2008, Martin said…
Ah your house is up north!! Our house is between Cinny and Dayton. I look forward to seeing the progress with your house :) thanks for the compliments on my house.
At 2:24pm on November 20, 2008, Phil said…
Is that a flat seam copper roof on you tower with a green patina, or is it steel painted with a copper green? Either way, that is sharp!
At 9:19am on January 12, 2009, Jeremy and Lisa said…
Thanks Susan! Your house is AMAZING! Yes, we've considered the heat implications regarding the darker house colors but... for some reason dark red or green just feel right. I'm looking forward to browsing through your photos when I get a moment. I'm looking at a copper roof for our tower and the bay off the kitchen as well. You have great taste!
At 2:13pm on January 12, 2009, Jeremy and Lisa said…
Thanks Susan! There is actually a fair bit of history we have on it, though exact year of construction isn't one of them. It's 'roughly' 1880. I think we'll be able to nail that down further in time. There is a section in the history books they put together for the county the house is in on, on this house and the family(s) who have lived here so we have a LOT of great stories and information. What we do not have, is pictures. Hopefully we will get some as we start making friends with the families who have owned/built the house (lots of descendants still in the county!)
At 2:51pm on January 12, 2009, Kathleen said…
Hi Susan, great house!! love all the architecture! I just remarried in April and moved to Marietta, so am still ambling around in awe of the homes here in the city. Someone told me that a blacksmith once owned a home down the street and built our house and a couple others between. I haven't found out for positive if that's correct yet, but am still looking for people that have information. Our house has been 'remodeled' thru the years, from what I can see, but it's hard to tell where the old stops and the new-er starts! LOL Last weekend we found an old rasp bit tied to a string that looks like someone used it for a plumb-bob in a wall that we were insulating. I'm planning on cleaning it up and making it into a light pull for posterity sake (hubby thinks I'm nuts....). But it's fun to find old stuff in the walls and attics like newspapers and things people forgot or left.... The house originally had a slate roof, but remodelers had them removed and shingles put on. We still have a pile of the slate left. I would love to put it all back original, but that isn't in the budget at this point. Are the colors inside original or did you select them?
At 3:19pm on January 12, 2009, Jeremy and Lisa said…
We dont' even HAVE a historical society! Luckily the county is very rural (sparsely populated) so everyone knows everyone back 200 years. I don't know how many people have stopped by, pointed to the upstairs north east bedroom and said "I was born in that there room in 19**". We love this community. Official records though? Not much. We're basing the date the house was built on the date the first owner was married. The house was built as a wedding present from his mother (who'd been shot in the arm by a yankee bullet during sherman's march to the sea). We know he was a college professor, and his son who owned the house later was a state representative, etc... the names get confusing though. There are LOTS of Monroes, Fullers and Reids in this county (those are the families with primary history in this house). I'd love to hear more history on your house! Make sure you post it as you discover it!
At 5:51pm on January 12, 2009, Annette White said…

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