"Get some wire lath, structolite, Plasterweld and do the scratch coats/brown coats on the bare lath and brick. Once you have rodded the patches flat you will have some Idea how much skill it will take to do a smooth white coat with lime + gauging.…"
"Well,you could stencil a floor with a contrasting color. Buy marquetry is accomplished with different color woods, like cherry or mahogany for reds, maple for the lightest color, walnut for brown, etc."
"I think the preservation-oriented contractor is right, but make sure you're getting a tear-off; make sure that ice & water shield is used as needed; ridge vent is up to you, but there should be some air movement is the summer, from gable…"
"I did this years ago on my storms.
First, it took two tries to order the right size from ebay.
Second, I had to take the frames apart to insert it. There were tiny screws at the corners. Those storms were very old, 50's or 60's.
"This shape is called Queen Anne Cottage, or simple "corner house", because they were often sited on corner lots where the wrap-around porch could be best appreciated and utilized.
Other than the missing/repaced porch posts it's pretty…"
"Very hard to tell at this stage.
If I had been sanding it, my nose would have told me what it was: sweet or balsam-y is white pine (or sugar pine)
smells a bit like pee: fir.
Smells sour and muddy : spruce.
Smells of turpentine: yellow pine/heart…"
Tell us about your old-house experiences and dreams:
Old house (1850/1906)owner, musical instrument restorer. Involved in the Main Street program, local and state preservation groups, and city landmarks commission.
I recreate historic details, have done hand woodworking, horsehair plaster, stained glass, Victorian Gingerbread, Fine wood finishing, French Polishing.
"I majored in the AEsthetic Movement"
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