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Maintain your heating system

Keep your home warm

The biggest issue every time winter rolls around is to keep your home warm, and most people rely on heating systems, whether connected to a central grid…


Added by Sophie Andersen on January 6, 2015 at 6:46am — No Comments

My collecting Arts and Crafts house parts and stuff.

I have always loved old houses, old furniture, old stuff.   My dad brought me to my first auction when I was eight.  I bought a couch for 50 cents.  It was a lovely 1920s shape with rolled arms covered with course burgundy velvet.  The cushions had a floral velvet field. It was in good condition and I thought it would be perfect for the TV room.  My dad was furious.  Furious with me.  Furious with the auctioneer for selling to an eight year old.  He was sure we'd bring fleas or others pests…


Added by Peter Flick on January 5, 2015 at 6:11pm — No Comments

Maintenance Checklist for Old Houses

When I first moved into my new house I was worried sick. The neighborhood was just perfect and I was always into the pre-World War II architecture so in that way the house fitted me like a glove. I feared that my aesthetical passion might turn out to be a practical disaster in this case. The house was very affordable, but as it was of a certain age I was afraid that the cost of the repairs and maintenance alone would ruin me financially. I was relieved to find out, that just by following a…


Added by Sophie Andersen on December 24, 2014 at 4:36am — No Comments

Learn The Proper Way To Pack In 3 Easy Steps

If you have decided to move to a new location, then you certainly know that packing all your belongings can be a very daunting and time-consuming task. As unpleasant as it may be, we all need to do it when relocating to a new home - although packing your personal items is not rocket science, there are several aspects that you need to consider, especially when travelling to the opposite corner of the country. Here you will find three easy tips that will help you pack the right way, so that…


Added by Sophie Andersen on December 13, 2014 at 5:19pm — No Comments

Challenges of restoring an old seaside house in the Mediterranean

The Mediterranean is a very particular part of the world with its own idiosyncrasies that make it one of the most beautiful parts of the planet, but also one where restoration of old houses is never an easy task. These challenges often lead to a serious cost of restoration, as well as intense restoration process that takes a lot out of the restorer. On the other hand, if you do it and do it right, you end up with a stunning property in a beautiful area, a property that will only increase in…


Added by James D. Burbank on December 12, 2014 at 6:14am — No Comments

Revamp your old house with eco-friendly furniture

The modern society has become aware of the fact that its way of living has a bad impact on environment, so more and more people are trying to pay attention, and they are doing as much as they can to protect it. Recycling, driving electric cars, using eco-friendly bulbs and planting trees are just some of the actions that have been taken, and most recently, people have been paying attention to furniture that they keep in their home. Everybody wants to…


Added by Sophie Andersen on December 10, 2014 at 5:34am — No Comments

buying and selling colonial windows and doors

hi i buy and sell colonial windows and doors please visit my website

Added by ken douglas on December 4, 2014 at 5:38am — No Comments

Large scale renovation of a historic landmark hall

I'm a writer and Old House subscriber of approximately 30 years. I always look forward to my Old House Journal.

I have a unique problem.  I live in the Lyon Park section of Arlington, VA.  My community is host to the only privately owned park in northern Virginia. The community runs the park and the 1925 building that sits on it entirely on volunteer help; it's a costly proposition that is complicated by the deed…


Added by Jeannette Wick on November 17, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

Painting Front Porch


Added by Lynn Sherrell on November 11, 2014 at 1:25pm — No Comments

The Addition


Added by James Olson on November 2, 2014 at 2:50pm — No Comments

Samuel Straw House... research paper

May 3, 2012

The objective of my research is to determine the age of my home, and identify the builder.  My research will show that Jacob Straw (1733-1807),purchased the land in 1760 and built the home between 1764 and 1771.

My research began when we bought the home in 2007.  I found a photo of a dilapidated home in need of repair on the mantle. It was a photo of…


Added by Anne Fransway on October 28, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

Why Document and share? 2001 Restoration of a Colonial Home

   The purpose of this publication is to share knowledge and information. An insight of Americana, the people, who have come before us, and how their lives were lived. Our homes are more than mere shelter; where and how we live reflects who we are. Homes, much like our personal lives, change and evolve. Buildings accommodate those who dwell within their walls, character and sense of purpose are shared between…


Added by Lois Groshong on August 15, 2014 at 10:56am — No Comments

Restoration of a Coloinal Home

  The John Maddox Denn House is a splendid example of the English homes of the Cromwell Period. The east wall is coverd with a diamond diaper of only three diamonds wide but covering twenty-three courses from point to point. The largest such figure of any known American or English house. The date of 1725 begins sevreral courses below the eaves level. The four -course brickwork in this wall is the first time…


Added by Lois Groshong on August 5, 2014 at 12:15pm — No Comments


http://facebook/2001Restoration    I am a "Baby Boomer" I grew up in a time in America that offered unlimited choices; I could travel, get an education, dream to be  any thing that I dreamed. The world was my oyster and I was the pearl.

     Not until I…


Added by Lois Groshong on July 24, 2014 at 11:28am — No Comments

$$$ Investment ?

  Your home is an investment, I'm not talking about: downpayment, closings costs, or monthly mortgage responsibility. What my idea of home investment means is a structure that maks a time line in the history of the community, as it relates to the history of the region, as that relates to the history of the country, as that relates to the designer/builder who created the strucutre. Your home embodies so much…


Added by Lois Groshong on July 23, 2014 at 11:50am — No Comments

House built 1725 - restored 2001

    Along the Allaway Creek in southern New Jersey stands a home that is 289 years old. Made from veritified brick manufactured from the surrounding land and local resources. Historic Restorations had the pleasure of taking the house back to its original form as a statement to the souls who braved the new world and built their home in America.…


Added by Lois Groshong on July 18, 2014 at 10:44am — No Comments

The Mystique of pre 20th Century Houses

   Your older home can charm you with its graceful lines and quaint ghost shadows of furnishings past. Then it can drive you mad with its leaks and creaks, that disapear when you try to trace their origin. Yes, you have a love-hate relationship. Know that your home is really just looking for someone who will give it unconditional love, so that you can live together for a long, long time. That is what all…


Added by Lois Groshong on July 16, 2014 at 3:18pm — No Comments

Home is where your heart is...

    If you like this site, you very likely own an older home. With the appropiate resources; money, time and talent, the house can be all it was created to be. Storm Cunningham will release a new book next year "The Fixer". Storm is the author of "Restoration Economy" in it he explains how the climate change issue, over development of urban area's, water crisis and the problems of the 3rd world all need to be…


Added by Lois Groshong on July 11, 2014 at 10:46am — No Comments

Slate countertops

The slate countertops are almost in now.  Our contractors drove to the quarry (Penn Big Bed Slate Co) to get the pieces that they had ordered for our three counters that we are doing in slate.  It looks a medium dark gray from the quarry.  After they cut it to exact size and installed it, they rubbed it with mineral oil to seal it, and that darkened it to a near black color.  The picture with the sink in it is still in process and without the mineral oil, while the other ones have…


Added by Phil on July 8, 2014 at 12:22am — No Comments

Kitchen exhaust system

We have never had an exhaust fan in our kitchen and were getting tired of the smoke alarm going off every time we broail or fry things.  But we have an exposed chimney behind our range that we did not want to add a hood to.  So, we decided to put a flush mount system in.  Our contractors opened up the brick into one of the flues,and installed a metal exhaust pipe in that. On ebay we bought a round cast iron register in the same pattern as our kitchen forced air register, and then they…


Added by Phil on July 8, 2014 at 12:11am — No Comments

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