I am desperately seeking advice on how to improve the appearance of our house. We purchased this house nearly 4 years ago (built in 1915) and have been renovating the interior ever since (think every room being taken down to the studs, custom mill work, new windows, etc). Perhaps we should have started with…Continue
Added by laura oldenburg on February 25, 2014 at 5:31pm — No Comments
So we finally decided to tackle the upstairs bathroom. It has been a pain in my side since the day we moved in. The plumbing was bad, there were no outlets, cracked toilet and measuring 48 square feet....SMALL. Nobody liked going in there. It was a total gut job and the only thing in there that remained original was the window casing.....which was covered in about 100 years worth of bad paint decisions. My oh my....the things you find when you start digging....anyways I thought I'd…Continue
Added by Ali Aitken on February 18, 2014 at 2:17am — No Comments
We finished up the demo today. The lath is still up but we feel like we can move forward with plumbing bids now. Spent the day pulling plaster down to see a "new" to me way to do it. Using a circular saw to cut the depth of the plaster and the lath cut on either side of studs and pull the whole section plaster and lath at the same time. The plus side to this method is less mess and faster but I can see that if you are not sure what is behind the walls or have trouble finding the studs…Continue
Added by Nick Wylie on February 11, 2014 at 9:31pm — No Comments
It's been a long 3 1/2 years to complete the renovations on our home. I would be lying to myself if I said we will be completely finished..because I know the exterior will be next. lol
We are investing in our own molder so we can duplicate the trim that I am running out of.. 2 bedrooms left to finish and another bathroom that needs tile.
I'm really getting excited about the extra room . It's been hard living in 4 rooms but we did it! We have renovated this awesome home and…Continue
Added by Paige Meyer on February 10, 2014 at 6:43am — No Comments
Spent time working on removing all of the trim around doors, windows, baseboard, and wainscoting. This would not have been such a big deal if the previous owner during a 1980's "update" did not use construction adhesive or wood glue, spiral deck nails, and caulking where the trim meets the wall not just in a few places but on every piece. It made the removal, especially since I was trying to save as much as possible, very slow and tedious. I only get about 4-6 hours a week to work on this…Continue
Well this weekend did not go as we had hoped. I removed the door that use to bridge the two upstairs bathrooms. I also removed the access panel to the shower plumbing in the maids room bathroom that will become our master bathroom. We saw pretty much what we expected. The access to the plumbing is pretty straight forward. What was disappointing is the layout in the small bathroom, which was the original bathroom of the house, did not work the way we thought. We wanted to put in a walk…Continue
Added by Nick Wylie on January 27, 2014 at 2:51pm — No Comments
Pictures of what I found during the discovery phase of our bathroom renovation
Photo 1 Tar paper underlayment
Photo 2 water damage…Continue
Added by Nick Wylie on January 21, 2014 at 9:08pm — No Comments
I only had about 4 hours to work on the bathroom so removing the carpet, tack strips, a gazzilion staples, and getting the old stuff out to the curb for pick up.
As expected found trap paper under the carpet, spent some time poking the floor looking for soft spots and found a few areas of water damage and or poor framing under the toilet, or at least that is my worry, until I get a chance to remove the toilet and inspect more carefully. One other concern is the height of the base…Continue
Added by Nick Wylie on January 21, 2014 at 8:59pm — No Comments
I bought a 1924 bungalow a year ago and recently discovered in my attic I have knob and tube patched into romex, and from what I can tell its copper K&T. The crawl space for outlets etc. has been totally changed over, but apparently they did a half *** job in the attic for the ceiling fixtures. It looks like the K&T terminates into electrical boxes all over and from there goes on to other electrical needs in the attic, bath fans etc. Of course the attic is full of whatever the…Continue
The previous owner converted a small bedroom (maids room) in to a bath but left out a toilet, even though there is plenty of room. The original bathroom in the house was rearranged and the claw foot tub was removed leaving us with two half baths side by side. Our plan is to add a toilet, second sink to the maids room and remove a fiberglass insert shower/tub and replace it with nice tub. In the original bathroom we will be adding a walk-in tile shower where the old claw foot tub was and…Continue
Added by Nick Wylie on January 20, 2014 at 10:03am — No Comments
When taking on a remodeling project, it is common to be concerned about the "additional cost" that occur once the roof, siding, or whatever is ripped off. I know this, because I am currently having a new roof, siding, doors and windows installed on my 92 year old home. That's right, my home was built in 1921; 3yrs after the completion of WWI (not II), and 6 years before Ford stopped…Continue
Added by Opal Enterprises on November 13, 2013 at 1:30pm — No Comments
A rare, Dutch colonial home in Milford, CT, is currently under threat of demolition. Following a temporary injunction, an agreement was reached in court that this home must be sold by 13 January 2014, after which, the current owners will be free to demolish it. They want $200K, cash, firm. The home resides in a scenic and affluent location, and IMO, could provide a good return if proper restored. For more specific information, please see the following link:…Continue
Added by John Poole on November 11, 2013 at 8:42am — No Comments
Thought I'd give you a head's up. We've scored a group of incredible hi-end fabrics in Gothic, William Morris, Voysey and Victorian styles that we are offering below wholesale. You won't see these again. More listed daily over the next couple of weeks but here's a preview of some:…Continue
It's been a while since I've posted in my blog. We had been very busy finishing the details for our Red Queen's 3rd floor, adding a bedroom, bathroom, and family room (affectionately called the ManCave) to accommodate our blended family. And now we have very suddenly had the opportunity to relocate. There are so many wonderful things to list about our home that I can hardly begin, but here goes:
The Red Queen is the belle of Malta, IL: 5 min. W of DeKalb, IL and…Continue
Added by Red Queen on October 29, 2013 at 11:31am — No Comments
I have a Ward Wellington Ward Arts & Crafts home. It is on the National Register of Historic Homes. I have completely renovated it. The Register says it is probably the best example of the arts & crafts movement. It is located in Syracuse, NY. We are selling it. The home has Keck leaded windows and Mercer tiles from the Moravian tile company. It is really spectacular. Keck studies under Tiffany.
The house has 3 floors plus a dry basement and a 2 story carriage house/garage.…Continue
I have about 1200 sf of heart pine planks salvaged from an 1830s farmhouse outside Atlanta.
The boards are general around 6-8 inches wide. More than 100 are about 16 feet long.
Most of the rest are about 12 feet long. There are a few shorter boards.
They come in 2 thicknesses. The floor boards are more than 1 inch thick. The boards from
the walls and ceilings are closer to the standard 3/4. These were handmilled on site from
old growth trees on the family…Continue
Added by David Bennett on October 1, 2013 at 2:56pm — No Comments
I was thinking that after the lathe and plaster removal the old trim would come up short with just sheetrock. Any suggestions to obtain the old width of the walls? Perhaps foam board insulation then sheetrock?
Hey everyone. Trying to find this door knob. Please let me know if you know where I can find one--thanks.
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Added by pixelfixel on July 21, 2013 at 8:21am — No Comments
According to this paper by Advanced Energy, crawl space, or pier and beam type foundations have been built for centuries in the U.S. The Lamington Presbyterian…Continue
Added by Cynthia Freeney on July 5, 2013 at 10:49am — No Comments
When we bought our dream house in 1986 it was covered with stucco and inappropriate porches but we realized it was in incredible Italianate underneath. Fifteen minutes after we closed we took a hammer to the stucco on the porch hoping to find evidence of the original porch. It was there – the outline…Continue