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My original 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…

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Added by Anne Fransway on October 28, 2014 at 10:27am — 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…

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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…

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

CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?

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…

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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…

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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.…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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

Tell me no secrets and I will tell you no lies..

Sometimes "low price" is really just cheap.

Added by Lois Groshong on July 3, 2014 at 3:10pm — No Comments

Unconditional Love

     When you fall in love with a vintage home, because you are attracted to the architectural details that the builder put into it at the beginning. The cost of preservation (maintance) can seem overwhelming. Take a deep breath and  begin to think in doable solutions - small steps. Do something once, with a long-term plan to build on as you go forward. You and your home will enjoy a lasting…

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Added by Lois Groshong on July 1, 2014 at 9:48am — No Comments

Sometimes, you don't know what you don't know.

As I look at the pictures of very lovely homes, it strikes me that in the restoration/renovation of antique homes, modern materials are used and modern solutions are favored over the traditional methods of preserve and replace in kind. My question is; has the fabric of the home been damaged with nor recourse? 

Added by Lois Groshong on June 30, 2014 at 2:54pm — No Comments

Cabinet latches, salvaged cast iron

Added by Phil on June 7, 2014 at 10:17am — No Comments

My father in law fitting the stained glass window above the sink

Added by Phil on June 7, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

Progress on the kitchen.

Added by Phil on May 30, 2014 at 1:26pm — No Comments

Unfinished Cabinets

My father in law built the cabinetry to match a pattern door that we salvaged from a Victorian in town before…

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Added by Phil on May 25, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments

The calm before the storm -our old kitchen

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Added by Phil on May 25, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments

Suggestions for builidng porch stairs, balustrades and newels

I have thirty years of experience building and studying old house porches.  I put together a document to help our Design Review Subcommittee help homeowners.  Here is a link to it.

http://www.gifford-park-assoc.org/images/stories/pdfs/porchguidelines3_9_14

Added by Dan Miller on May 13, 2014 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Favorite OHJ Issues

I was completely blown away by the Jan.'77 (Vol.V No.1) and the Feb.'77 (Vol.V No.2) issues of OHJ.

January 1977

Five, count them, five pages of Queen Anne description/explanation and very nice artwork.

Then four whole pages re: "Guidelines For Rehabilitating Old Buildings" as established by the Office of Archeology and Historic Preservation of the National Park Service. 

Too bad they were too late to save The White House from the Truman…

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Added by James Olson on April 25, 2014 at 5:00pm — No Comments

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