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…Continue
Added by Lois Groshong on July 24, 2014 at 11:28am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Lois Groshong on July 23, 2014 at 11:50am — No Comments
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.…Continue
Added by Lois Groshong on July 18, 2014 at 10:44am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Lois Groshong on July 16, 2014 at 3:18pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Lois Groshong on July 11, 2014 at 10:46am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Phil on July 8, 2014 at 12:22am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Phil on July 8, 2014 at 12:11am — No Comments
Sometimes "low price" is really just cheap.
Added by Lois Groshong on July 3, 2014 at 3:10pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Lois Groshong on July 1, 2014 at 9:48am — No Comments
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
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Added by Phil on May 25, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments
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.
Added by Dan Miller on May 13, 2014 at 11:00pm — No Comments
I was completely blown away by the Jan.'77 (Vol.V No.1) and the Feb.'77 (Vol.V No.2) issues of OHJ.
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…Continue
Added by James Olson on April 25, 2014 at 5:00pm — No Comments
Added by James Olson on April 25, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments
I don't know if it's a term anyone else uses but "place-holders" is one my subs heard from me all the time. A place-holder is a temporary element that is put in place until it is replaced with something else. A place-holder can be…Continue
Added by James Olson on April 18, 2014 at 2:54pm — No Comments
Q: How many old-house owners does it take to change a light bulb?
A: Just one but it will take, at least, four years and more than 20% the cost of the house.
(The base of the broken former bulb had to be removed first. While doing that it's noticed the socket is damaged and needed replacing. While doing that it's noticed the wiring insulation is degraded so the circuit had to be re-wired. If that circuit needed re-wiring then the others did, too. Some plaster had to be cut…Continue