January 2009 Blog Posts (9)

Bristol, Connecticut's Federal Hill - Architectural Heaven

Main Street, Bristol Connecticut around 1910
The great city of Bristol, Connecticut and it's crowning jewel, Federal Hill. Incredible… Continue

Added by Laura on January 28, 2009 at 10:18pm — No Comments

Where is the fireplace hearth?

I am currently restoring a victorian style farmhouse and I have a question about the absence of the fireplace hearths. There is a fireplace in every room. Three still have the original mantels. Where there should be openings they have been plastered over and an oak floor is where there should be a hearth. The oak floor may have been added when the house was remodled about 1920-1930 and electricity was added as well as as plumbing and a Caloric furnace. The original floor can be seen in the… Continue

Added by Vicki Ellingson on January 28, 2009 at 9:17pm — 8 Comments

A chronicle of projects. part 1

We moved into this house on Dec. 9, 2007. We were having Christmas dinner. The house, cosmetically, was a disaster. A messy lime green paint job in the living room, tan sponge painting in the dining room, mismatched hardware and heavy popcorn textured walls in the kitchen, ceiling fans in every room covered with and inch of dust... I could go on and on. Needless to say we had ALOT of work ahead of us!

First on the list was cleaning the place. Once we got that out of the way we began to… Continue

Added by Laura Heydt-Adams on January 28, 2009 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Architectural antiques (XVIIIe century until 1930)

Welcome to all amateurs of architectural antiques.

Let us speak about our passion, our motivations, our experiments of renovations but also how choose his ancient materials, where, at which price, the guarantee of genuineness, the guarantee of provenance etc.... How to matter towards the States Unis of America?

I shall try to answer your questions at best and if possible find the object which misses you....

Fabrice Frey-Kerrad

You can also visit my… Continue

Added by Fabrice Frey-Kerrad on January 28, 2009 at 10:40am — No Comments

damask wallpaper substitute?

Time for my random question of the day:

I absolutely love the look of damask wallpaper, yet at the same time despise wallpaper. Growing up in Florida and flipping houses for a couple of years (none historic), I learned very quickly that pretty much everytime I decided to pull down wallpaper, I was going to find mold.

For those of you who are into faux painting, are there stencils available where one could mimic the look of damask wallpaper, and is this something that is… Continue

Added by John Rodgers on January 18, 2009 at 12:43pm — 6 Comments

White Pine Sash Co. in Spokane

When I moved into my 1927 bungalow in upstate NY, the orinigal side entry door was badly in need of replacing as it was cracked and rotted out in areas, including a small part of the sill, (though not as badly as originally thought I saw once the pieces were in hand). When the workers took apart the sill and sash, I saw that the pieces were numbered (verifying it was a kit house which I happily suspected) and also that there was a label (similar to that on a piece of clothing) marking that the… Continue

Added by Maria on January 16, 2009 at 11:57am — No Comments

Resources for restoring older home

I own a Georgian-style home, about 80 years old. I would like to think about returning the interior to something like the original appearance, but don't know what that original appearance was like! The home has oak floors, gum wood molding (looks something like cherry), a rough stone fireplace, and plaster crown molding in the living room and dining room. There are narrow built-in bookcases on either side of the fireplace, and a simple built-in corner china cabinet in the dining room.

Are… Continue

Added by Bill Henstock on January 9, 2009 at 11:44pm — 2 Comments

Historic Home Question

I am doing some research for my job on historic homes and was wondering if someone could refer me to a site that could give me accuate figures of what the average size, cost and price were for a historic home.


Added by Katherine Kocijanski on January 6, 2009 at 4:57pm — 5 Comments

Exterior Woodwork Joints

Reduce maintenance and extend the life of exterior woodwork with good design, proper materials selection and effective installation methods. Here is one method to effectively seal exterior woodwork joints.

Figure 16. A designed joint is used to seal the top joint of the base board using backer rod and high-performance sealant. (excerpt from the Practical Restoration Report, Exterior Woodwork Details)

To see how this works, click… Continue

Added by John Leeke on January 1, 2009 at 2:34pm — No Comments

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