January 2010 Blog Posts (11)

The History Behind The Everyday

Editors' Picks - 1/27/10

Ever wonder how your cast-iron claw-foot tub evolved from the portable tin models of the early 19th century? Or just how much DNA the garage where you park your hybrid SUV shares with the structures that used to house horse-drawn buggies?

Reading up on the often fascinating history of everyday objects can be… Continue

Added by Old-House Online on January 27, 2010 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Visit the Historic Home Show this weekend.

This Saturday I will be speaking at the annual Historic Home Show and Designer Craftsman show in King of Prussia, Pa. The show runs from Thurs. Jan28th-Sunday the 31st. A wonderful collection of exhibitors from Architects and Designers to period appropriate building materials, hand-crafted decorative accessories and antiques can be found there this weekend.

My topic title is “Living with History, making your historic house a home”. I am very excited about the opportunity to share with so… Continue

Added by Louise H. Corderman on January 26, 2010 at 11:35am — No Comments

Editors' Picks - 1/19/10

Got a case of wanderlust? We don't blame you. Old houses demand a lot of attention (and once you've completed an arduous project, you naturally want to spend as much time as possible basking in the glow of your achievement), but sometimes it's good to get out of the house and seek inspiration on the road. Check out these journeys to three very different (but very historic) places. They just might inspire your next… Continue

Added by Old-House Online on January 20, 2010 at 1:21pm — No Comments

Chase Sapphire Spotlight

Last week I was informed that "Chase Sapphire" has choosen to showcase the Lancaster Historic Home Show in the February issue of the Philadelphia Magazine. "Chase Sapphire leads you to the most exciting events in and around Philadelphia." Become a fan of the Lancaster Historic Home Show on facebook - you can click on the icon on the web site, www.lancasterhistorichomeshow.com See you there. Lois

Added by Lois Groshong on January 16, 2010 at 12:20pm — No Comments

Finishing the attic

There is a staircase in the closet of the main bedroom that goes up to a very large, open attic. I've had a reliable contractor that has done various work on my house, and I asked him to make an estimate for finishing our attic. The estimate hasn't arrived yet, but in the meantime he brought up a few things that could be even more headache and expense than I had anticipated [and I should be getting used to this by now with an old house, shouldn't I? ;) ]. For one thing, I'm concerned about… Continue

Added by Carrie Z on January 13, 2010 at 11:30pm — 3 Comments

Editors' Picks - 01/12/10

Cure the winter blahs with a shot of color! Freezing outdoor temperatures make winter the perfect time to focus on indoor projects...and we can't think of a better pick-me-up for these lackluster January days than reinventing a room with a bold new color. Of course, selecting colors for old houses can be a little tricky, given that you need to keep the historical context of your home in mind while browsing at the paint store. These three articles offer…

Added by Old-House Online on January 12, 2010 at 12:00pm — No Comments

What to do about those "awful" floors in your historic home.

Refinishing your floors in your historic home may not be an option at first. You may have more important renovations to take care of and certainly floors are the last to be redone as you would not want to have to redo them yet again if a careless contractor spilled paint or scratched them. My problem was that our floors in our Dutch Colonial had never been restored since the house had been built in 1930.

I was faced with the problem of floors that were stained, scratched and worn… Continue

Added by Louise H. Corderman on January 11, 2010 at 10:10am — No Comments

3yr + Dinning room project

Yup, you red it right. This is one of the first projects we started simply out of curisoty because of a door that was walled over with drywall. Christie wanted to see it opend up and theres no stopping that woman when she gets a bee in her bonnett. I come home from work one day and she and her friend had a large of debris piled on the rear deck. to my surprize they had nearly gutted the place. Never undeerestimate the power of women. So what we found after the unveiling of the door was that the… Continue

Added by Donald Mitchell on January 10, 2010 at 4:09pm — 10 Comments

Fachwert House

We live in a house built in 1874.
It is an original Fachwert House.
The house was moved 3 times.
We have removed carpet, refinished floors, removed wallpaper and finished the sheetrock with a stucco finish.
Originally the house did not have indoor plumbing, however at some point a bath was added.
We want to make the bath more aesthetically correct. Do you have any suggestions?

Added by Sheila Meischen on January 5, 2010 at 10:33am — No Comments

dreaming of the old as we start out anew.

hi all old home lovers. i'm new here on this 1st day of 2010. wow, 2010 sounds so very modern, but we old house lovers know we can live in the "now" as we celebrate & treasure the old;).

i don't own an old home, but i *secretly* want to. our current home (which is a cottage style home~with lots of stylish charm) was built in 2000. we chose this home because of the old house features it offered; archway door frames, hardwood floors, cottage feel, single story. however, the growth… Continue

Added by jenn on January 1, 2010 at 1:30pm — 3 Comments

Merry Christmas from our house…

It has been 13 years since we moved into our house here in Fredericksburg,Virginia. We loved the house early on even before the addition of a new kitchen with a fireplace and a backyard pool. Built in 1930, the Dutch Colonial has had many reincarnations since the first family lived within.

I was not so jazzed about the house at first, it faced a parking lot , the only one on our otherwise quiet street. It was in semi-restored state the previous owners had decided to start from the… Continue

Added by Louise H. Corderman on January 1, 2010 at 9:40am — No Comments

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