February 2009 Blog Posts (9)

Staging, Photography and Marketing/Selling of an Historic Victorian Italianate Home

It’s been a while (2 months) since I last updated you on the sale of our home in North Attleboro. The reason? No new news! The winter has been slow as has the stimulus package coming – so we are now hoping for an active and ‘credit-flowing’ Spring. In the meantime – Melanie and I (or actually our Sharon MA kitchen) appeared in the most recent issue of the Old-House Journal. The article is on the front page of our website.

We also have an article appearing in the June 2009 Old-House… Continue

Added by Bruce Rosenbaum on February 26, 2009 at 10:29am — 2 Comments

What Does the Economic Stimulus Package Mean to Traditional Building

I just received another notice about the upcoming Traditional Building Conference in Boston. I am expecting to go to the conference and I am sure I will learn a lot about products and maybe something about the future of the preservation movement. Still, like most contractors I am concerned about the economy and how it will be affecting upcoming job opportunities. The building show promises to explain how the stimulus package will benefit the traditional building trades. I know that we… Continue

Added by Rob Wozniak on February 23, 2009 at 7:22pm — 1 Comment

Help w/ scorch marks?

Does anyone have an easy way to remove scorch marks from a shellac base finish? When our granddaughter was baptized in front of the fireplace in our parlor, heat from two candles scorched the finish on the underside of the over-mantle and we are hoping that someone out there has a better solution to lightening the dark spots (about 1.5" in diameter) than stripping the entire underside of the over-mantle.

Added by William on February 23, 2009 at 11:32am — 12 Comments

Forced to "vacation rental" my vic

Hey everyone. Over the past 34 months, I restored/renovated a Queen Anne that was left for dead up in Stratford, NH. Last June, when about 90% of the work was complete, we put the house on the market, but 8 months and four price drops later we have yet to receive one offer. My wife and I are not millionaires, in fact, we are in debt up to our ears from this project. Our primary residence is in NJ, about seven hours away, so you can probably figure out the issues we deal with. I'm not sorry I… Continue

Added by John Hathaway on February 19, 2009 at 9:29pm — 2 Comments

Restoration in 3-D

It’s not often that I take my kid to the movies and leave the theater with a full-blown case of old-house envy. But such was my experience after venturing with my seven-year-old to see Coraline last weekend. For those not in the know, the movie boasts spectacular 3-D special effects; they make the house that serves as the story’s backdrop spring readily and realistically to life. And what a house it is--a dazzling Queen Anne complete with turret, wraparound porch, cotton-candy-pink… Continue

Added by Demetra on February 11, 2009 at 10:38am — 2 Comments

Radiators-OHJ in the NYT!

I see the New York Times has an article out today on radiators. There's not much there for those of us that our restoration minded, but OHJ's own intrepid editor was quoted for the story. Check it out here..


My disclaimer: I’m hoping to score big points with my wife, above… Continue

Added by Mark Abbott on February 5, 2009 at 11:30am — No Comments

Speaking Tube Hardware Wanted

My wife and I have been looking for replacement hardware (2 mouth pieces) for our original Speaking tube intercom system. We've been looking for the past 3 years with no luck. We have found a great number of old homeowners like ourselves who are looking for these illusive gems.

Vince Griffin

Added by Vince Griffin on February 4, 2009 at 1:00pm — 2 Comments

Is the bad economy good for historic preservation?

Yesterday on my way home from work, I happened to catch a segment on NPR's "All Things Considered," in which they asked listeners to call in and report on signs of the recession witnessed in their daily lives. One of the comments was from a member of the historical commission in Cambridge, Massachusetts, who said that they were skipping their monthly meeting because there were no cases to review.

It brought to mind an interview that… Continue

Added by Clare Alexander on February 3, 2009 at 1:32pm — 4 Comments

The Historic Inn at Woodstock Hill, Woodstock, Connecticut

The Inn at Woodstock Hill, Woodstock, Connecticut
It's a winter weekend in Connecticut. And it's January. It's absolutely bone chilling outside, despite the… Continue

Added by Laura on February 1, 2009 at 8:13pm — No Comments

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