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Featured Blog Posts – February 2010 Archive (3)

"Green" Qualities of Old Houses

Restoring an old home is really recycling on a grand scale. Extending the useful lifespan of a structure keeps literally tons of material out of landfills. Landfills themselves create an obvious environmental impact by altering the landscape. Additionally, much of demolition waste dumped in the landfill is wood (framing lumber, flooring, subfloor, sheathing, siding, lath, cabinets, etc.) and will decompose releasing carbon to the atmosphere. As long as wood is retained in a structure, it serves… Continue

Added by basswood on February 27, 2010 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

Excited New Member

Hello All,



I just wanted to introduce myself. I'm about to buy an old house on the south shore of Long Island, NY. This will be my first home and I'm looking forward to the experience. The house was built in 1895 and it looks like a saltbox without the sloped roof on the rear. I'm purchasing the house with a 203k mortgage. It has money set aside for renovation. Along with the 203k mortgage comes a list of regulations that the house must pass. Most relating to safety and efficiency. My… Continue

Added by Grant Gustavsen on February 23, 2010 at 9:54pm — 10 Comments

Inexpensive window treatment that works for all periods

If you are anything like me when you bought your historic home your decorating dollar was way down on the list of "must do's" and yet the windows DID need to be covered in some way that was hopefully period appropriate, nice enough to be able to stay up for an unknown amount of time and also affordable. One word, LACE, I have often recommended this to clients when the expense of treating the windows was out of reach for the moment and luckily for the average homeowner there is one company…

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Added by Louise H. Corderman on February 17, 2010 at 11:30am — No Comments

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