September 2008 Blog Posts (6)

Oakland, CA area-- parting out architectural salvage items

I had planned to build a new house with beautiful old parts, but that plan has changed as I'm busy on the east coast with my parents' old house.

I will be returning to CA in a few days and will be there off and on for a few months, will be clearing out (selling) some things:

an Eastlake door,

some 1920's windows, casement and double-hung

some leaded-glass diamond-pane windows

some unfinished redwood siding ("4-lap" I believe, could be "3-lap"), lengths up to 18'… Continue

Added by Alexis Soule on September 28, 2008 at 7:36pm — No Comments

Craftsman Style Homes

I am an architect that typically stays away from home and residential design. BUT...I have a friend that asked if I would design a 3500+/- SF Craftsman style home to go on some lake front property. Since this is my favorite period and he is a friend, I am considering this very strongly.

I would like to know if anyone lives in a Craftsmen that has been restored and if you would share some photos with me to use to help my friend with his decisions. I have all the books you can stand… Continue

Added by Richard J. Ivy on September 20, 2008 at 11:26am — 10 Comments


Ever since I immersed myself in the world of old-house ghosts while writing the online exclusives for our September/October issue, I've found myself...well, haunted by them.

First there was the bed and breakfast I stayed in on a recent trip to Maine (I'll be posting pictures soon of all the gorgeous old houses I saw on my trip!), which was situated in a beautifully restored 1874 Second… Continue

Added by Clare Alexander on September 18, 2008 at 3:43pm — 1 Comment

The Carpenter and The Columns

I erected two Tuscan Columns today.

* I help my neighbor with her porch and connect with my community.

* I work with the masons and the tile setters and connect with my fellow tradesmen.

* I level the plinth squaring it with the sill and I connect with the carpenter who built this house a century ago.

* I hang the plumb bob and connect with my father who handed it to me and showed me how to use it.

* I align the axis… Continue

Added by John Leeke on September 12, 2008 at 1:38pm — 1 Comment

On Painting Old Woodwork

When I was just a teenager, one of my dear friend’s parents bought an enormous Colonial Revival house in Northwest Washington, DC’s 16th Street neighborhood. This was decades before I worked for OHJ and before I really understood the significance of what I was looking at, but I fell in love with this house. It was three stories tall, with original double-hung windows, impressive oak woodwork, and paired entry doors inset with elaborate beveled glass detailing. It had a sweet full-width front… Continue

Added by Demetra on September 11, 2008 at 12:34pm — 3 Comments

My Ghost Story: Emily Jefferson

When I was a kid, my small-town church (where my dad is the minister) bought Jefferson House, the 1848 Greek Revival house next door, to use as an office and Sunday school building. It didn't take long for us to become acquainted with Emily Jefferson, the daughter of the original owners. According to several different accounts, Emily was mentally ill, and when the Jeffersons would go out, they would leave her chained to the floor of her bedroom (a story seemingly corroborated by several large… Continue

Added by Clare Alexander on September 3, 2008 at 12:00pm — No Comments

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