Thick walls, deep eaves, and high ceilings are all reasons why old houses feel cooler in hot weather and warmer in winter than more recent buildings do. Even so, many old houses lack insulation and central HVAC systems, making it hard to retrofit them with the latest in technological advances.
By Mary Ellen Polson…Continue
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Almost every type of water heater now offers improved efficiency—even that dinosaur, the storage-tank heater.
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In California, a 1928 red-tile and stucco house with a Hispano–Deco interior gets a period-perfect kitchen with inspired details.
By Brian D. Coleman | Photos by William Wright…Continue
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Our new lakefront cottage has a vintage look and I am trying to decide if an Arts & Crafts look or a Coastal look is more appropriate. I think an Arts & Crafts look is tougher to pull off but I really respect and admire that style. A coastal look may be more suitable to something that is lakefront and is easier with all that wicker and white paint. Any thoughts? I have attached a picture of the front. …Continue
I have turn of the early 1900's "replacement" windows and good old aluminum storms. Drinking straws make wonderful, easily removed gaskets. They even fit in the storm window bottoms. When I close a window, its tight!
Picture%202.pngWhat do you think is the style of my Victorian house?
Most say it is in the Gothic Victorian style due to the arched windows and front double door and the quoins in the corners.
Looking for someone to purchase and restore this historic four on four greek revival home in Southern Illinois.
Needs some foundation work on west wall, otherwise lathe plaster needs gutted and ready for a restoration. Reasonably priced at $32,500. Sits on beautiful half acre lot two blocks from courthouse square.…Continue
Added by Faith L Haney on September 13, 2012 at 12:04am — No Comments
I have a simple white Portland Maine toilet that would match your typical claw foot tub and 2 faucet sink from the early 1900's. The potty uses all standard parts and was working when I replaced it with an extended bowl. I had put a gallon jug of water in the tank to save water. The offset is 2 inches farther out than standard, but there is some room for adjustment by replacing the goose neck with a different piece.
Call Lyn at 207-604-0335
Old-House Journal readers know longtime contributor Jane Powell, an Arts & Crafts expert and author extraordinaire best known for her books about bungalow décor and linoleum. We’re sorry to report that Jane is suffering from advanced cancer. To help her during this difficult time, friends have set up…Continue
Added by Demetra on July 16, 2012 at 11:43am — No Comments
This old farmhouse had old bones that needed some reinforcement. The house had settled about 4 inches across 16 feet, and was one of the first things I set my mind on to fix. In the attic there was an old chimney that weighed about 1 ton and was removed. In the basement they had added a ground level window and an opening to the crawl space of the addition. Both of these had butt ends of the pressure treated sill plate unsupported. This caused some settling and needed to be addressed. …Continue
Added by Sean A. Eaton on July 13, 2012 at 5:45pm — No Comments
For some time now, the faucet sink in the master bath has had a slight drip from the hot water. We were aware of it but it wasn’t so bad that I needed to fix it asap. Well, recently the drip has pick up speed. No only was it not good for the water bill, I could hear it at night. The drip…drip….drip was causing me to loss sleep. …Continue
Added by TriDog on April 9, 2012 at 4:43pm — No Comments
Here is a couple of Before Pictures:
This is the back
Front Corner View
As mentioned in previous postings, shortly after moving into our new Old House, we had a major roof leak. The interior walls in the first floor dinning room got wet, but we got lucky that the ceiling escaped the rainwater. Unfortunately, the built in hutch got the worst of it. So, in the mid fall of 2005, we ended up gutting around that built in hoping we could save it.
A little surprise…Continue
Added by TriDog on April 16, 2012 at 2:25pm — No Comments
I have never had a kitchen that I designed to fit my own cooking style until now. While so many people are taking down walls to create an open design, I was very happy with my kitchen partitioned off from the rest of the first floor.
I love to cook, but if I am sitting at my dining table, I don't want…Continue
I am a co-chair for the Members Gallery at this year's Furniture Society Conference. We are delighted to invite all Furniture Society members to submit to the Members Gallery at this year's conference. Design, Community & Sublime Conference will be held at Maine College of Art from June 14-16,2012 in Portland Maine. The exhibition is a wonderful opportunity to show one's work to your peers and other conference attendees. We encourage all Society members to…Continue
Added by Glen G.Guarino on March 21, 2012 at 12:35pm — No Comments
This is an amazing story about a grand old house -- history, hauntings, and restoration-in-progress of a pre-civil war Georgia home and family. Do not miss it! In case the link doesn't work, you can find it here:
Added by Charles J on March 15, 2012 at 7:47am — No Comments
Here's are a few shots of an American Foursquare in Kansas City, Missouri. I've posted photos of dozens more restored historic homes in the Pendleton Heights Neighborhood Virtual Tour. …Continue
We are trying to get a picture of the original mantle. It was supposedly very ornate and matched the 1/4 sawn oak trim and corinthian columns in our stairway. It is missing, and there are two areas of thought. It was either stolen or the old man who owned the home and may have had some dementia, let it go some how.
In any case it was not there when we bought the house:…Continue