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The Dinning Room

      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…


Added by TriDog on April 16, 2012 at 2:25pm — No Comments

An Unintentionally French Country Kitchen

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…


Added by Karan Andrea on December 18, 2011 at 8:00pm — 4 Comments


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…


Added by Glen G.Guarino on March 21, 2012 at 12:35pm — No Comments

What style is my house built in 1913?

Added by Jill Deckard on March 14, 2012 at 8:36pm — 4 Comments

Historic Haunted Pre-Civil War House Restoration

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

Historic Pendleton Heights Virtual Tour

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. …


Added by Anthony Marstall on January 28, 2012 at 12:00am — 3 Comments

The Fireplace Mantle

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:…


Added by Bill Hendrickson on January 19, 2012 at 8:00am — 4 Comments

Flooring: Before & After

The house has and intricate inlay in the foyer as seen below:

The dinning room is maple:…


Added by Bill Hendrickson on December 23, 2011 at 2:00am — 2 Comments

The Roof & Chimney

I am a little late in updating. The major work has occured during the month of November 2011.

The original roof was shake shingles and was replaced sometime with asphalt. We replaced the old shingleswith Owens Corning Duration Premium, which provides that same shake-like look. This was finished between snow storms this week.

The main chimney was rebuilt so that a new gas boiler could be installed. A liner will be put in as well. The chimney was only rebuilt back up to the level…


Added by Bill Hendrickson on December 20, 2011 at 6:00am — 2 Comments

Open Floorplan: Arts & Crafts Style

The first time I walked through the first floor of my house, it struck me that the house was built in 1924, yet the first floor had a beautiful flow to it, and an open floorplan. The kitchen is separated from the rest of the rooms by a swinging door and a half-stairwell that leads to the basement and the backyard. This was fine with me - I'm not crazy about the contemporary floorplans that slam the kitchen right in the middle of the 'living space'. I don't really want my dirty dishes, and…


Added by Karan Andrea on December 18, 2011 at 1:21am — 4 Comments

Finally a Creative Space: My Music Room

The reason I bought this house to begin with was two-fold. I fell in love with the woodwork and leaded glass windows, but the house also has a 700 square foot, boarded up storefront that I eventually want to restore and divide it into two spaces - a first floor bathroom and laundry, and a large music room and performance space. I won't be working on the storefront for a while, so I turned the third bedroom on the second floor of the house into an office/music room so that I have a place to…


Added by Karan Andrea on December 17, 2011 at 11:19pm — No Comments

Holiday Photo Contest: See Some of Our Favorites!

Have you entered our Holiday Photo Contest yet? The photo to the left was submitted by Martha--like it on Facebook or challenge her by…


Added by Community Host on December 8, 2011 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Now Taking Reservations: A Guest Room without the Blues...

When I first looked at this house, the previous owners made some, errrr... interesting choices, but probably the most memorable was the gawdawful royal blue paint on the walls in one of the bedrooms. It was so awful, the room actually felt as if it were vibrating. To make matters worse, there were these long, Frankenstein-looking plaster repairs on every wall.…


Added by Karan Andrea on December 8, 2011 at 2:38pm — No Comments

Renovation Complete: The Master Bedroom & Back Hall

In the intro to my last blog, I let it be known IN WRITING (!!) that I would be moved into my house by Labor Day. Not that anyone is going to hold my feet to the fire for it, but it gave me a tangible goal that was well within reach. So how did I do? I actually slept in my house for the first time on August 27, 2011 - the Saturday before Labor Day.YES!…


Added by Karan Andrea on December 8, 2011 at 10:58am — No Comments

Cabinet door painting

So over the last few days I have removed all of the cabinet doors bagging and tagging all hardware along with a location tag on each door. 


steps taken so far in door prep

  1. removed hinges, and any other hardware, tagging each with location
  2. used a commercial strength degreaser to clean doors.  I was amazed at how dirty the doors were upon close inspection.
  3. set the doors aside so they cold dry and the degreaser would continue to…

Added by Nick Wylie on October 31, 2011 at 11:57am — 1 Comment

Bathroom Reno...

My bathroom renovation started when I put my arms through the floor

by the toilet whilst trying to replace a wax seal on my old toilet.

After removing about 4 layers of flooring which included vinyl flooring, plywood, newspapers and thinset mortar I finally reached the old floor boards, sad to say they were all wet and rotted out with p...., well you know what. I had to remove all the boards and start over with new boards and 1/2 inch plywood. I gutted all the walls, removed…


Added by Frances Reay on October 18, 2011 at 7:55pm — No Comments

My porch restore

Finally got around to working on the porch. I have restored the window trim, replacing rotted out casing and stripping and repainting. I left the window for the spring as the weather is getting real wintery around here.

I also trimmed out the front door, it didnt have any trim at all. I took my inspiration from original interior trim. I think it turned out pretty good.

Added by Frances Reay on October 18, 2011 at 7:29pm — No Comments

A new Old House

I am so excited about moving to Maine. I will miss my Texas House it is a very nice and comfortable house- but I am not a warm weather person. I need to get this house ready to sell first. So my yellow kitchen will go to a nice safe white. There is a lot of work to do in the new house but nothing that an experiences person can't get done in a few days! To bad I am not that handy- but I will do what I can- I can dry wall, I can paint, I can unscrew things and screw things in. But for a two…


Added by Nora Qudus on October 18, 2011 at 9:41am — 1 Comment

It now Begins

We closed on the house and received the keys on September 30th. The first week in October we had the the Plumber, Electrician, roofer, chimney repair, and painter revisit the house and plan their attack on this 110 year old renovation project.


We plan to replace the plumbing to the two baths and kitchen and replumb the heating. This will entail removing the asbestos covered pipes in the basement as well as the old boiler. We found a company who will remove the pipes with the…


Added by Bill Hendrickson on October 8, 2011 at 2:30am — No Comments

From Hell to Purgatory my 1889 Victorian Queen Anne Restoration

Well nearly finished painting outside for the season.  So nice to get 2 sides done after 5 years of scaffolding, missing siding, holes in the house, no windows and mind you living in this mess the WHOLE time.  Here are some photos of how it has progressed.  If you would like to read more check out my other blog at http://1889victorianrestoration.blogspot.com/


Here are a few before photos:



Added by Matt M on October 5, 2011 at 4:00pm — 7 Comments

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