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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

Tiny Guest House Adds Livability to Historic Home

Historic homes have plenty of charm and character, but are often short on space. This is especially true when company comes to town. Ybor City resident Judy Greer has found an affordable solution to that problem: she is installing a guest cottage behind her home. Designed and built by Historic Shed, a Brooksville-based outbuilding specialty company, the cottage complements her historic home and adds to the neighborhood character. The cottage has a bedroom and full bath, and is roughly the…


Added by Jo-Anne Peck on October 4, 2011 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Getting it together

Well, it's been a while since I checked in. We are firmly established in the house! Ive spent most of the last month clearing the brush around the house in order to get to the two fig trees, the two pear trees and the two black walnut trees. I really wanted to harvest the fruits from these trees, so I haven't been working on the actual house that much. Now that the figs are gone, the pears are maturing in the fridge, and the 300 or so walnuts are drying, I'm ready to start the renovation on…


Added by Bobby on October 1, 2011 at 10:22pm — 1 Comment

Finally made the move!

Well, we finally did it! My roomate and I decided we had enough and moved to the old house. We both are looking forward to the task at hand of restoration. I know it will be a lot of hard work, and take a while, but she and I feel we are up to the task. I am wondering if anyone has suggestions regarding upgrading the house while maintaining the character of the house. We want to have the modern conveniences (appliances), but want the house to keep the 1830's character. I want the exterior to…


Added by Bobby on August 15, 2011 at 8:25am — 3 Comments

I can't believe it's almost done!

It has been a long. long road, but I feel (for the first time) that the list of "to dos" is finally coming to an end. Although upkeep is a given, not having enormous renovation projects hanging over my head for the summer feels very nice. I've spent more time rocking on the porch with my Dad (who still spends summers here). All in all, it's been a good thing to put my energy, heart and soul toward. Buying and fixing up an old house is not for the faint of heart -- it tests you in ways you…


Added by Kathy O'Brien on August 11, 2011 at 2:28pm — No Comments

SO Close to Done...

For the last year almost, I've been expecting to move in soon. A few months. A couple months from now. Next month. Next month. Next month. Only to be grossly disappointed by how much work is left, and how slowly it seems to go when I am working full time and only able to get anything significant done on the weekends. But now, it's really true.

You do realize that committing in writing (a blog IS writing, isn't it?) means I HAVE to be done when I say. It's like telling everyone you are…


Added by Karan Andrea on August 10, 2011 at 10:00pm — 2 Comments

Bathroom is coming along

Well the whirlpool bathtub is framed in, and the cement board is up, tiling this week.... woohoo...I am excited. New washer and dryer is set up, however we will have to pull them out and drywall behind them shortly. DH is working on finishing leveling the bathroom ( from the 1st floor...undergoing full house reno) then we will put in the drywall, and then tiles. Found a wonderful deal on the tiles on Kijiji brand new 12x12 tiles at 70 cents each. I then went to the tile store and bought some…


Added by D. Brandson on July 24, 2011 at 11:52pm — No Comments

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