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Andrew J Kuykendall Home

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.…


Added by Faith L Haney on September 13, 2012 at 12:04am — No Comments

1917 Toilet still up for grabs FREE. Southern Maine


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

Added by lyn joy on September 1, 2012 at 12:22pm — 1 Comment

Our friend Jane Powell

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…


Added by Demetra on July 16, 2012 at 11:43am — No Comments

Sistering Floor Joists

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. …


Added by Sean A. Eaton on July 13, 2012 at 5:45pm — No Comments

That Sinking feeling

That Sinking feeling

     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. …


Added by TriDog on April 9, 2012 at 4:43pm — No Comments

House Painting and Roof

Here is a couple of Before Pictures:

This is the back


Front Corner View

Now this…


Added by Bill Hendrickson on March 17, 2012 at 9:54pm — 1 Comment

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

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