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More House Bits and Bobs [Aug. 17th, 2013|07:53 am]
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arma_padawan
This is the stain glass treatment i executed on the front door

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kitchen part 3 - finally [Mar. 22nd, 2012|01:28 pm]
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arma_padawan
the kitchen as it was
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need sink opinions [Feb. 13th, 2012|09:12 am]
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arma_padawan
Hi all,

i'm looking to get opinions on sinks. i would like to go with a cast-iron double-bowl undermount. does anyone have opinions on cast-iron versus acrylic? I would really like a white sink if possible.
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Kitchen Project part 2 - the bump out [Feb. 9th, 2012|03:41 pm]
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arma_padawan
Last time we looked at the kitchen as it was and has been. This time we take a look at the work involved in bumping out the kitchen and changing the footprint of the house. As you noticed, the kitchen was in a funny L-shape that was difficult to use. This project changed the kitchen into a rectangular shape - much easier to work with.

as you can see here, this is the outside of the kitchen showing the L-shape which resulted from expanding the kitchen onto the back porch - which was done around 1970. They built the shed in the resulting corner.

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(no subject) [Jan. 29th, 2012|06:01 pm]
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eightydollsyell
1) Where is the house? (not the address, just the country, city and county/state/province) Stratford, CT
2) Are you the owner? If not, do you know who is? My husband and I bought the house in August 2011
3) What year was it built? 1915
4) Is it haunted? And have you seen the ghost? Tell us about it! As far as we can tell no, all bumps in the night are the fault of the cat.
5) What is the house's history? Well, it was built in 1915 it is a craftsman bungalow that has been a little butchered by the previous owners (we think). The previous owners lived here for 45 years, and raised 7 kids in our house. They added an addition in 1982ish, which houses the master bedroom and formerly very 70's bathroom. We have ripped up most of the ugly brow carpet with padding that was basically powder, to reveal red oak flooring. We're slowly trying to modernize while keeping true to the original style of the house. The previous owners also closed in former front porch.
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Kitchen Project part 1 [Jan. 28th, 2012|10:05 am]
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arma_padawan
So, after waiting over a year to get started, now is the time for the kitchen project. This will be a huge undertaking, so rather than wait and post one large blog, i'm going to break this up into smaller sections.

This post will focus on the kitchen as it was when i bought the house, and the changes i've made since then. it'll give you a good idea of what i've been living with for the past two years.

First, the kitchen as it was. It was truly a house of horrors. Here is a shot of some of the original cabinets:

ugly cabinets, wallboard, and acoustic ceiling in the kitchen.  this was later removed

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Fireplace project! [Jan. 26th, 2012|10:06 am]
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arma_padawan
So, i remodeled the fireplaces back in november/december of 2010, but my camera died, and i never got around to replacing it. I finally decided to borrow my mom's camera and take some pictures. It doesn't do as well as my old canon, so i had to lighten the pictures in photoshop. I suppose that could be because the battery is almost dead.

Anyway, here's how the fireplaces looked when i bought the house. They were closed up and had space heaters in front of them.

the dining room with carpet and gas heater

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And once I said I'd never live in an old house [Jan. 7th, 2012|11:36 am]
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rockychristine
[Current Location |Oklahoma]
[Current Mood |accomplished]

And then I moved out from my parents' house after college.

I spent about eight months in a beautiful if crumbling old Victorian that had been cut into three housing units. Oh, what an adventure. I was constantly doing minor mold remediation, polishing the original hardwood floors only for them to be a mess again, muttering curses against both knob-and-tube wiring and the landlord who wouldn't fix anything... By the time I moved, the landlord kind of hated me. Apparently, a home inspector's kid who lives in a standing code violation is not great for landlord-tenant relations.

Then I came to my senses, got sick of being the unpaid caretaker for the house, and moved halfway across the country. What with my common sense, I moved into another case of what I like to call renovatoritis.

My current project is a 1914 Craftsman bungalow that I live in. It had a full renovation in 1998, and is in great shape in terms of structure and basic systems. It does have kind of a bad case of remuddling... the person who rebuilt it ripped out all of the walls and made an open floor plan. I'm planning to put in new flooring; the carpet is trashed after a combination of neglect and raising kittens. Thankfully it didn't damage the subfloor. And the house could use some repainting and the bathroom needs to be re-insulated. Oh well, something to do with my time when I'm not at a boring desk job.

As soon as I thought I had enough on my hands, another house walked into my life.

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DELETED SPAM [Nov. 28th, 2011|12:27 pm]
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neat_and_pretty
my apologies, totally forgot to check last week for spam, all spam messages and those which have no old houses content have now been removed, user IDs flagged and reported to LJ as spam bots.
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underlay [Jul. 22nd, 2011|10:24 am]
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psychopathic1
[Current Mood |excitedexcited]

you never know what you are going to find when you pull the old floor up...
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graduation week [Jun. 22nd, 2011|12:50 pm]
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psychopathic1
[Current Mood |moodymoody]

some old houses are about to be filled with alot more feet in the up-coming days!
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in the attic [Jun. 19th, 2011|09:33 am]
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psychopathic1

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My love is like a storybook story... [Jun. 14th, 2011|10:49 pm]
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avanta7
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[Current Mood |dorky]

Because I'm weird like this, I've been trying to figure out exactly what style architecture my house is. I wandered around the web for a while and made my way to Old House Web, which had lots and lots of early 20th Century architecture example pictures. Thus began the process of elimination.

It's not the usual Craftsman cottage.

No covered porch with columns, no dormers.

It's not Beaux Arts:


not Prairie:


Definitely not any style Victorian:

which, BTW, I am well aware isn't early 20th century architecture, but they're just sooo pretty!

Ahem. It has elements of Tudor Revival:

but no half-timbered detailing.

None of this website's pictured examples seemed to fit. But way down on the list was the name of a style that had no pictures, but the name itself called to me. Another interwebz search or two later and , finally, I found it.

A Tudor/Craftsman hybrid called Common Storybook.

I live in a storybook one-story, which fills my old-fashioned romantic heart with unadulterated joy.
Front of house 2
(Of course, you know this entry was just an excuse to post a picture of my own house again.)
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fire extinguishers [May. 31st, 2011|02:55 am]
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psychopathic1
[Current Mood |cheerfulcheerful]

luv these old fire prevention systems. my place is loaded with them.

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(no subject) [May. 22nd, 2011|11:45 pm]
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restoman
This amazing house is in the town of New Berlin, NY (population 1,129.) The locals pronounce the town name with the accent on the first syllable of Berlin. In spite of its appearance, this house is not abandoned. It is the most elaborate Mansard Style house I have ever seen. The mansard roof is slate, with wrought iron cresting that looks like lace. I would guess that it was built in the early 1870s. ...and it is PINK!!!!

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Old house question [Feb. 11th, 2011|03:46 pm]
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sandokai
When you're painting in your old house and there is a crack in the plaster... do you bother to do anything with it or do you just keep painting? (Some of my walls date to 1890).
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living room remodel! (finally) [Nov. 7th, 2010|10:56 pm]
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arma_padawan
Let us remember the living room that was:

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Replacing old with new (or new with old?) [Nov. 2nd, 2010|07:22 am]
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gracegiver
We bought a craftsman home in Northern CA less than a year ago, and although much of it has been re-muddled, the living and dinning area remained intact so those are the two rooms we're hoping to bring back to what may have been there in 1908 when the house was built.

One of our first projects was to repair these two windows next to the fireplace. The most difficult and time consuming chore was choosing a contractor to build the window sill, casement and mill work. We wanted to copy the window frames that are in the dining room. It was labor intense and we paid for it, but they just stunning. He did a good job.

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Office Remodel! [Oct. 13th, 2010|10:20 pm]
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arma_padawan
First let us remember the office that was. Note the sheer terror of horrors. I call this color "dirty teeth yellow."

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Marshall, Michigan's 47th annual Historic Home Tour [Sep. 26th, 2010|02:59 pm]
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avictoriangirl
111 pictures of this years tour can be found over at my journal for anyone interested. :)
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History... [Mar. 7th, 2010|05:10 pm]
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avanta7
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I've been looking through the county historical tax records (which are available ONLINE! I love the 21st Century!), and have discovered our lot and the lot next door were originally owned by a J.E. Paschall and first recorded in county tax records in 1928. I suspect the house was built in 1928, as well, because that's the date on the old cast iron coal bin door in the cellar (the coal bin itself and the furnace it once fed are long gone, thank heavens). In 1930, the lots became jointly owned by J.E. Paschall and Verna Horn. Ms. Horn stayed on as owner or co-owner until at least 1939. The tax records for 1940-1943 for our subdivision aren't available on line. By 1944, two different women owned the property, a Mrs. Bonnie Leith and Edith Rae Atkins, along with a J.B. Hollingsworth. In 1946, Mrs. Leith went away and a Dr. E.A. Isbell took her place. No tax records online for our subdivision for 1948-1963...hmm. In 1964, J.B. Hollingsworth shared ownership with C. and Sybil Majure, and remained that way to at least 1977, which is where the online historical data ends.

Although I wish the rest of the data were available, and I'm curious as to when the ownership of the two lots went their separate ways, it's not necessary for me to know the names of everyone who ever owned this house. The main thing I was after was the original owner and the date of construction. I'm quite satisfied to have that.
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I haven't been here much... [Feb. 21st, 2010|09:28 am]
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avanta7
[Current Mood |bouncybouncy]

...in the last couple of years, actually. Mainly because I wasn't living in an old house anymore. But spouse and I recently relocated and bought a 1930 brick Craftsman cottage, so be prepared for the renovation stories!




We've been in the house less than three weeks, and I haven't had a chance to research its history at all. Rest assured I'll tell you all about it as soon as anything interesting pops up.

*beam*

I love my new old house!
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1908 Folk Victorian Cottage - from fugly to fab, part 2 [Jan. 11th, 2010|09:16 pm]
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arma_padawan
here is the bedroom that was:

dark, dank, horrible 70's paneling and icky carpet:
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As you know, that awful paneling is filled with shallow vertical grooves, for some reason. my choice was rip the paneling out, and then if the plaster underneath was in bad shape, it would suck. what to do?

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A case of the uglies [Nov. 21st, 2009|07:27 am]
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pkbarbiedoll
What can be done with the front of this little home? I'm looking at it to renovate & live in, but this porch (like the vinyl siding) is just horrible and must go. But that would leave an exceedingly boring home to look at from the street.



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FROM DRAB TO... DEAD SEXY... PART 1 [Nov. 20th, 2009|08:54 pm]
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arma_padawan
First, let's take a moment to remember the dining room that was:

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