All concrete slab-on-grade construction has a common problem.
Living in a home that has been in our family for four generations has been an interesting and challenging experience.
I am a personal admirer of primitives. I am not talking about new items that are just made to look old, rather the items that are very old, very simple and of very high museum quality.
Restoring the “envelope” of an historic building requires many skills. Not only does the restorer need to know about the various trades, but must also approach them from a historical perspective.
In this issue of Old Home Living we decided to tackle the siding on Old Home Living House One in Brantford, Ontario.
For decades now window manufacturers have sponsored studies to prove that traditional wooden window systems aren’t energy efficient.
Stroll up the path, past some barns and a split rail fence, until you see a clapboard house with a cedar roof, a few feet from the shore of Lake Erie.
It has taken almost one thousand years for bedrooms to evolve into those which we see today.
So, now that the nice weather is here it is time to start thinking about those outdoor damp-related paint repairs.
The earliest houses were an example of the direct outgrowth of architecture from function and materials.
Many people who live in century houses come across, in some cases, dozens of layers of wallpaper on walls and ceilings.
Nestled in the heart of southern New Brunswick, this Belleisle Bay gem got its humble start in the 1950s.
When Tillsonburg Ontario’s first mayor, Edwin Delvan Tillson, decided to build his beautiful retirement home, Annandale, he chose a high-gothic brick villa straight from William M. Woolett’s pattern book “Villas and Cottages; or, Homes for All” published in 1876 at the height of the Eastlake movement started by English furniture designer George Eastlake
Exceptional for many reasons, Ireland House is a valuable historic structure – an architecturally intact farmstead – which remained in continued use by one family for five generations.
You will find all sorts of interesting things when you dismantle an old building.
Somehow the universe guided us to this old house. Vacationing here as children, we never dreamed that one day we would own it.
The woods of the Colchi, in Pontus, [in modern day Turkey] furnish such abundance of timber, that they build in the following manner.
Yes, you have heard it again and again. To some people, clutter is cozy, but to others, clutter sucks away energy.
Historic Gem In The Heart Of The Village Of Richmond Hill, Ontario. Built 1879/1920, Totally Updated And Meticulously Maintained.
This winter has been a rough one, colder than I can remember and just plain long and dull! I guess it is true what they say, when stranded indoors during the winter, cabin fever can set in!
Originally, the Gothic Revival style was meant to be executed in stone and brick imitating the imposing cathedrals of mediaeval Europe.
Wrought Iron conjures up many visual interpretations of the Smithy pounding out horse shoes to keep early Canadians on the road.
The true Shaker kitchen was spotless, ready for hungry workers at 5:30 a.m., and doubtless the epitome of efficiency and craftsmanship among other things.
Shutters are one of the most misunderstood elements on heritage homes and have become, to the majority, nothing but a piece of ornamental trim to flank windows and, in some cases, doors.
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There are many reasons for replacement of a wooden floor in a traditional home. Small repairs to existing floors may be required due to damage from a leak around a hot water radiator, vents that are no longer in use, or a wall that has been moved.
Recently we restored an early six-panel wooden door. When it came to painting it, we found the task not as easy as one may think. If you paint across the grain, the finished product looks terrible.
I never intended to buy it. I went to see the Munro house one day with my friend, Leslie, who told me it had a really nice early staircase and an upstairs ballroom dating from the 1820s, complete with original mouldings.
This workshop will take you through the entire documentation and evaluation process – through to the full repair and restoration process of your original wood windows.
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The General Repair and renovation of an Older House, from the foundation to the top of the chimney! Saturday March 15th, 2020 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Many times I come across houses that have been painted and many of our subscribers ask what to do with the painted bricks and in some case, how you can remove the paint from the brick?
Many wooden doors that have given faithful service for a century or two suffer from sagging because of screw holes which have become, after literally thousands of sharp shocks with closing and opening, too large for the screws. The whole door binds and sags, making it difficult to shut.
The Queen Anne Revival house style made its first appearance in North America when the British Government displayed several examples of the style at the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia.
Where do I start my old house renovation or preservation project – Part Two!
Over the next three episode I will provide tips on how to start your renovation and what best methods to keep you on track. We have used this planning in all of our project houses and in new/old builds that I act as a deign/builder.
I have created a set of drawings in hopes to inspire the reader to recreate this historic landscape in their own front yard!
On this episode of the Chris Cooper show I will introduce the second of our project houses. A long forgotten farmhouse built in 1837 located in Bright, just 5 minutes west of Cambridge, Ontario.
The old Ice Cream shop in Hubbards Cove, Nova Scotia
Our first long term project home is our frame Victory house built in 1947 located in Brantford, Ontario Canada.
This project is a clear example of what almost any amateur couple can do with a little fore sight and discipline. Money is one of the lesser parts of the equation.
On this episode of the Chris Cooper Show… I will be visiting Carla Emin in the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia – Carla is living the proverbial Canadian dream of living in an old house that has been beautifully restored – with a successful business just steps from her back door.
Drafty Wood Windows, in Need of Repair?
9 Simple Tips – to Save You Money this Winter!
The true sense of a craftsman is the quality of their work! We look at architectural millwork (a.k.a. gingerbread) and are awestruck at the intricacy and workmanship that went into these pieces of wooden art!
The problem with most commercial water collection barrels is they are plastic and unattractive and do not fit in the landscape of a Vintage Home very well.
There was once a little boy who collected bottle caps and candy wrappers, baseball cards and butterflies. This was followed by stamps, coins and cacti. And later still, antiquarian books, collectibles and antique furniture. And, finally, buildings. The latter being the most interesting by far. Now, at age 60, this same little boy; namely myself…
What is it that evokes so much pleasure of cold winter nights sitting around a cast iron stove? Perhaps it is the memories of your parents or grandparents weaving stories of their past, “when I was a child we would…” or perhaps it’s those memories of the best meals you ever had being cooked on…
Old doors have been given a bad rap (excuse the pun) for a long time! The removal of old doors (not unlike wood windows) can significantly reduce or destroy the character and authenticity of a traditional home. The door is the first thing that greets the owner and visitors alike. The warmth and character of…
“Once a house is gone it is not often that something goes up which is as pleasing
as what was there. Our streetscapes are suffering.” Leslie Langille
1824 stone home with 8.8 wooded acres, beautifully preserved, central staircase, elegant perennial gardens, writer’s cabin in the woods. For more information and sale price for this lovely home visit Historic Homes For Sale.