Introducing the Nova Scotia Homeowner’s Series 2022… LIVE and In-Person – Paradise, Nova Scotia
We are only a week away from this important Homeowner’s workshop and the start of autumn with the chill of the impending winter season that will soon be upon us! We need to start thinking about those ever increasing heating bills. Dr. Cooper will navigate you through proven techniques to keep that olde house of yours toasty warm for the winter months without damaging the house in the process.
“Welcome to Paradise”!!! I replied: “The House or the Town”??? Rick Replied: “Oh geeze… definitely the town”!!!
Introducing the Nova Scotia Homeowner’s Series 2022. LIVE and In-Person – Paradise, Nova Scotia October 1st, 2022
There is a critical shortage of heritage professionals who perform Building Pathology on the vast stock of older houses and commercial buildings across Canada and the United States.
Because you really can save 30 – 50% on heating costs in your traditional or heritage house! Now that I have your attention, this workshop may be
The appearance of brick and stone masonry owes as much to the character of the mortar joints as to the brick and stones themselves. Unsuitable poorly executed repointing can affect not only the look but also the durability of masonry and is amongst the most frequent causes of damage to the character and fabric of a historic building.
A Yellow Farmhouse Event “Company’s Coming” Antiques & Art Editorial By: Ellen Vanbeek Berry Photography By: Dr. Christopher Cooper My friend Michael Rowan’s visit (a fellow collector and seller) in October 2021 started the ball rolling to organize a small, personable, intimate and credible showing of antiques and art at the Yellow Farmhouse, just outside…
During the restoration of timber elements such as doors, windows, etc., the inevitability of tearing the wood is frequent and sometimes unavoidable.
“There is a critical shortage of heritage masonry repair professionals who perform small lime masonry repair and repointing jobs on the vast stock of older houses and commercial buildings across Canada and the United States.”
The kitchen has been driving me crazy, mainly because it was in the most miserable condition of all! The tin ceiling had great chunks of lead based paint dangling from it, hmm images of a big pot of stew or soup simmering on the stove with paint chips floating down into it like autumn leaves!
INSPIRATION – Yellow Houses
This lovely 18th century house (circa 1716) is located north of Boston, Massachusetts. These images were taken in the early 1930’s and are a record of both the building and this most remarkable wood fence. I would surmise the fence would date from the mid 19th century, but it has a very Neo-Classical flavour to the design so it could even be earlier.
NOVA SCOTIA | Charles Macdonald Concrete House
The aim of the course is to provide technical training around the key principles of Building Pathology and provide you with knowledge and techniques in a multidisciplinary role.
Eastlake – is it a man, a piece of furniture or an architectural design style?
Editorial, Graphics and Photography By: Dr. Christopher Cooper Years ago, we had an excursion to Eastern Ontario with back-to-back workshops being held in Brighton and Kingston. There was method to-our-madness, we had been down to Perth, Ontario earlier in the summer and fell head-over-heels in love with the area because of the vast stock of…
Floorcloths or “Oylcloths” are first mentioned in Britain at the beginning of the eighteenth century. They were painted by humble house painters and often offered in the classical designs used for marble floors by the fashionable architects of the day.
During the last two decades of the nineteenth and first two decades of the twentieth century, American and Canadian architects became well entrenched in the British Arts & Crafts movement, with some embracing elements of the Tudor and Jacobean Revival house styles of the time.
“Bulldoze it”, the man said. “It’s going to fall down; it’s too far gone”.
Their contractor warned wood shingles was more expensive and yet also, not as good. Their contractor was a coward. That last one was my assertion, and it still is!
The jewel in the crown of this splendid building is the 12 over 12 sash windows flanking the central door (where in most Neoclassical design would favour sidelights) with the second floor duplicated for symmetry. Usually, Neoclassical houses follow the form of its earlier interpretation, the Georgian (which the original 1815 house in the rear did) with a typical five-bay symmetry. However, in this case the house is decidedly asymmetrical with the central window and door arrangement.
Belvedere is a room built above the roof for the purpose of obtaining a “fine view” (literal Italian translation).
So, if you have a pretty piece that needs some TLC or updating, that you know is not a valuable piece, get creative with it. Using more then one fabric adds a new dimension to any piece.
Wood soffits, they’re boards, with paint. That’s it. That’s what they are. That’s all they are. Pretty simple. Right? That’s why you don’t read anything really dedicated to them.
You finally bought that house on the hill. You know that one. It’s ‘100-and-something’ years old. It has that steep roof and those weird, different-shaped shingles. It has that gingerbread in the eves and multi-pane windows with old-fashioned wooden storms. Part of the roof is wooden shingles. The ‘old guy’ used to live there and then his family put it on the market after he died.
To remove existing vines, cut them off at the base of the plant and allow the vine attached to your house to wither and die. This may take several weeks or even months, depending on whether or not the side of the house has direct exposure to the sun.
New Edifice Guild Member | I keep my clients informed at every stage of the process and we work together to create the best solution to address the challenges and opportunities that arise in heritage restoration work. I will treat your home as if it were my own and the standard will always be the same — I will give you my BEST work.
Edifice Guild Approved | Chance Coombs is a heritage preservationist who specializes in window restoration and masonry.
Edifice Guild Approved | Sherlock Homes Carpentry | Custom Wood Doors, Custom Wood Windows and Storms… Stair restoration and repair… Wood floor restoration and repair.
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In this week’s episode of An Architectural Moment, we will dissect the Georgian Sash Window. We hope this will inspire you to keep and restore these fabulous pieces of architectural folk art that are the soul of your heritage home.
The Doucet House (1772) sits just to the right of The Farmers’ Bank and, boy, did my jaw drop!
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Dr. Christopher Cooper will take you through the entire documentation and evaluation process – through to the full repair and restoration process of your original wood windows in detailed close-up video step-by-step instructions.
Saturday, December 12th, 2020 Is it possible to live off-grid? Just ask Kyle, who has lived off-grid for many years
Because you really can save 30 – 50% on heating costs in your traditional or heritage house! Now that I have your attention, this workshop may be for you!
The image in Figure 1 is usually the last nail in the proverbial coffin of older wood siding.
When I was young and foolish, I would climb ladders and walk ridgepoles on three-and four-storey houses without a care and without fear.
Outhouses are, after all, a very large part of our history.
I am sure our readership is aware of my passion for antique hardware, to wit, I have become a collector of early Suffolk and Norfolk latches, with a few interesting Tudor and Elizabethan era pieces.
In our previous article entitled “Wallpaper Woes,” where we gave our best advice to repair plaster walls after the removal of many layers of wallpaper.
Recent trends in the creation of a fine kitchen are to create, or repurpose a butler’s pantry.
The true sense of a craftsman is the quality of their work!
Many people who own traditional houses have one thing in common, the total lack of closet space!
Paint has had a very long history as is evident in cave paintings and the Egyptian Hieroglyphs, and in the colourful 200-year-old armoire you purchased while on vacation in rural Quebec.
More and more terribly executed repairs are being perpetrated on original verandah, portico, or porch posts and columns in Canada each day.
In the mid to late 18th century, lath and plaster walls were devised to hang beautiful hand-blocked wallpaper.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
We have many resources to our architectural past. This summer house is a beautiful example of a late 19th century garden feature. The Historic American Buildings Survey in 1933 documented this wonderful summer house (located in Mount Holly, NJ, on the Ashhurst Estate) – with a single photograph and a complete set of detailed drawings…
Summer is here and it is always nice to prop open your old fashioned guillotine windows (a window devoid of weights and pulleys) and take advantage of cool evening breezes. The problem with this is what to use other than a book (see Image 1). During our visit to the east coast a couple of…
In Conversation With Lori Gaiardo (Home Owner) – and Nena Wagner (Publisher Edifice Vintage Home) – Photography By: Christopher Cooper Nena: When you bought your house in what kind of condition was the kitchen? Lori: The house had unfortunately not been lived in for almost three years after the previous owner’s death so it was…
Stunning 1830 Greek Revival House For Sale in Jamaica Vermont
And now I leave you with these thoughts… there is nothing which better creates curb appeal, character and makes a house a home than a beautifully maintained and loved wooden verandah.
I have great affection for abandoned houses. I find them beautiful and somewhat sad in their attempt to prop themselves up and not become merely dust in the landscape. Every-so-often I find myself so enamored with a long forgotten edifice that it almost haunts me, as did a little house I stumbled upon during a…
I enjoy exploring older neighborhoods and looking at the older homes. I pay particular attention to the architectural details and the paint colours used, as this is my special interest. Many people have a fear of painting their house a bold colour such as red however red is a fabulous colour to make both a…
A garden gate becomes an attractive focal point for curb appeal and a welcoming portal to what wonderful delights await on the other side; a loved and cared for garden or the charming and perfectly restored house.