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.
In a previous article we tackled one of the most demanding projects on an old house – replacing wooden sills. We will continue this series showing a step-by-step restoration of very early window architraves.
Many early domestic and commercial buildings built of brick and random rubble stone have wooden sills, possibly because the stone or brick mason on the job site was not well versed in the subtleties of fine-cut-stone sills or because the owner of the home could not afford such a luxury.
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.
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.