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Scott Sidler

My name is Scott Sidler and I'm crazy about historic old houses. Join me as I blog about my experiences restoring these beauties, tips for caring for your own historic home, and creative DIY projects.

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architecture, interior design, sustainability

Why a Tiny House Should Be Your Next House

By Scott Sidler on Aug 06, 2012

Tumbleweedhouses.com The Tiny House movement is a growing trend in home design today. You might be surprised to find that a Tiny House is the perfect answer to living better than you ever imagined. With... Continue reading

windows, preservation, seasonal, energy

3 Ways Storm Windows Can Save Your House

By Scott Sidler on Dec 30, 2013

Historic windows can be a real conundrum for some people. Sure they are a gorgeous part of every old house, but they can be a real energy waste if they haven’t been properly maintained and... Continue reading

architecture, architectural history

Back to Basics: Italianate Architectural Style

By Scott Sidler on Oct 21, 2013

The Italianate style was an elaborate architectural style popular in the U.S. at much the same time as the Gothic Revival style, from the early 1840s until the mid 1880s. The Italainate style was extraordinarily... Continue reading

paint, windows, how to

How To: Paint a Wood Window Sash

By Scott Sidler on Oct 14, 2013

After all the hard work is done restoring a wood window, there is one final step: painting your window sash. Painting a window is by far the most important part of the process because it... Continue reading

paint, preservation

The Cost of Doing it Right: Painting Your Historic Home

By Scott Sidler on Jul 01, 2013

I get crazy looks from clients when I tell them the price for some of our services. I’m not oblivious to the fact that historic preservation is sometimes expensive, but it seems that the cost... Continue reading

architecture, house styles

Historic House Style: The American Foursquare

By Scott Sidler on Jun 03, 2013

The American Foursquare, sometimes called the “Prairie Box” was a hugely popular architectural style in almost every part of the country. It is one of the consummate American house styles. Though not technically an architectural... Continue reading

seasonal, maintenance

In the Know: Preventative Maintenance Checklist

By Scott Sidler on May 20, 2013

Image Credit: 100abandonedhouses.com Maintaining an old house can seem like a full-time job at times. Old homes were built with materials and in a manner that requires regular maintenance. While this maintenance requires time it... Continue reading

diy, repair

The 7 Best Products for Patching Wood

By Scott Sidler on Apr 22, 2013

Sometimes it’s nail holes and sometimes it’s rotten wood, but your projects will often require you to patch wood. In this post I’ll help you determine the best materials (and there are tons available!) to... Continue reading

windows, repair

How To: Replace Broken Glass in Old Windows

By Scott Sidler on Mar 25, 2013

Whether it’s an errant baseball or a tropical storm, windows are bound to break on occasion. Before you call in a window specialist to make the repair, consider doing the job yourself. After all, if... Continue reading

flooring, maintenance, how to

How To: Care for Hardwood Floors

By Scott Sidler on Mar 04, 2013

We do a lot of hardwood floor refinishing at Austin Home Restorations, and I often get asked by clients how they should care for their newly refinished wood floors. There is a specific timeline of... Continue reading