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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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How To: Install Trim Like a Pro

By Scott Sidler on Feb 25, 2013

Installing trim properly requires an eye for detail and a few specific tools and techniques. The best historic trim and moldings were installed in a seamless way called “coping” that hides joints while still allowing... Continue reading

architectural history

Mission Style

By Scott Sidler on Feb 19, 2013

In areas of the country like Florida, California, Texas (and other Southwestern states), the Mission style, sometimes called Spanish Eclectic, was hugely popular in the early 20th century. This style was gaining in popularity early... Continue reading


Dismantling History: Salvaging Old-House Materials

By Scott Sidler on Feb 11, 2013

Last week I helped my friends at Florida Victorian Architectural Antiques with the salvage of four early 20th-century homes on the banks of Lake Eola here in Orlando, FL. We were busy removing any parts... Continue reading

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Is Your Home on the Historical Cusp?

By Scott Sidler on Jan 28, 2013

Photo by Scott Sidler I have a lot of friends and clients whose homes fall into something I like to call the Historical Cusp. They don’t live in a house of any particular historical significance,... Continue reading

how to, exteriors

How To: Pressure Wash an Old House

By Scott Sidler on Jan 21, 2013

Using a pressure washer on an old home is not as simple as you might think. While it may be a great way to clean dirty siding and prep for new paint, if not done... Continue reading

how to, finishes, doors

How To: Restore an Antique Door

By Scott Sidler on Jan 18, 2013

As anyone who’s ever owned or loved an antique home knows, their beauty and uniqueness are only exceeded by one thing – the number of problems that need to be fixed. This can be tough... Continue reading


My Old House Stinks!

By Scott Sidler on Jan 14, 2013

Old houses can smell. Not always, but many do. Maybe your house had the crazy cat lady or a bunch of fraternity brothers who never cleaned up after wild parties. The older your house is... Continue reading


How To: Repair Hardwood Floors

By Scott Sidler on Jan 07, 2013

Hardwood floors are synonymous with old homes. It’s almost impossible to find an old home without them. And yet they are disappearing because people don’t realize how resilient and long-lasting they are. Unknowing homeowners and... Continue reading

windows, preservation

9 Reasons to Keep Your Old Windows

By Scott Sidler on Dec 31, 2012

Clients have been asking me lately why they should restore their old windows. So I’m half writing this for you, my readers, and half so I can have a handy printout to give to clients... Continue reading


What Is an Old House?

By Scott Sidler on Dec 17, 2012

The bumper sticker on my truck reads, "Please Recycle. Buy an Old House." It’s not often that a company can fit its mission statement on a bumper sticker. A beverage napkin maybe, but we boiled... Continue reading