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Diamond C Farm

07:29AM | 07/15/02
Member Since: 07/14/02
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I need to update my 1904 two and a half story with wrap around porch and 20 x 34 newer addition.Where to begin? The roof is some asphalt and tin over original shakes.It's failing. The siding is 30 yr old aluminum over what were once nice clapboards, the windows are nice old double hungs with ugly aluminum storms and screens.I would love to replace the roof, but I get all kinds of suggestions, metal (appropriate?), architectural, replace sheathing? etc., I would love to remove the siding down to clapboard. Then paint? Then what about insulating with blown in foam? Windows,replacement? Will the house lose character without the old wooden ones? I also need a new kitchen/laundry/storage and some updates on wiring. Now you know why I said YIKES! Where would you start? This is my family home which I have moved back into alone! I am fairly knowledgeable but can't do the work myself and have a limited budget.

Eve

02:33PM | 08/02/02
Member Since: 08/01/02
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Hi,
Having had a similar situation with our 1918 Craftsman home,I would say tackle the roof first.Then the wiring,insulation and windows.
The siding can be dealt with when the house is dry,safe and warm.We kept our drafty old double hung windows,which is rather brave(or stupid)considering our Canadian winters.We didn't want to lose the character they give the house and couldn't afford to have custom
wood replacements made.I guess when it comes to the cosmetics of your home you just have to go with your guts.We also stripped off ugly vinyl siding and sanded and painted the original cedar shakes.It looks great,but painted siding does require a lot of care.I hope this helps.
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