09:07AM | 03/14/04
Member Since: 03/13/04
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We have purchased an 1835 Regency cottage (one story and attic space) made of fieldstone in Ontario. We need tips on how to go about finding the right experts to guide us in restoring the home's interior and planning for the exterior landscaping. We want to keep it true to its period.

Any suggestions on websites or e-mail addresses or who to approach?

Most urgently, we need to deal with the existing windows, our kitchen and the landscape.



01:36AM | 03/28/04
Member Since: 03/27/04
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i don't mean to rock the boat but i didn't think 1835 was in the regency period? i thought the regent reigned until 1825? we in america got as close as georgian and the adam/federal. but the few regency houses we have came directly from england by people such as william jay how only made 2 true regency houses before modifying totally over himself. ahh actually here we had been charging at the greek revival for upwards of 10 years.


02:39PM | 03/28/04
Member Since: 06/06/03
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Hello Ahmadi,

The house sounds wonderful and like it has lots of potential!

I'm curious.... Regarding renovation, are you restricted by a "historical" designation? Some of those have pretty tough rules. "True to the period" might be a great goal--but it would be great (for example) if you have the freedom to replace windows with comfortable new thermopanes--instead of having to rebuild and restore old windows.

Have your neighbors done such remodeling/renovation? They might be good sources for landscape architects and other contractors that have experience with older homes. Hopefully they'll have positive things to say!

I must say, it sounds like you're being methodical and asking the right questions. There certainly are architects, etc., who specialize in such restoration.

Good luck,

-k2 in CO (Moderator, Miscellaneous Forum)


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