COMMUNITY FORUM

redbeard

10:56AM | 04/23/05
Member Since: 04/22/05
3 lifetime posts
Bvdecor
I just discovered that I have indeed purchased my dream home. I have an 1856 colonial revival home that was remodeled in the 70's (you can imagine!) and I want to return it to the proper style. It is vinal sided OVER BRICK! I have already discovered 2 door ways and 8 windows that were covered up by a previous owner and I think there are at least 2 walls that don't belong. I would love to find an original blueprint and restore the house but there isn't one available. I can only imagine what else there may be to discover but I don't know where to start. I am afraid that on a tight budget, I may only end up removing work that I had already done to restore another room. If anyone could recommend a good starting point, I would greatly appreciate it. Keep in mind though, I'm married and my wife won't let me pull down drywall just to see what's behind it (which I have done while she has been away and repaired before she came home).

redbeard

04:26PM | 04/25/05
Member Since: 04/22/05
3 lifetime posts
I have found out from a neighbor that the brick was repointed before the siding was put up but it was a soft brick, not too sure what that means. The siding people nailed furring strips onto the brick so I am going to have holes to fix in the exterior walls. The drywall actually conceals false walls. What I mean by that is instead of chasing the new wiring through the old walls and repairing the plaster, they built new 2x4 framed walls to cover it all. The interior walls that are on the exterior sides were plastered over the brick and offered no place to run wiring. I understood the false walls here but not in every room. I figured that in each room I have lost about 10" of room space, and did I mention the drop ceilings? The only original things that I have found so far are a few pieces of baseboard moulding and one 4 panel door. At least this will help in the restoration. The one window that I had opened, I discovered that they were arched on top and it was a 6 over 6 light sash. The wife was OK with me checking out this one, it was in a walkin closet we were re-doing the was once a sleeping porch off the master bedroom. Thanks for the interest everyone. Matt
Click_to_reply_button
Inspiration_banner

INSPIRATION GALLERY



Post a reply as Anonymous

Photo must be in JPG, GIF or PNG format and less than 5MB.

Reply_choose_button

captcha
type the code from the image

Anonymous

Post_new_button or Login_button
Register

For an eclectic table setting or outdoor lighting, try a riff on this project from The SITS Girls blog—converting mason ja... It turns out that many bath and kitchen cleansers contain chemicals that are dangerous to the skin and eyes, and often pro... So often we paint tiny nooks white to make them appear larger, but opting for a dark, dramatic wall color like this one—Be... Chocolate-colored walls and large window frames allow the exposed wood beams to take center stage in this small screened p... If you're not crazy about the idea of commingling plants and pool, this modern variation may be more to your liking. The s... Yes, a freestanding garage can become its own tiny house. Artist Michelle de la Vega has all the comforts of a modern resi... There’s nothing like a new set of cabinet hardware to refresh a room. The possibilities are endless: Go modern, rustic, or... Pursue what's known as the stack effect. To achieve it, open the windows on both the upper and lower floors, and as warm a... Like no other floor type, a checkerboard design works wonders to underscore the retro kitchen theme. Vinyl flooring, ceram... Twine lanterns add pops of crafty—but sophisticated—flair to any outdoor setting. Wrap glue-soaked twine around a balloon ... When securely fastened to a tree or the ceiling of a porch, a pallet and some cushioning make the ideal place to lounge. V... Incorporate nature into your lighting scheme by securing a dead tree in a concrete mold and draping your pendant lamp from... For the cost of a can of exterior paint , you can totally transform your porch. Paint the floor a hue that complements yo... In this urban apartment, a standard-issue patio became a serene and green perch by replacing the typical concrete with gro... If you put the washing machine in the mudroom, you can stop the kids from walking through the house in dirty, grass-staine...
Follow_banner_a
Newsletter_icon Google_plus Facebook Twitter Pinterest Youtube Rss_icon
 
webapp1