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).
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
PLEASE help end my shattered picture window nightmare!
Builder wants to put in weep holes
building an indoor incinerator in the attic
Insulating a flat roof?
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