These Old Houses

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Has this group died? Too bad, would really like to talk about restoring much bigger building/s in Spain...
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Allamanda 8 Virgin Islands, U.S. Oct 5 Oct 5 44 comments
some pictures of my current house (apologies if repeats of the post in the other Tiny House group) - this was a Danish era village of a smaller plantation (cotton, indigo, sugar, then beef), and there were many cottages but this one with 6 rooms on 2...
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Allamanda 8 Virgin Islands, U.S. July 25 Jul 25 11 comment
something that made me think! re restoring towns and public spaces...
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Allamanda 8 Virgin Islands, U.S. July 25 Jul 25 33 comments
Somehow I missed seeing this group! I've put some pics of my restoration in the Tiny Houses and Natural Building group before. But I come from 4 generations of (incidentally atheist) builders and restorers, and my children are now getting involved ...
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Allamanda 8 Virgin Islands, U.S. July 25 Jul 25 22 comments
Inside the lower cabinets, the yellow glows and now the shelves are in, except for 1 more that will go in the left cabinet. Painted some shelves white on one side, yellow on the other. Front edges of all are white. Some shelves, the extra ones I ...
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DotLewis 7 KS Mar 21 Mar 21 00 comments
The "counter top" on the unit has come along well. I used a 1x16" edge glued pine board for it, wanting a bit of the feel of a butcher-block top but without the cost and the massive waste of cutting a 12" piece off it. Had to rip some width off, ...
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DotLewis 7 KS Mar 16 Mar 16 11 comment
Shelves, all painted and secured to the cabinets. They went up without problems and the attachments are very discrete. I can be a bit OCD when I take on a project so I did have to reset one "leg" as it canted toward the cabinet. Didn't notice it ...
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DotLewis 7 KS Mar 11 Mar 11 00 comments
The shelves finally came together. The unit was free standing as the only way to assemble it was independent of the wall and cabinets. Each dowel piece had a pilot hole in each end ( except the ones for the top and bottom) and the shelves had ...
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DotLewis 7 KS Mar 10 Mar 10 11 comment
Shelves to go on the left side of the cabinets. Construction is pretty basic but the potential for things not lining up properly is high. When all assembled it will have to "hug" the side of the cabinets, if any of the levels skews, that could be a...
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DotLewis 7 KS Mar 7 Mar 7 11 comment
Moving along, bottom cabinets painted and doors back in place. Next step will be building, painting and installing 1/4 round shelves on the left side of the cabinets. You might be able to see the bottom shelf, sitting in place down on the floor. ...
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DotLewis 7 KS Mar 6 Mar 6 11 comment
The cabinets will be white, same as the ones in the kitchen although the door design in the two areas is not the same. The kitchen cabinets, although mostly rehung by me about 12 years ago, had been in the house since it was remodeled (before I ...
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DotLewis 7 KS Mar 5 Mar 5 11 comment
Put a shelf under the upper cabinet, spanning to the other one. It was then time to address the wall condition which was in need of work. First did a plaster treatment on the wall, kind of a Venetian plaster technique. I had previously done this ...
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DotLewis 7 KS Mar 4 Mar 4 11 comment
Cabinets going upward, hanging the last one, the one that is alone on the wall, was a bit tricky but it worked out and is secured well to the wall. There is about 15" of clearance between the top of the cabinets and the ceiling. Have not decided if...
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DotLewis 7 KS Mar 2 Mar 2 11 comment
The lower cabinets mounted on the 2x4 base, one 18" and 2, 30" cabinets, attached to each other. Made them follow the wall rather than trying to make them plumb. Figure no one will notice the lean but trying to hide the gap that would occur if I ...
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DotLewis 7 KS Mar 1 Mar 1 00 comments
Finally on a project I've planned for a couple years. Turned the old buffet that used to be on the north dining room wall, into a bench/window seat for the south window. With that out of the way, started on the planned cabinets and "coffee bar" on ...
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DotLewis 7 KS Feb 27 Feb 27 33 comments
It was one of the 5 or 10 beautiful fall days we get before winter starts and work was slow so I came home early and got started gutting the den. Got all the warped wall paneling and moldy carpet torn out. Still deciding how much of the insulation ...
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Wurlitzer 8 TN Oct 29, 2018 Oct 29, 2018 11 comment
My living situation has been pretty strained the last year. I recently moved back to the house I grew up in. Itcs not a particularly old home, one of those 2 story prefab jobs that got brought to the subdivision in two pieces and half buried the ...
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Wurlitzer 8 TN Oct 28, 2018 Oct 28, 2018 22 comments
My house was built in 1914, and had a little done to it the first 100 years. The house had been moved, and in the process, they moved the bathroom door, and added a shower where the door had been using part of the large hall area at the base of the ...
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JustKip 7 CA Oct 21, 2018 Oct 21, 2018 00 comments
Project in the works. Slow works but still in the plan. Some folk Victorian houses have a trim feature attached to the porch posts, some simple, like in the first house pictured and some elaborate, like the second example. I decided I want to add ...
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DotLewis 7 KS Sep 6, 2018 Sep 6, 2018 11 comment
The porch ceiling structure was not difficult to repair. I reinforced the damaged joists and with the new roof on there was no evidence that it was still leaking. Then it was time to hide the less than aesthetic framing. I added fan-fold for a...
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DotLewis 7 KS Sep 1, 2018 Sep 1, 2018 11 comment
While siding, porch and door were being done, it was time for me to pick paint again. I again tested several options, this time on the computer, photoshopping some colors onto a picture to get an idea what it might look like. I settled on a light ...
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DotLewis 7 KS Aug 31, 2018 Aug 31, 2018 11 comment
On finding and hiring a contractor, I left the heavy work to experts for a while. It was astounding how quickly they worked. It took them only a few days to get the siding on the house. In addition to siding, I had them install a French door on ...
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DotLewis 7 KS Aug 30, 2018 Aug 30, 2018 22 comments
The next step was to wrap the house, first with insulating foam (not very insulating at only 1/4") followed by house wrap/vapor barrier. The window trim I had installed had to be removed in order to seal the house wrap around windows. Trim was then...
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DotLewis 7 KS Aug 27, 2018 Aug 27, 2018 22 comments
In 2008-09, I got most of the windows in the house replaced and trimmed, removed the masonite panels from about 1/3 of the house and painted the gables and some of the trim. With the advent of warm weather in 2010 I got serious about what to do with...
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DotLewis 7 KS Aug 26, 2018 Aug 26, 2018 11 comment


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