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by jsmit
Tue Aug 16, 2011 3:50 pm
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: Need help with shady ground cover
Replies: 23
Views: 3969

Re: Need help with shady ground cover

In my work as a landscape architect we often use the Spreading Yew (Cephalotaxus harringtonia 'Prostrata'). It doesn't get much more than 1 or 2 feet tall. Another good option for a shady groundcover is Pachysandra. We used to have a big patch of it in the back corner of our yard in NJ, and I recent...
by jsmit
Tue Aug 16, 2011 3:28 pm
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: Columns: Wood, fiberglass, composite, etc...
Replies: 11
Views: 7443

Re: Columns: Wood, fiberglass, composite, etc...

My side porch had the original wood columns, which I kept, but I put fiberglass columns on the front porch since the originals the had been replaced with cheap fluted aluminum ones. They match the style of the original ones, look just as good if not better than the wood columns, and I don't have to ...
by jsmit
Tue Jun 28, 2011 12:09 pm
Forum: Post-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: Basement storage, how to choose VOTE NOW!
Replies: 12
Views: 8816

Re: Basement storage, how to choose VOTE NOW!

what about attic for the momentos that you'll never access? Too much heat in the attic can damage certain things also. It can be bad for furniture finishes and dry out the glue. I recently took a box of my grandmother's drinking glasses that had been stored in my parent's attic for 10 years and the...
by jsmit
Tue Jun 28, 2011 10:14 am
Forum: Post-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: Antique Lights or Ceiling Fans
Replies: 28
Views: 8380

Re: Antique Lights or Ceiling Fans

I installed ceiling fans in two of my bedrooms and one on the porch. I got a basic all black fan, which looks similar in style to some of the antique ones I've seen. There were a couple original ceiling fixtures that I replaced. One of them I was able to reuse in another room, the other I saved the ...
by jsmit
Mon Jun 20, 2011 10:18 am
Forum: Post-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: Adding attic insulation
Replies: 6
Views: 2201

Re: Adding attic insulation

My attic originally had about 6" of loose insulation, much of which had settled to even less than 6". I added some insulation to bring it up even with the top of the ceiling joists, and then added 8" fiberglass batts on top of that perpendicular to the ceiling joists. In the areas I wanted to use fo...
by jsmit
Mon Jun 20, 2011 10:04 am
Forum: Post-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: Picture Rails
Replies: 40
Views: 21746

Re: Picture Rails

My picture rails are also mounted up close to the ceiling, about 1/2" down (makes it a pain to cut in the edges when painting the ceiling). There are a couple rooms where the previous owner put up sheetrock over the original plaster and installed crown moulding in place of the picture rail. I added ...
by jsmit
Thu Jun 16, 2011 3:57 pm
Forum: Pre-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: How to Hide Soffit Venting???
Replies: 6
Views: 3953

Re: How to Hide Soffit Venting???

I used a continious strip vent when redoing my soffits. It seemed to fit the best with the existing beadboard, I just had to remove one strip of beadboard. When painted the same color of the trim it isn't that obtrusive, especially if it were two stories up. Hardie siding also makes a product meant ...
by jsmit
Wed Jun 15, 2011 11:41 am
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: Window grids
Replies: 3
Views: 889

Window grids

My front door has two sidelites that are currently each one single pane of glass. The door and sidelites were replaced by the previous owner. Ideally, I would like to repace them with something nicer, but for now I was thinking of adding some window grids to give the look of what would have been the...
by jsmit
Wed Jun 15, 2011 10:22 am
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: Anyone AC their whole house with window units?
Replies: 37
Views: 41508

Re: Anyone AC their whole house with window units?

I used to cool my house with 4 window units, one large one in the living room/dining room and a smaller unit in each of the bedrooms. With the two large oak trees shading the house, I was able to keep the house pretty comfortable most of the time. I had central air installed last year. The big incen...
by jsmit
Fri Jun 10, 2011 12:27 pm
Forum: Post-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: porch help-spacing columns
Replies: 29
Views: 17212

Re: porch help-spacing columns

I think that even if the four columns are structurally strong enough to support the roof, the roof and beam on the front are so visually heavy, that you need some beefier columns to balance it out. I like the look of the doubled up square columns, or you could go with some heftier brick columns, or ...