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by triguy128
Wed Sep 14, 2011 9:28 am
Forum: Post-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: Interested in buying an "old" house!
Replies: 21
Views: 5404

Re: Interested in buying an "old" house!

One more comment. Lead paint and Asbestos was mentioned. This is pretty much a given for any old home, especially those built before 1950. Couple things to remember. Treat those materials with respect, but don't freak out about. #1 - if you leave it alone/undisturbed, it won't hurt you. Wet cleaning...
by triguy128
Tue Sep 13, 2011 10:43 pm
Forum: Post-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: Intro - New Old Home Owner
Replies: 23
Views: 8198

Re: Intro - New Old Home Owner

I warn you, Beaux Arts might be a stretch. IT's probably a cross between neoclassical and craftsman. It was clearly "modern" in it's time. Poured concrete foundation with steel I-beam supports. Central hallway design ans the huge master suite with a large bathroom. Fortunately not too much remuddlin...
by triguy128
Tue Sep 13, 2011 10:19 pm
Forum: Post-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: Intro - New Old Home Owner
Replies: 23
Views: 8198

Re: Intro - New Old Home Owner

Welcome! Sounds like a fantastic house that we would love to see pictures of :wink: You are one of only a few people I have ever heard who speak of their new old home and really don't have anything bad to say about the house's condition or those worthless PO's, congratulations! :mrgreen: I guess I ...
by triguy128
Tue Sep 13, 2011 12:47 pm
Forum: Post-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: Geeting New Roof...Shingle color help!
Replies: 21
Views: 8922

Re: Geeting New Roof...Shingle color help!

I would look into a steel roof. I see them a lot on farmhouses and I think they fit the character and they do reflect some heat and last longer. Some are designed to minic the look of shingles too. I might actually consider it on my house when I need to replace my roof in 10-15 years. My 2 story hom...
by triguy128
Tue Sep 13, 2011 12:41 pm
Forum: Post-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: "Wind bracing" in an old farmhouse
Replies: 4
Views: 2049

Re: "Wind bracing" in an old farmhouse

shazapple wrote:Huh, I wondered why my walls had diagonal bracing. Now i know!
In many modern homes the plywood sheating acts as bracing.

I suspect my walls have some bracing between studs somewhere or the exterior Lath may partly act as bracing as well if it's layed in a diagonal pattern.
by triguy128
Tue Sep 13, 2011 10:22 am
Forum: Post-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: Intro - New Old Home Owner
Replies: 23
Views: 8198

Intro - New Old Home Owner

Back in late June, my wife and I closed on a 1925 neoclassical located in Iowa. It was built during the building boom and industrial expansion in the area following the nearby construction of a lock & dam with hydroelectric power. It sits atop a 100ft bluff overlooking the Mississippi river in a NR ...
by triguy128
Tue Sep 13, 2011 10:01 am
Forum: Post-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: "Wind bracing" in an old farmhouse
Replies: 4
Views: 2049

Re: "Wind bracing" in an old farmhouse

http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/article/0,,1219155-2,00.html http://www.holmesmagazine.com/askthepro_hammitt.php Here's a couple references. Specifically I think wind bracing entails cross bracing being added between studs in typcial wood frame construction. If it was retrofitted, I would assume tha...
by triguy128
Mon Sep 12, 2011 9:51 pm
Forum: Post-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: Interested in buying an "old" house!
Replies: 21
Views: 5404

Re: Interested in buying an "old" house!

New to this board, but I thought I'd chime in. When buying an old home, in some ways, you almost feel like your "saving it". Especially if the previous owner was on a fixed income and couldn't afford upkeep or if the previous owners cared more about interior paint colors and remuddling the kitchen t...