I have been a member here since 2006 but never did anything but lurk. We were looking to buy an old house(something we had wanted to do for ages) but it did not happen until March of this year...different house but only three blocks from the one we looked at in 2006.
My name is Bob and I am the Curator of Collections for the Peoria Historical Society. http://www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org/
My wife(Holly) is a Nurse Practioner. We have been married for 23 years and together for 25(since highschool!)
We have three kids who are grown..well one is a senior in high school...and actually going to be the first one out of our house as he is leaving for the Army after graduation. The other two are in college and I suspect will be at least partially here for quite awhile.
Holly and I are both pretty handy and work well together. We renovated out first house by ourselves...nothing special just a 60's house that had been a rental for a long time. But we did flooring, wiring, new doors, new trim(oak...which the people we sold it to promptly painted!....argh!)etc etc. So while we have not restored before we are not afriad to learn and tackle it.
I am not sure of the exact age of our house. It has a purely decorative turret that can only be accessed from the attic(which is not a walk up either). The people we bought it from had done nothing to the house and only lived here about a year. The owners before them lived here from 1966 to 2008. They renovated the entire house....which unfortunately included vinyl siding and and Aluminum storms so all the detail on the outside of the house is gone or covered. On the inside it included replacing all the orginal doors but two with hollow cores. But it is not all bad they updated all the systems and had not replaced the windows so we have a nice livable place that we just want to try to bring back some orginal charm too. Our first project is restoring the windows. All of them were painted shut, no detail showing on the trim, broken panes, and sash cords. I have the first two out and stripped, got a piece of old glass to replace the broken pane, repaired the loose joints, and now just have to get the glass back in and glazed and the wood painted/finished....which is why I am back here learning. The original finish on the inside looks to be shellac and the outsides were painted black so that is what I am thinking of doing. Bad time to be doing it but half the one pane fell out on the floor so here we are with the cold weath starting and two sashes out. So at anyrate hello and thanks for what I have already learned and what I am still to learn