Who are we?

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Re: Who are we?

Postby rlkillion on Sat Nov 27, 2010 3:39 am

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
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Re: Who are we?

Postby Civil War Seamstress on Tue Dec 14, 2010 9:35 pm

welcome on board Bob and post a picture of the house, we'd love to see it and see all that super potential!!
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Re: Who are we?

Postby lupinfarm on Wed Dec 15, 2010 8:55 pm

Hi...I am an oldie at 51 and I am a miniature labradoodle breeder, My husband is a an " On demand specialist" working in the
finiancial sector he is 55 and is on 24 hour call out ( still).
I have two kids. Kevin 15 and Steph 21, at uni doing english.
I also have 5 dogs, 8 cats a pony, 9 chickens and 5 ducks .
My hubby and I bought our neglected 1870s/1850s brick and wood victorian 3 years ago.
We live in Ontario Canada, Love crafts, renovating ( but the budget is never big enough) and running my hobby farm.
Long term plans ( after house reno/restoration) would be to build some bunkies and operate a " bed and bale " business.
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putting the 18 back in my 1872 Victorian farmhouse.
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Re: Who are we?

Postby Doc&BB on Mon Dec 20, 2010 12:17 am

We are both educators in our 50s. Doc creates and designs public schools and is an adjunct university professor. BB is director of instruction. Three grown sons, each with a wife, a good job and a daughter. So, those three granddaughters get prettier and are victims of our spoiling. We bought this house last year and love it. Lot of history here. The house took three years to build. It's an 1897 Queen Anne Victorian that needed no restoring when we moved in. Haven't had any problems yet. We like the lifestyle the house provides because it's a peaceful place just to relax and enjoy the day. New on this site and glad we found a place where we can learn from others.
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Doc & BB (grandparents)
1897 Victorian in Texas
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Re: Who are we?

Postby artfox on Mon Dec 20, 2010 6:58 pm

Welcome, fellow Texans! Where are you located?
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Re: Who are we?

Postby pqtex on Mon Dec 20, 2010 10:28 pm

Welcome from another Texan. I'm going to guess north Texas: Bonham, McKinney, Whitewright, Dennison or thereabouts?
My great-grandparents' 1913 farmhouse

Too bad the spam got so bad. Some of us have been spending time at the new community for folks with a love of old houses at wavyglass.org
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Re: Who are we?

Postby shizzy on Tue Dec 21, 2010 10:11 pm

Hi folks, my name is Sean and I was born, raised and still live in Minneapolis. My wife was born in Poland and immigrated to the U.S. with her parents as a young child.

we purchased our 1930 Tudor back in October. We were married a year and a half ago and this is our first home. I was very pleased when I found out that she really didnt want a "fancy new" house and always told me she wanted me to buy her one of those "Elf houses" when we would go for walks around the neighborhood. In this area Tudor houses command mor money then the more common 50's Rambler so I was a little worried.

Our house is a duplex and was purchased so we can move my Mother in law who has MS in to the lower unit so we are better able to care for her. She gets along quite well, but still needs help on occasion. I do believe the block our house sits on is special due to the fact that every house on this side is a duplex Tudor. They are all styled to not really look like your standard duplex.

the house is in pretty good shape with no major work "needed" but plans for correcting damage and "improper updates" are in the plan. both of us love and enjoy the character of the house and plan to do our best to preserve it.

sorry for the bad winter pic. And yes, the aluminum screen door will be replaced with a proper wood unit.

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Re: Who are we?

Postby Doc&BB on Tue Dec 21, 2010 11:12 pm

pqtex & artfox
North Texas, Denton.
Doc & BB (grandparents)
1897 Victorian in Texas
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Re: Who are we?

Postby Gelfie on Thu Jan 27, 2011 1:26 pm

Hi everyone! I am Gina and I am married to Chris. We live in Belleville IL with our 4 kids-all older. We own a Folk Victorian built in 1890ish that has been stripped of anything that was once awesome. We can't even figure out what the original floor plan used to be. We have a lot of research ahead of us.

I have been here for years, but I have never posted. You folks are a WEALTH of wonderful knowledge! I hope to have a picture or two for you. Mostly horrifying stuff-like That 70's remodel. The aluminum siding. The boarded up window in the living room that they didn't bother taking out the window and just dry walled over. I have a large rectangular indent in my living room from the bowed in drywall. I have plastic drawers in my kitchen cabinets. They are made of plastic!

More to come.
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Re: Who are we?

Postby Lynners on Thu Jan 27, 2011 1:44 pm

Oooh. I didn't know this thread was here until now.

*Waves hello*

Hi! I'm Ashley. I've just bought my first home with my boyfriend, Mike and my crazy dog Tahsis. I'm originally from Vancouver Island, BC but moved to Guelph, ON to complete my BSc. Since then I moved to Barrie, and we purchased our home which is on the rural outskirts of the wee village of Minesing. Our home is a 1900-ish Victorian with elements of a bit of everything, it seems. Gothic roof pitch, Italianate brick work over ONE window, stick/Eastlake wood work, etc, etc.

More and more everyday, as I'm dealing with my "everything should be modernized" boyfriend, I realize I'm exactly like my mom. I love antique-y things, cast iron, old fancy woodwork.

Our home will be a work in progress for a looooooong time, and I'm sure everyone here will tell me that's exactly how it should be :)
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