Month: July 2014

Empty Stairs, Missing History

By Scott Sidler | July 28, 2014

Empty stairs

All around my town there are remnants of our history hiding in broad daylight. Hints of the past that are overlooked by almost all of us. Too small to be of much consequence anymore they are simply place markers to […]

Ask The Craftsman: How to Make Paint Go Further

By Scott Sidler | July 24, 2014

Floetrol

This week’s question comes from Gina. “Is there anything I can add to paint to make it go further?” Good question Gina! There’s nothing worse than coming up just short of the amount of paint you need and having to […]

3 Reasons I Chose Indow Windows (and so should you!)

By Scott Sidler | July 21, 2014

Indow Windows

You know that I’m not a big promoter of new products here, but every once in a while someone comes up with a product or technique that makes it easier and cheaper to save old houses. And when that happens […]

Ask The Craftsman: What’s the Best Finish For Wood Floors?

By Scott Sidler | July 17, 2014

How to fix creaky wood floors

We’ve got another great question this week from Richard in Pompano Beach, FL “What’s the best finish for the wood floors on my 1924 Bungalow?” Richard, the gold standard for refinishing wood floors today is 3 coats of oil-based polyurethane. […]

Replacement Windows: The Real Story

By Scott Sidler | July 14, 2014

Replacement windows

If you own an old house you are the prime demographic for the replacement windows industry. They would love to convince you to remove all your home’s original windows and replace them with new energy efficient windows. I can hear […]

Ask the Craftsman: Which Paint is Best For Wood Windows?

By Scott Sidler | July 10, 2014

wood windows

This week’s question comes from Dave in Minneapolis, MN. Dave, before you paint anything I recommend priming your wood windows with a good oil-based primer. You can read more about primers here. Once you’ve primed you’re ready to pick a […]

The Bungalow: America’s Home

By Scott Sidler | July 7, 2014

Bungalow

Ever since it burst on the scene the bungalow has been an immensely popular style of architecture. You won’t find it listed in many books on architecture though because it is not a true architectural style like the Colonial Revival, Queen […]