Dip Stripping Windows: Don’t Do It!

Dip stripped windows

One of my first large scale window restoration jobs was to fully restore all 38 sashes on a 1950s Colonial Revival. I had restored close to 100 old windows by the time this job came around and had gotten pretty good. My glazing putty had nice clean corners and I had developed a pretty good process with my small team. This job was a big one for us and it had a time crunch to boot. The thick […] Read on →

How To: Install Spring Bronze Weatherstripping

Spring Bronze weatherstripping

To allay your concerns that old doors and old windows can’t be energy-efficient I wanted to make sure we covered how to install weatherstripping on these openings. Weatherstripping has changed a lot over the years. Today it is usually foam, vinyl, or felt peel and stick weatherstripping, but there is an old school way of weatherstripping that will last well over 100 years and be just as effective, if not more, than today’s methods. Spring bronze weatherstripping, while […] Read on →

Transforming an Old Garage Into a Tiny House (Part 3)

cozy kitchenette

For the last couple weeks I have been sharing the nuts and bolts of how we turned a 1920s detached garage into a tiny house, a tiny guest house to be exact. Today, I want to share all the detail work we did to really make the house fit that vintage 1920s feel we were going for. After all, what’s the point of having a 1929 Bungalow if your tiny guest house looks like something off the shelf […] Read on →

Why Does My Old House Have Two Front Doors?

Photo credit Scott Sidler

Lots of old homes have the mysterious second front door. Some were added in renovations over the years, but others are original. The explanations for these original double doors are all over the map. Many folks finally give up hope of finding an answer to this architectural mystery, but I have some ideas for you. If your old house has two front doors there are a number of reasons. Depending on your home’s style, age, location and size […] Read on →

How To: Restore an Antique Door

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This is a Guest Post by Mike Zook. Mike has been writing about home improvement topics for many years. Click here to find out more about door retrofitting. As anyone who’s ever owned or loved an antique home knows, their beauty and uniqueness are only exceeded by one thing – the number of problems that need to be fixed. This can be tough and costly enough in a modern home, but at least you know there’s probably an […] Read on →

“Dead as a Doornail”

Doornail

Just a little fun mid-week post about something I’ve been thinking about. Who hasn’t used the phrase “Dead as a doornail” at some point in their life? And how many of us actually know where the term comes from? That’s what I thought. Well, as it turns out we may have medieval carpenters to thank for the phrase. Dead as a doornail goes back to the 14th century when doornails were as common as…well…doors. In the days before […] Read on →