Month: December 2011

Merry Christmas

By Scott Sidler • December 22, 2011

I had planned to come up with something clever this year like a Christmas song with the lyrics re-written to apply to historic homes or a fun poem or maybe even do an old house list of the 12 days […]

5 Worst Mistakes of Historic Homeowners (Part 3 Siding)

By Scott Sidler • December 20, 2011

5 worst mistakes historic homeowners siding

No Maintenance. These two words scare the heck out of me when it comes to home improvement products, especially when it pertains to historic homes. So, let’s dispel a myth… There is no such thing as a “No Maintenance” product […]

5 Worst Mistakes of Historic Homeowners (Part 2 Floors)

By Scott Sidler • December 13, 2011

5 worst mistakes historic homeowners floors

Living here in the Sunshine State, it seems that folks have an unusual penchant for $0.69 sq. ft. 20″ tiles. The most popular colors are blah, boring, and blech. People love to toss these tiles down over red oak, irreplaceable […]

Historic, Efficient (or both)?

By Scott Sidler • December 8, 2011

  “How much energy efficiency is enough when it comes to historic buildings?” This a very contentious question right now in preservation and building circles. So, I’ll give you my point of view and you can make your own decision. […]

5 Worst Mistakes of Historic Homeowners (Part 1 Windows)

By Scott Sidler • December 6, 2011

5 worst mistakes historic homeowners windows

Being in the business of restoring and preserving historic structures, I have seen many a house that made me cock my head in amazement at some of the frightening things people do to “upgrade” their old homes. The phrase “What […]

Lake Formosa Historic Neighborhood

By Scott Sidler • December 1, 2011

History So far we’ve talked about the Orlando neighborhoods that have been officially designated as historical districts, but there are plenty of neighborhoods in the metro area that are historic in nature, but not officially designated as such. This week […]