Month: February 2013

How To: Cope & Install Trim Like a Pro

By Scott Sidler • February 25, 2013

Installing trim properly requires an eye for detail and a few specific tools and techniques. The best historic trim and moldings were installed in a seamless way called “coping” that hides joints while still allowing for the house to move […]

Mission Style

By Scott Sidler • February 19, 2013

In areas of the country like Florida, Texas, California, and other southwestern states, the Mission style (sometimes called Spanish Eclectic style) was hugely popular in the early 20th century. This style was gaining in popularity early on and after being […]

Dismantling History

By Scott Sidler • February 11, 2013

Last week I helped my friends at Florida Victorian Architectural Antiques with the salvage of four early 20th century homes on the banks of Lake Eola here in Orlando, FL. We were busy removing any parts of the home that […]

How To: Repair Plaster Walls

By Scott Sidler • February 4, 2013

Plaster walls are some of the most misunderstood parts of an old home. And many homeowners are quick to tear them down and put up drywall. But replacing plaster walls with drywall is not only a major mess and expense, […]

What is a First Rung Neighborhood?

By Scott Sidler • February 1, 2013

Occasionally, I use terms on this blog some of my readers may not understand. I recently mentioned “first-rung” neighborhoods in a post and got some comments about what on earth they were. So, for everyone else who didn’t know but […]