Month: August 2013

The Under-appreciated Historic Outbuilding

By Scott Sidler • August 26, 2013

The following is a guest post by my friend Jo-Anne Peck of Historic Shed in Brooksville, FL. Her company specializes in designing and building historic sheds, garages, and cottages. A couple of months ago, my company presented a project proposal […]

The Replacement Generation

By Scott Sidler • August 19, 2013

Old Bent Nails

In my grandfather’s garage there was a shelf above an old carpenter’s table that was full of mason jars. Each jar had different types of fasteners. Nuts, bolts, machine screws, washers, nails of every size. Anything you could possibly need […]

All About Polyurethane

By Scott Sidler • August 12, 2013

Polyurethane Heart Pine

If you have hardwood floors in your old house, the chances are good that they are coated with a protective layer of polyurethane. Today, polyurethane is by far the most popular finish choice for wood floors. Here’s what you need […]

Lead Paint: The Whole Story

By Scott Sidler • August 5, 2013


Lead paint and lead poisoning, as it pertains to old houses, have long been a lightning rod of controversy. Some people even refuse to own an old home due to fears of lead paint. But lead paint may not be […]