Month: February 2014

How To Remove a Popcorn Ceiling (and keep your sanity!)

By Scott Sidler | February 24, 2014

how to remove a popcorn ceiling

Popcorn ceilings came to prominence in the 1950s and 1960s and were a very popular ceiling treatment in homes across America. They became popular because of their inexpensive price tag and ability hide most ceiling imperfections. Rather than applying 3 […]

5 Types of Dormers

By Scott Sidler | February 17, 2014


Dormers are like the eyes of a house. Resting on rooftops, they add headroom and light to upper stories and add interest to an otherwise plain roofline. I remember spending the first spring in our little bungalow sitting on the […]

Drinking the Ocean: A Preservationist’s Job

By Scott Sidler | February 10, 2014

Have you ever tried to drink the ocean? I’d venture to say no, as if it was even remotely possible. I’m not sure, but I think it would probably kill you to drink too much salt water anyway. And what […]

How To: Build Historic Lattice

By Scott Sidler | February 3, 2014

Historic Lattice

Lattice was a very common thing on old houses. Not just for flowering backyard trellises, but to protect foundations from critters, varmints and the neighbor’s nosing cat. Just because lattice performs a valuable function keeping your crawl space free of […]