Month: July 2014

Empty Stairs, Missing History

By Scott Sidler

Empty stairs

All around my town there are remnants of our history hiding in broad daylight. Hints of the past that are overlooked by almost all of us. Too small to be of much consequence anymore, they are simply place markers to […]

Ask The Craftsman: How to Make Paint Go Further

By Scott Sidler


This week’s question comes from Gina. “Is there anything I can add to paint to make it go further?” Good question Gina! There’s nothing worse than coming up just short of the amount of paint you need and having to […]

Replacement Windows: The Real Story

By Scott Sidler

Replacement windows

If you own an old house you are the prime demographic for the replacement windows industry. They would love to convince you to remove all your home’s original windows and replace them with new energy efficient windows. I can hear […]

Ask the Craftsman: Which Paint is Best For Wood Windows?

By Scott Sidler

wood windows

This week’s question comes from Dave in Minneapolis, MN. Dave, before you paint anything I recommend priming your wood windows with a good oil-based primer. You can read more about primers here. Once you’ve primed you’re ready to pick a […]

The Bungalow: America’s Home

By Scott Sidler


Ever since it burst on the scene the bungalow has been an immensely popular style of architecture.¬†You won’t find it listed in many books on architecture though because it is not a true architectural style like the Colonial Revival, Queen […]