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The Right Countertops For an Old House

By Scott Sidler • July 22, 2019

The right countertops for an old house

There are so many different kinds of countertops on the market today and I often get asked what an appropriate style for is for an old house. Historic kitchens were nothing like they are today and the idea of built-in […]

The Disposable House

By Scott Sidler • July 15, 2019

The disposable house

Do you remember when we used to make enduring things in this country? Solid, well-built things that would last for generations. I was too young to grow up in a time before plastics, solidly in the midst of the Replacement […]

How To: Save America’s Windows

By Scott Sidler • July 8, 2019

how to save america's windows

I’ve got an idea that might just save America’s Windows! Stick with me and hear me out because it involves you. Historic preservation is a tough business. I think any business that has societal value is tougher than ones that […]

Should You Keep Your Original Windows?

By Scott Sidler • July 1, 2019

Should you keep your original windows

You’ve got an old house. You’ve got old windows. You love them. You hate them. But should you keep your original windows? That’s the question that so many homeowners are faced with. With the push toward green building and energy […]

Why is Silicone Caulk Bad For Wood?

By Scott Sidler • June 24, 2019

why is silicone caulk bad for wood

I get a lot of comments from people wondering why I don’t use silicone caulk on things like leaky wood windows or doors. Silicone seems to be the savior of the caulk aficionado. The creme de la creme of the […]

Bringing Old Hardware Back to Life

By Scott Sidler • June 17, 2019

bringing old hardware back to life

Nothing beats the solid bronze and brass window hardware you typically find on old houses. And the patina of antique bronze? Get outta here! It is solid stuff that can stand the test of time much better than the cheap […]

How To: Restore a Wood Deck

By Scott Sidler • June 10, 2019

When the weather turns warm we all want to go outside and enjoy it, and having a deck is a great way to do that. Like anything outdoors, a wood deck needs regular care and maintenance to look its best […]

Picking the Right Dust Mask

By Scott Sidler • June 3, 2019

Whether you’re a DIYer or a professional renovator you need to protect your lungs from the assorted stuff floating around the air as you work and picking the right dust mask is extremely important. Some of these airborne meanies are […]