Restoring a 1915 Colonial Revival house

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Walter & Jeanne Schwartz said:   April 16, 2013 11:45 am PST
You have done such a great job of revealing the resources of the early 20th century home builder and home owner. I had no idea that so many of my homes parts may be standard! Thank you for sharing it. We have a 1907 Colonial Revival house in San Mateo, CA. What makes it special is that it's rooms are nearly unmodified (bath and kitchen included) yet it has always been well maintained.

Camille Fruge said:   February 20, 2013 5:24 pm PST
I am so glad I stumbled on your site. I inherited a beautiful 1919 Colonial Revival house in Longmont, Colorado. My mother was a renovator so much I my work is already done, however, she loved wallpaper! She had impecable taste but the wallpaper has to go! I am looking to be inspired by paint colors from the past!

Toni B said:   February 4, 2013 8:01 am PST
I am loving your entire site. My husband and I are in the process of buying a 1919 colonial revivial. We want to restore as much as possible and you have given me lots of info and inspiration. Thank you

Louis said:   December 17, 2012 6:12 am PST
Great looking house. So very different to what we have in England, but I am taking inspiration from your site and many of the ideas and methods will transfer, though we cannot get exactly the same products, I will try to match them ;-)

Rachel said:   September 19, 2012 7:58 pm PST
love the post on refinishing the doors. We live in a 1932 Tudor and recently did a basement renovation. I wanted the doors to match the rest of the two panel birch/pine doors in the house so we went to an architectural salvage shop. I found the doors I needed, but they were in rough shape. We stripped and refinished them with shellac using the padding method. I am completely in love with shellac now :) Your doors turned out so well, I love the glass knobs too.

JB said:   August 3, 2012 6:05 am PST
Your home is beautiful. Thanks for all the great tutorials, will definitely stop by again for information and to see your home progress. Keep Sharing!

Sandy S. said:   July 23, 2012 9:42 am PST
I love what you're doing with this beautiful old property and home. My boyfriend and I just purchased a 1908 Colonial Revival home in Cincinnati, Ohio. I'll be looking forward to seeing your continued updates as we begin work on our own home.

Ramonda bickel said:   June 12, 2012 7:02 am PST
I love Colonial Revival homes! I just stumbled onto your site & love what you're doing!! There is a Colonial Revival home in Ft. Wayne IN. that we pass on our way to our daughters home. I'd LOVE to get my hands on it! Sad thing is, it's just sitting there & no one is doing anything to it!

Alix said:   May 23, 2012 7:21 am PST
Thanks for sharing your renovations. I admire your dedication to keeping everything period appropriate. My fiance and I just bought a Colonial Revival home in Pennsylvania. We're excited to renovate it to its former glory, though it may take years to complete.

Mary Stewart said:   May 17, 2012 12:23 pm PST
Your blog is great. I just stumbled upon it and I just love it. I grew up in Catonsville, but all through my high school years, my best friend lived 516 Old Orchard, and I spent many, many a day and night at her house. I, however, just recently purchased 509 N. Chapel Gate, so now I am your neighbor, and I would love to find out the history of my house... as it is surely one of the old Ten Hills Beauties too.

Jessica said:   April 22, 2012 5:18 pm PST
I am loving hearing about your renovation! I grew up at 502 Stamford Rd. Our house hadn't been lived in for years when we bought it but fortunately most of the neglect was to the yard. We had the original kitchen and bathrooms and they were in relatively good condition and all of the woodwork was unpainted. I loved that house and love the neighborhood. You should be proud of all of your hard work!

Dave Scott said:   April 17, 2012 5:07 pm PST
Looks awesome! You do great work. If you every run out of projects, you can come to my house!

Laurel said:   April 15, 2012 5:53 pm PST
Just discovered your blog. Love to see that someone else is going through all the hard work of renovating an old house. We just finished pulling up old tile (hours and hours on our hands and knees with a heat gun), but the 112 year old floors beneath is are magnificent. Thanks for sharing your adventures! http://www.sopocottage.com/2012/04/from-shabby-to-shiny-floor-refinishing.html Laurel

Tom R said:   March 25, 2012 12:15 pm PST
Thank you for the great collection of catalogs! I have a four square kit house from 1915 and just spent WAY too long reading your site! :-)

Diana said:   March 15, 2012 5:12 am PST
Thanks for showing such fantastic and realistic pictures. Too often, there is a before picture and an after picture, with nothing to show the hard work that went in between. My husband and I are looking to buy an older house, and your site is a wonderful inspiration!

Wendy @ Old Town Home said:   March 10, 2012 9:12 am PST
I LOVE your house, especially the beautiful staircase. I hope work on the bathroom is going well and can't wait to read more about it. :-)

Wendy @Old Town Home said:   February 5, 2012 5:52 am PST
I am seriously loving the updates on the pink bathroom. We had some 1980s doozies in our house, but this room is amazing. Wouldn't you love to go back in time and ask the renovators, "What were you thinking???" :-)

Diana said:   January 24, 2012 9:27 am PST
What a great house in the making! Good luck to you in the process. Love the exterior of the home.

Lorraine said:   January 5, 2012 11:35 am PST
I just stumbled across your site and am enjoying reading it! My husband and I bought a 1911 colonial revival in Lancaster, PA and moved in four months ago. We waver between delight in our treasure and terror that we will never be able to get it together. Hoping to use your site for inspiration - thanks so much!!

Laurell Dockall said:   October 7, 2011 8:08 pm PST
I am very impressed with your work. The 1871 home I lived in as an adolescent took 11 years of do it yourself Renovation. Your site is great. The artifacts section was very interesting My husband is an archeologist and puts up with my never ending search for a home like yours. It ts only a pipe dream but I am living vicariously through you. Good luck,take your time. Your work will live on for future generations. Make sure you stash a newspaper,coins and write your names and dates in as many walls as possible. A future owner will delight in uncovering these treasures.

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