Restoring a 1915 Colonial Revival house


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Melvin said:   September 22, 2011 5:39 pm PST
Bootiful house. I have a 4 bedroom from the same period about 100 meters from the cliffs over Lake Erie. Mine is such a mess a raccoon the size of a dog was living in it when I got it. He will not fetch my slippers. I was looking for an example to work from and I came across yours. Thanks much. I wonder if I can add colors for trim like they do in the old San Fran houses after I fix lots of other stuff. Cheers.

Nancy Smith said:   August 18, 2011 4:50 pm PST
We live in Hunting Ridge the neighborhood next to Ten Hills and we have rehab our home since 1990, one room at a time to bring it back. I love hearing what you are doing but I admire you for doing it the "right" way and taking your time. No it is not easy but is so rewarding when completed. If you have any questions about wood, my husband is a master craftsman and would be happy to give advice if needed. Keep up the good work I love your site.

Amy H. said:   August 4, 2011 5:48 am PST
Your home is beautiful - it looks like it could be on a Christmas Card! Amazing!!! We are looking to buy a 1920's Colonial Revival that needs a lot of work and you all provide some great tips and links. Thank you!

Leigh said:   July 28, 2011 5:22 am PST
Congratulations on respecting the spirit of your house. We just bought a 1915 prairie style house, which hasn't had more than kitchen updates and has many of the features of your house. We hope to follow your example--keep up the good work!

Eternity said:   July 17, 2011 8:44 am PST
Creeatd the greatest articles, you have.

Lisa Everingham said:   June 15, 2011 6:55 pm PST
Hi We just bought a 1917 Colonial revival in Cincinnati. I am looking forward to seeing all your "after" photos to help me get ideas. I have learned so much about the history of my home just by reading your site! Keep posting!

Jen said:   June 11, 2011 10:31 am PST
Thanks for sharing! My husband and I are buying a 1870 colonial home right in the heart of the city where we currently live. I am researching renovating/updating ideas and this was very helpful. I think we will also do a blog of our updating as well. Thanks!

Karen said:   March 8, 2011 7:23 pm PST
Great website!! I am finishing up on a 1904 Victorian with maple flooring. Your site has helped me with color choices. Great to see the house being cared for.

Jess said:   January 23, 2011 8:46 pm PST
Your site has made me feel so much better! We are in contract to purchase a 1919 colonial in New Rochelle, NY that needs an incredible amount of work.As it turns out TLC is the work needed as most of the original home is still in tact. Seeing how you made the house into mini-projects is really encouraging. I will surely be referring to this website for both ideas and to draw strength from when the demolition begins!

Missy said:   December 27, 2010 10:00 pm PST
My husband and I recently bought a 1908 "fixer upper" Colonial Revival (Georgian) where we live in NJ (where a fixer upper is still $275/sq ft) with dreams to restore it to its original gradure. Luckily, there isn't too much "remuddling" to undo! Keep up the good work!

Courtney Gray said:   December 21, 2010 1:09 pm PST
I love your website and your dedication! We just purchased a 1919 colonial in Cleveland, OH and are restoring it to its former glory. We find lots of treasures in our demolition as well! I discovered that some of those Barber dimes are worth a lot! Also, you get to peek at those who lived in the home and what was going on in the neighborhood throughout time! Good work and Good Luck!

KC said:   December 21, 2010 3:03 am PST
I really enjoy your website! The history you have found in and around your home is awesome! After viewing your site, I'm even more excited about getting my own historical home!!

Linda said:   December 20, 2010 5:56 pm PST
Thanks for sharing your home with's always fun to see someone else's work. I wonder if your basement wooden box would have been used for offseason storage of screens/storms? I especially enjoyed browsing the building materials catalog and I've bookmarked that part for future reference.

Amanda said:   December 14, 2010 10:20 am PST
I love your website! My husband and I recently purchased a century home as 1870 farmhouse. We are doing something similar by recording our renovations on a blog. I am impressed with how faithful you are being in your restorations. I will be checking back to see your progress. You have a beautiful home!

Krikit said:   November 1, 2010 5:26 am PST
Your home is amazing. So much potential! I am from Canada, but spent last weekend in Northern New York. I love older Colonial homes. Can't wait to see more.

Pat McFadden said:   October 22, 2010 11:23 am PST
What an inspiration to you & Tom for taking upon this project of love. For young people to display so much appreciation and pride into this beautiful historic home warms my heart and soul. This home will provide you a place of peace and tranquility based upon your love, caring and support and also the love of family and friends.

Heather said:   October 13, 2010 7:06 pm PST
Love the stuff. We have a home of circa 1915 in PA...and suspect there was domestic staff based on a lot of the things you mention, but after reading your information, I am ready to hunt for more clues.

Jeff & Emily said:   October 13, 2010 4:25 am PST
We just bought a 1935 Colonial Revival and are starting to tackle small projects. The previous owners had done similar modernization with additions and remodels in the 50s and again in the 80s, so we're up against much the same problems you're having (particular the military-grade adhesive). We plan on restoring the original look and feel of the house to the 1930s. Right now we're gutting our bathroom (walls, baseboards, and subfloor is rotten) and hoping to take about 80 years off its look. Any idea where we can find those old glass doorknobs?

Tracy & Jim Bixler said:   September 27, 2010 7:05 pm PST
So happy to see my husband & I aren't the only crazy people out there! We just purchased an 1826 farmhouse here in PA and are currently renovating. We love looking at the pictures you have posted for ideas, etc. I am going to follow your updates! Best Wishes!!!!

Heidi Hill said:   September 21, 2010 6:10 pm PST
I Love your website! I'm glad I stumbled upon it. We just bought a 1915 home in Oct 2009 and I have been looking around for ideas. I love that you are being true to your home and we would like to do the same with ours. I also love that you give all the details of what you are using and how you are doing something and all the pics. I can't wait to see how your home turns out. Good luck with everything!

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