Restoring a 1915 Colonial Revival house


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Desri said:   November 8, 2015 4:40 am PST
Love your website. We have a 1906 American Foursquare that we are restoring. I would love to know your process for repairing plaster and stripping paint. I haven't found that yet. That is what we are currently working on. Your finished rooms look beautiful. Our home housed servants for its original owners. Have you run across any examples of wiring for the bells. I'll take some pics and post to our home blog. We loved your article about servants. It's very interesting. Our back stair case is intact.

Charlene said:   November 7, 2015 1:16 pm PST
Thank you for so generously creating this website. It enables many to share your adventure as you gently nurture this grand old house back from its state of neglect. As a native of Catonsville, MD it is doubly inspiring to be your guest here. A few of the children from Ten Hills were my high school classmates in the 1960s. Bravo. Keep up the hard work.

Elisa Forshey said:   June 8, 2015 5:20 pm PST
I am SO glad to have found your site! We are purchasing a 1925 Colonial Revival house in Virginia. The layout is almost identical to yours, although with the third story. I am waiting with baited breath for continuing updates! We plan to do the same slow process of restoring the house to it's original condition/style, although ours is already in MUCH better shape. Lucky for us! I'm particularly fascinated by the bathrooms and kitchen reno... Can't wait to see the finished product!

Laura H. said:   January 11, 2015 4:45 am PST
Hi, We live about five minutes away in Catonsville and are going to add on to and restore our *small 1937 home. Thank you for your ideas, and your neighborhood is beautiful.

Kelvin said:   October 15, 2014 5:34 pm PST
Hello, I stumbled upon your website and I'm glad I did. I have a 1916 (possibly completed 1915) American Four Square in Trenton, NJ that I'm renovating. And like you, I'm doing the work on my own. From your website, I was able to find the style-name of my bathroom sink (Narova Plate) as well as the style-name of my radiators (Peerless). Thanks for sharing. We have regular house tours in my neighborhood and it'll be nice to share this information the next time my home is open. I also shared your website with a neighbor.

Alissa Burden said:   October 3, 2014 12:53 pm PST
Your home is so cute. Colonial Revivals are my favorite style of homes and you've restored yours so well. Thank you for sharing.

Bonnie Brownell said:   September 28, 2014 8:01 am PST
I have a 1911 Colonial Revival in Washington, DC very much like yours. The shutters were taken off and are in the rafters on the garage. I wondered what they would look like back on the house and now I know thanks to your pictures. Thank you for sharing all of your hard work in such a useful manner.

Al Lewis said:   June 23, 2014 7:30 am PST
WOW i LOVE your site. My god parents lived on Nottingham Rd (522) from the early 1970s to the mid 1980s. as a kid i always enjoyed visiting there. Their house was similar in layout and was built in 1924. Thank you for sharing and i enjoy seeing all the photos and stories, especially the artifact page too. Good Luck. Beautiful home and community. I still love driving thru Ten Hills occasionally and admiring the old world charm homes there.

Bill Bulman said:   February 9, 2014 8:45 am PST
We just moved into a 1923 Colonial Revival last November. Oh boy do I have a lot of projects from K&T wiring replacement, to refinishing some of arts and crafts mill work common to the period.

Bryan said:   February 7, 2014 2:06 pm PST
Thank you so very much simply for having this web site. Just a quick breeze-through has shown me that you have already answered so many of the questions I am having.

Wendy said:   August 30, 2013 1:07 pm PST
Hi Tom and Jada, Just checking in to say I hope all is going well with you and your renovation! (As you know, our bathroom still isn't done.) It seems the project list for an old home is never ending! :-)

UUDC Steve said:   August 28, 2013 5:20 pm PST
Thanks for the info on Rococo in “1913 American Radiator Co. catalog”. My circa 1910 DC Capitol Hill rowhouse has them. Your stairs are almost identical to mine — especially the box newels, rounded first step, and the finial under the 2nd floor newel. My bathroom was pink, too. It’s a smaller world than in 1915 thanks to the net. Good luck to ya, hon:-)

Andrew said:   August 15, 2013 7:49 am PST
We are in the process of purchasing a 1900 Colonial Revival in Delaware. It is in need of several repairs, many of which I see that you have made to your home. Thanks for a great resource, and I will be keeping up with you in the future.

Leslie said:   July 27, 2013 2:34 pm PST
Working on a 1906 Colonial Revival in the GE Realty Plot Historic District in Schenectady, New York. We didn't think it was in bad shape until we started working on it.. we all know how THAT goes. Thanks for the information!

MARGARET POWERS said:   July 6, 2013 5:12 am PST
I found your page while hunting for bathroom tile ideas for a home built around 1910. We are restoring/renovating a Victorian in the Museum District of Richmond, VA. I have a blog too! It's such fun reading about someone's trials and experiences. We sold the home where we raised our three kids, moved into a tiny townhouse and hired a contractor to knock it out in 6-8 months. It's a complete gut project, to the studs in every room. I am looking forward to updates on your project! Here's a look at our house: I would love to take a ride up to see your place sometime. (We have a son at USNA.)

Carla DeVries said:   June 23, 2013 8:57 pm PST
We are purchasing a 1915 house located in Hoxie, Kansas. I am so excited! Thank you for sharing your journey. It helps to hear from others who have done this. I only wish our home were as large as yours.

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 ;-)

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