Restoring a 1915 Colonial Revival house


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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 ;-)

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!

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