Restoring a 1915 Colonial Revival house
Links
Below are links to other old house related sites, including resources for materials, how-to information, and websites from others who have restored old houses. This list will be expanding as time goes on. If you are restoring an old house and would like your site listed here, just e-mail us!

Note: For now, we are only including resources that we have used and that we would recommend to others based on our experiences. We are not affiliated with any of the companies we list below.



Resources

Architectural Salvage in Baltimore and surrounding areas:

Second Chance (Baltimore, MD)
Second Chance, located at 1700 Ridgely St. in Baltimore, consists of a large warehouse that stocks salvaged building materials as well as antique furniture and garden fixtures. Located only a couple of blocks from the Ravens stadium, it is easy to find and parking is usually not a problem.

Housewerks (Baltimore, MD)
Housewerks is another architectural salvage warehouse located only a few blocks from Second Chance. It's convenient to hit up both salvage places on the same day because you never know what you will find or who will have what. Housewerks is a unique experience. It is located at 1415 Bayard St. in Baltimore in a late Victorian styled valve house that was once part of the company that predated Baltimore Gas & Electric. Housewerks specializes in more unusual items that you won't find anywhere else.


Community Forklift (Edmonston, MD - just outside Washington, DC)
Community Forklift is a unique salvage company. They are similar to Second Chance in the fact that they are run by a not-for-profit organization and are committed to saving original building materials from demolition and renovation projects. Community Forklift has a good selection of vintage doors, windows, lighting, plumbing fixtures, radiators, building materials, appliances, you name it. The first time we visited, we didn't find anything we were looking for, but our second visit made up for it. Prices are usually pretty good, too. If you're in the area, we highly recommend a visit here.


Caravati's (Richmond, VA)
Caravati's is one of the original architectural salvage warehouses in the country, over 70 years ago when accurate restoration of older houses (which then would have meant mid 1800s and before!) wasn't a part of most people's idea of a perfect house. Caravati's is another place that we could go and spend all day in. They literally have everything there you could imagine and their inventory spans from the early 1800s through the mid 1900s. Definitely worth a visit if you are in the Mid Atlantic area. They are located at 104 East 2nd Street, Richmond, VA.


Loading Dock (Baltimore, MD)
The Loading Dock is another salvage warehouse in Baltimore. They have some antique and vintage items, but also stock a lot of building surplus such as tile, cabinets, and millwork. This is where we picked up our subway tile for the bathrooms.They are located at 2 North Kresson Street, Baltimore, MD.


Lighting and Electrical

Rejuvenation
Rejuvenation has been around for a while, making accurate and high quality reproductions of light fixtures that range from the mid Victorian era through the 1950s. Rejuvenation also stocks reproductions of some hardware items. We've used them a few times and have been more than pleased with their products and service.

Sundial Wire
Sundial Wire reproduces historically accurate cloth covered wire, perfect for re-wiring light fixtures or replacing power cords on vintage lamps or appliances - cases where the wires are visible and need to be appropriate. Their wire is high quality and looks great.


Plumbing

Signature Hardware
One of the best sources out there for reproduction hardware for clawfoot tubs and vintage style sinks. Signature Hardware stocks a variety of faucets, shower heads, sprayers, shower curtains, along with some reproduction plumbing fixtures. They also stock some items for the kitchen. Signature Hardware is another company we've used with great results.

DEA Bathroom Machineries
DEA Bathroom Machineries has a large selection of antique plumbing fixtures and hard to find parts for antique toilets, sinks, and tubs. We've ordered from them once so far, but plan on doing more business with them in the future.


William J. Theiss & Son

Located at 4251 Harford Road in Baltimore, William J. Theiss and Son plumbing supply stocks many hard to find parts for antique sinks, toilets, tubs, and radiators that all big box stores and even many mom and pop hardware stores will tell you are no longer made or available. They even stock some salvaged plumbing fixtures.They don't have a website, but their phone number is (410)-426-7946.



Hardware and Miscellaneous


Wm. A. Kilian Hardware
Based in Philadelphia, Kilian Hardware has many hard-to-find parts and tools useful in restoring older houses. Some of the items they stock include pushbutton light switches, window sash chain, bronze weatherstripping, various parts for old doors and windows, plumbing and electrical parts, along with items for the home and garden. Lots of great stuff that you can't find at your local mass-produced "big box" stores. We've ordered from Kilian Hardware several times and have always been very pleased with their products and service.

Wood Finishing Enterprises
An excellent source for period wood finishing materials that cannot be found at your local hardware store. Wood Finishing Enterprises stocks shellac flakes, dry hide glue, shellac dyes and burn-in sticks, and just about every other 19th and early 20th century finishing material to restore or re-create an authentic period finish. We've ordered from them numerous times and have had nothing but good experiences.

Constantine's
A good source for veneers and woodworking tools, supplies, and materials.


Van Dyke's Restorers
Another excellent source of reproduction historic house items. Their catalog contains everything from plumbing fixtures to house and furniture hardware. I've done business with Van Dyke's many times and have always been pleased with the quality and service.

Furniture Restoration Center of Oregon
An up and coming supplier of furniture and cabinet hardware, supplies, and materials, particularly for pieces dating from the early 1800s through the 1940s. Many hard to find high quality items and excellent service. Highly recommended!

Tremont Nail Company
Manufacturer of historically accurate cut "square" nails for nearly 200 years. Their nails are high quality and are made on the same machines that were producing nails during the Civil War. An excellent source for historically accurate nails for furniture restoration projects and for those restoring a house built prior to the 1890s, when square nails would have been used in the original construction.


Slate Roofing

Roland Slate Service
After Hurricane Irene, we needed some repairs made to our slate roof. I'll do just about anything else, but this is where I draw the line. Repairing a slate roof takes special tools and knowledge that I don't have. Roland Slate Service was recommended to us and I have to say, they did an excellent job. If you are in the Baltimore area and need repairs made to a slate roof, they are at the top of our list.


Home Restoration Sites

Houselove.org
Ron and Jill Tanner's site chronicling the restoration of their late Victorian Queen Anne style rowhome in Baltimore from a dilapidated former frat house to the crown jewel of their block. They have put together a great site that hopefully one day ours will be a tenth as good as! Their site shows the progress of the work on their house as well as numerous tips and how-to videos. Ron and Jill's accomplishments are a major inspiration for us!

1902victorian.com
Darwin and Kristin created this site showcasing their 1902 transitional folk Victorian house in Alabama. They have many nice pictures and descriptions of the projects they have undertaken and those currently underway.

1915craftsmanbungalow.com
Adam and Jovita's site showcasing the restoration of their 1915 Craftsman style bungalow. They've taken a house that was remuddled in the 1970s and 80s and are returning it to its true style. A great site with lots of pictures!

Blue Century Home
Amanda and James's blog about the restoration/renovation of their 1870s farmhouse.

Crowder House
Alicia's blog on the ongoing restoration of her circa 1865 brick farmhouse in Ontario, Canada.

Colonial Classic
Liz's page is a little different from most of the old house websites we've seen. She has embarked on an effort to find someone to save and restore her childhood home, a beautiful 1914 Colonial Revival with impressive Neoclassical details in New Jersey. We wish her all the luck in the world in her effort and hope someone comes forth and saves this house!

Old Town Home
Alex and Wendy have put together an excellent blog showing the efforts that went into the restoration of their 1880s late Victorian row house in Old Town Alexandria. Their site is updated several times a week and showcases the work they have done on their house along with their interests and tours of other historic homes in their area. We highly recommend visiting their site.