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howlnmad 02-10-2010 01:06 PM

Hello to all
 
Hello, my name is Bill Howell and I live in 100+ year old house with my wife and kids. We are trying to some major repairs with a very limited budget and live in it at the same time. I have learned quite a bit about older homes and pocket walls and knob and tubing electic but I am sure i will be on here asking for a very huge amount of advise. I'd just like to say thanks in advance to all.:)

bungalowbabe 02-10-2010 07:55 PM

Welcome, howlnmad! I'm brand new here myself and I've already discovered a wealth of information and best of all, that people really do like to help one another. (or show how smart they are... in the nicest of ways!)

I hope you treat that old house with love and care and keep everything intact to the best of your ability. I've seen some heartbreakingly awful things done to some beautiful old homes - fantastic Arts and Crafts built-ins ripped out because they wouldn't accommodate a 50 inch flatscreen TV, gorgeous emerald green tiles imprinted with fleur de lis torn out around the fireplace and hearth and replaced with homogenous crap from Home Depot.

I have to wonder why someone would buy a heritage home and make it into a modern cookie cutter replica of the hideous houses being built these days...

A friend of mine owns a 100 year old house and has managed to update it without sacrificing the integrity of the original. He even kept the old light switches and outlets while updating all the wiring. This is not an inexpensive way to go, I realize, but you can only do one room at a time anyway if you're living in the house during this process.

My two bits worth... Hope to see photos when you find your way around!

Cheers,
Holly

the_duke 02-10-2010 09:08 PM

Cheers Mr. Howell! I implore you to use the search button as there is massive information that you can find by researching! I would know, I've been lurking for months reading up.


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