Old House Restoration Stories & Blogs
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My Perfect Little Money Pit
Rochester, New York
The adventures of restoring a time capsule demonstration house.
Web Site: www.myperfectlittlemoneypit.com
White Stone, Virginia
The Web's first and longest-running houseblog. A Virginia family restores its ancestral home, in their family from 1762 to 1939 and then returned in 1999.
Web Site: http://www.enonhall.com/
Casa Decrepit - The restoration of the Italianate style home is simply amazing and the story reads better than any Reality TV Show. Catch up with this quick restoration and follow the journey before it is finished.
Web Site: casadecrepit.com/
Eureka Redwood Victorian
Our House - An 1890's one and a half story with cross gable dormers - All redwood construction - walls, floor, & ceilings. This is a restoration project.
Web Site: www.eurekavic.blogspot.com
Vernacular Italianate in the Wine Country
A vernacular Italianate in downtown Healdsburg California that has not been lived in for 60 years.
Not one single piece of this 4000 sq foot home does not need to be redone. Most folks think we are out of our minds as we tackle this monster ourselves.
Web Site: www.227northstreet.com/
Los Angeles, California
Rebuilding a 1909 bungalow from the ground up.
Web Site: http://goodinsfolly.blogspot.com/
Monte Rio, California
Originally the one-room schoolhouse for Monte Rio, CA, Sheridan School was decommissioned in 1942 and had fallen into significant disrepair when we bought it in 2009.
Web Site: http://rrschoolhouse.wordpress.com
Restoring a Queen Anne Cottage in Oakland
A 1600 sqft house that still retains some of its original work that we hope will re-emerge during our renovations.
Web Site: http://victorian1898.blogspot.com/
Canon City, Colorado
Come check out my blog about all things houses - including my own old house!
Web Site: http://www.house-crazy.com/
This fabulous old estate on a lake was built in 1853 by the Governor of Connecticut. Its brick and stucco construction includes a four-story octagonal turret. It was in one family for 158 years until we bought it in March 2011 and began to restore it.
Web Site: http://www.bringingbackholleywood.com/
Enos Kellogg Homestead
A sporadic recounting of our efforts to restore a c.1784 New England saltbox in Norwalk, Connecticut.
Web Site: http://enoskellogghouse.blogspot.com/
The James Warner House
Rocky Hill, Connecticut
A newlywed, first time home buyer couple purchases a circa 1760 colonial in New England. This blog follows their adventures during their home ownership. An honest look at buying, owning, repairing and dealing with a 250 year old home.
Rehab in Progress
Taking an old Chicago Bungalow from a beat up sad space and returning it to something of beauty.
Web Site: http://www.TwoStudsandAHammer.com
Morton Grove, Illinois
A blog about renovating, restoring and remodeling a classic 1929 Chicago-style bungalow, inside and out.
Web Site: http://bungalowchronicles.com
Historic Edwards Place, c. 1857
Historic Edwards Place was built in 1833 and enlarged in 1857. The Springfield Art Association is undertaking a full-scale interior restoration to its c. 1860 appearance.
The Old Mellicker Place
Iowa City, Iowa
Tales of joy and woe in the process of restoring a 1905 Four-Square.
Web Site: 225nlucas.blogspot.com
The House at Sugar Creek
Sugar Creek, Louisiana
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to completely restore an old abandoned home? Well that's exactly what we're doing with this late 1800's Louisiana dog-trot. Follow us from the very beginning until she's move-in ready.
Web Site: www.jackie-lewis.blogspot.com
Restoring a rugged Maine cabin
A falling-down log cabin in a historic village of Maine gets new life at the hands of serial remodelers - but this could just be our forever home. Verging on tiny house (590 sq feet), we incorporate modern design and vintage components to give an old cabin a twist.
Web Site: https://cedarandgranite.wordpress.com/
Daniel Dole House
A large, classic Georgian colonial, the Daniel Dole house is a two storied gambrel house with a central hall plan.
South Portland, Maine
We have a passion for restoring old homes. We've done it many times in our own homes, but now we want to see if we can make it a business. Our first project - a 1900 Victorian in Maine. Check out or blog to share our adventure!
Web Site: http://sopocottage.blogspot.com/
Streetcar Suburb Colonial Revival
The ongoing story of the slow process of conducting a period-appropriate restoration a mid/late 1910s Georgian Colonial Revival in Baltimore's "Streetcar Suburb" of Ten Hills.
Modern Life in an Antique Farmhouse
Part love story, part nightmare. My blog tells it like it is, life amidst major renovation. We are a family of five who bought an antique farmhouse in a small town. This has been quite the undertaking and most likely will continue to be for years to come. We are happy to share our trials with you and hope this site brings you a few laughs.
Web Site: http://antiquefarmhouse.blogspot.com
Through the Wavy Glass
Trying to preserve historic Flint, Mich. I bought this 1923 Colonial Revival in the fall of 2013. The blog documents the adventure of living in a restoration and preservation project. I would like to help others who are in a similar situation and hope it is enjoyable and educational at the same time!
Web Site: www.throughthewavyglass.com
Elba Farm House
History, renovation, and daily life in an old Elba Township farmhouse.
Web Site: http://elbafarmhouse.blogspot.com
Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota
The ups & downs of restoring a 1924 bungalow.
Web Site: http://www.stuccohouse.blogspot.com/
1889 Queen Anne Keller Row
St. Paul, Minnesota
Purchased an 1889 Queen Anne thinking the renovation back to a single family home would be easy and quick right? Come see from hell to heaven this renovation!
The George Hall Home
You may ask yourself "what prompted this insanity?" Well, it started with HGTV's "If Walls Could Talk". Then My Beautiful Bride and I spent an anniversary getaway at the Hoyt House in Fernandina Beach, Florida followed by a stay at the Marshall House in Savannah, Georgia. This prompted us to start looking for old houses nationwide, which included looking at houses on oldhouses.com. Anyway, this is my story and I'm sticking with it.
Web Site: http://iceretired.blogspot.com
Bennington Colonial's Blog
The trials and tribulations of a NeoClassical/Queen Anne restoration/renovation undertaken by a now much wiser Do-It-Yourselfer and his family.
Web Site: http://benningtoncolonial.wordpress.com/
Our Victorian House
Fanwood, New Jersey
This incredible 1875 Eastlake Stick Style Victorian has been meticulous restored to its former splendor. The Reception Hall welcomes visitors with its beautiful marble fireplace. The Formal Parlor is reminiscent of a jewel box with its amazing wall coverings and stained glass windows. The sweeping living room boasts tin ceilings, stained glass and a tiled fireplace. The beauty of this home continues through the 6+ Bedrooms, 1.5 Baths, Eat in Kitchen and Formal Dining Room. The home also has 4 fireplaces and a massive Open Front Porch. This home is registered on the National Registry of Historic homes, and is a short walk to the NYC trains!
Web Site: WWW.OURVICTORIANHOUSE.COM
Woodbury, New Jersey
An effort to highlight the ups and downs of historic preservation and restoration of the once grand city of Woodbury, NJ and the Colonial and Victorian era houses that make up its many stories.
Web Site: http://preservewoodbury.blogspot.com
1885 Prospect Hill Renovation, Buffalo
Buffalo, New York
Built in 1885 in one of Buffalo's oldest neighborhoods, this home has lost much exterior character but retains extraordinary fine details inside, including complete set of Eastlake door and window hardware, functioning pocket door, grand front staircase and more. As we continue to reclaim the history of our home and discover new history and treasures, we'll keep you posted!
Web Site: http://1885prospecthill.blogspot.com/
Castleton, New York
Watch the restoration of this 1883 Shingle Style property using old photos from a previous owner. Lots of before and after photos and how to information. A beautiful Hudson River location.
Web Site: blog.timesunion.com/homerestoration
The Heritage Project: Preserving History, One Building at a Time
Middleburgh, New York
An act of love to save this home and barn from demolition, they will be dismantled and rebuilt on a new site.
New York, New York
Beautiful details from vintage American homes that express the style of a house, with photos of stairs, windows, doors, fireplaces, ceiling ornaments and furnishings. Resources to restore an old house for homeowners, architects and contractors. Historic house museums and walking tours.
Web Site: www.historic-details.com
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Web Site: www.facebook.com/woodleysmanor
The Ordinary House
Hillsborugh, North Carolina
William Reed's Ordinary began life as a tavern or "ordinary" in beautiful, historic Hillsborough, NC
Web Site: theordinaryhouse.com
Schwieterman Farm Project
Restoring/Redecorating an original 1878 Schwieterman Family homestead and the farm buildings. Preserving Schwieterman history in Mercer County where our ancestors settled when arriving from Germany in 1836.
1914 Foursquare & Second Empire
The restoration of a 1914 Craftsman-styled American Foursquare and a Second Empire.
Web Site: http://1914foursquare.blogspot.com/
Oklahoma Colonial Revival Restoration
Young couple restoring this interesting house for fun. First major project on our own, and really excited!
Web Site: davisrenovation.blogspot.com
Reservoir Hill Restoration
3 bedroom 1.5 bath bungalow built near downtown Tulsa in the the historic Reservoir Hill area. Follow our blog in this restoration project.
Web Site: http://www.cordrenovation.com/wordpress/
1885 Gothic Victorian
A Gothic Victorian with so many of its original features.
Web Site: 1885gothicvictorian.blogspot.com
Laurelhurst Craftsman Restoration
Restoration/remodel of a 1912 Craftsman in the Laurelhurst neighborhood of Portland, Oregon.
Web Site: kidderdragon.blogspot.com
Just a Girl with a Hammer
I have a 1938 postwar Ranch that had fallen into foreclosure and major disrepair. I'm a librarian who's trying to do almost everything myself.
Web Site: http://justagirlwithahammer.com
Setter Run Farm
We chronicle the renovation of a 19th century Pennsylvania limestone farmhouse - whose first inhabitant was a deserter from the Civil War - and the construction of an addition that adds modern living space.
Web Site: http://setterrunfarm.com
Kennett Square, Pennsylvania
Stone farmhouse built in 1749
Web Site: http://1749restoration.blogspot.com/
Chad's Crooked House
Chronicling my adventures restoring and updating a quirky old South Philadelphia rowhouse
Web Site: chadscrookedhouse.wordpress.com
Homes of the Brave
Newport, Rhode Island
Blog about rejuvenating a Federal Home in Newport, RI.
Web Site: www.homesofthebrave.wordpress.com
Harrison DeLong house
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
In this Old House Story, follow the journey of a family restoring an gorgeous old Queen Anne.
Web Site: myqueenanne.wordpress.com
Anything Worth Doing
Respectfully restoring and maintaining a former doctor's office and home in East Tennessee.
Web Site: worthdoingblog.wordpress.com
1893 Stick/Eastlake design by George F. Barber.
Web Site: http://teapottreasure.blogspot.com/
Bosque County Historic Ranch Restoration
Not for Sale: This 19th century farm is on the National Register of Historic Places and is one of the few remaining groups of structures of the early Norwegian Settlement of Norse, Bosque County, Texas, at the north end of the Hill Country. Built in the 1850s, it is currently a working ranch comprised of five stone buildings and hundreds of feet of intact dry-stack stone walls, some as tall as eight feet. Because the buildings and walls remain intact and relatively unchanged, we can see the similarity to Northern European farm buildings in their construction, stone work and siting. Texas Architect, Steve Chambers, A.I.A., is working with the present owners to preserve and renovate various structures at this ranch.
Wise County, Texas - Preservation of 19th Century Texas Historic Home
Not for Sale: One of the owners of this historic home, preserved by Stephen B. Chambers Architects and located North of Decatur, TX, is the grandson of the rancher who took possession of the post-Civil War four-room stone structure a century ago. Having been abandoned for 40 years, considerable work needed to be done. Steve Chambers, Dallas architect, and the client developed a plan to adapt the house into a second-home while making minimal architectural interventions that might otherwise compromise the rustic character and detail of this 19th Century Texas treasure. In order to remain close to the historical accuracy of a home in this period of Texas history. a second building on the site originally constructed as a stone base for a water storage tank, was converted into bathroom facilities
This home is the recipient of a 2006 Preservation Texas Award for Historic Rehabilitation.
Web Site: chambersarchitects.com/wise-county.html
Historical Granbury, Texas Preservation: The Bowden-Kennon House
Not for Sale: Ralph Bowden, a Granbury merchant who served as a city councilman and established an early telephone system for the area, originally built this home for himself and his family near the courthouse square. The "Granbury Courthouse Square" became the first town square in Texas to be listed in the National Register and The National Trust for Historic Preservation has modeled its Main Street Program after Granbury's restoration efforts. The Hood County Courthouse restoration is beautiful and almost completed.
Dog Trot Log Home
Smith County, Texas
Not for Sale: This is a restoration of the original log home that the client's great-great-grandfather built with his own hands, with the assistance of itinerant crafstmen, when he moved to Texas in 1856. This vintage structure consists of two cabins (pens) separated by an open passageway (dog-run or dogtrot), with a continuous gable roof covering both cabins and the passageway between them. The porch extends across the entire front of the house and, the passage between the two pens, was enclosed by screens. A lean-to shed, was constructed at the rear of each cabin for a kitchen and bathroom. This type of shed was often an addition to these 19th century Texas log homes. The structure was disassembled and moved to the family ranch near Tyler, TX. and was completed in late summer of 2009.
When you own your house, but really, it owns YOU!!! Restoring an 1893 Victorian in 4 months!
Web Site: www.eclecticvictorian.com
Cheney Farmhouse Restoration
Jamaica is a small town of artists and craftsmen nestled in the Green Mountains of Vermont. Watch as we lovingly complete a total restoration of this magnificent farmhouse, originally built in 1880 by a gifted local cabinetmaker.
Web Site: www.cheneyfarmhouse.blogspot.com
A St. Albans Victorian
St. Albans, Vermont
The renovation and restoration of a turn of the century Queen Anne Shingle Style home in St. Albans, Vermont. The 70s weren't good to many Victorians, including this one! We're doing our best to fix that.
Web Site: http://www.prydein.com/215
Old Town Home
Old Town Home is dedicated to the DIY restoration and renovation adventures of a young couple in an old row home in the Alexandria, VA historic district.
Web Site: http://www.oldtownhome.com
A Farmhouse Reborn
Young couple moves from Washington, DC and takes on the renovation of an 1850 Virginia farmhouse with a baby on the way and no idea what to expect!
Web Site: www.afarmhousereborn.com
The Danville Experience
The foibles, discoveries, accomplishments, and mis-adventures of restoring a "Millionaire's Row" Victorian Gothic Mansion back to its original splendor in a small Virginia town with a colorful cast of characters.
Gravel Springs Farm
Frederick County, Virginia
An 1836 Shenandoah Valley late Federal style brick farmhouse located in rural Frederick County, Virginia.
Web Site: http://www.gravelspringsfarm.com/
Richmond , Virginia
This "fairytoon" (a combination of a fairytale and cartoon) journals a couple's restoration of a long neglected Colonial Revival house in the Ginter Park Historic District of Richmond, Virginia....turning a house into a home.
Web Site: www.fairytoon.blogspot.com
Join us on our journey to maintain and restore this 128 year-old beauty. Not experts here (at all), just a couple that loves old homes.
Web Site: http://www.1885victorian.com/
Charles Brown House
We have a beautifully restored French Second Empire Home in Vancouver, WA, that is now a law firm. I understand this style of home is very uncommon on the west coast. We have also done extensive genealogical research on the family who built the house.
Web Site: http://www.charlesbrownhouse.com/
Owen Tudor Hedges House
Martinsburg, West Virginia
Owen Tudor Hedges House, also known as Fairstone and Cedar Grove, is a historic home located near Hedgesville, Berkeley County, West Virginia. It was built in 1860 and is a two story, five bay, brick Greek Revival style dwelling with a gable roof. It features a one story, full width porch along the front facade, with a hipped roof. Also on the property is a barn (1859), ice house (c. 1870), slave house (c. 1860), outbuilding (c. 1870), two sheds (c. 1870), and a well house / gazebo (c. 1870).
It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1994.
Web Site: https://www.facebook.com/owentudorhedges
Peter Nelson Homestead
This 3 bedroom home has been vacant for over 30 years and although in great need of attention, still retains all of its original charm. Built before running water, its original outhouse stands proudly in the back yard. The home features a trap door to the root Cellar beneath the Dining Room and a cistern under the kitchen floor. Restoration begins in Spring 2014. For more pics please see our facebook page.
I am sure the conversation went something like..."We really need a new watchtower. Let's rip off the kitchen roof and build it in the house." Wonderful 1871 farm house with a 7 story poured concrete and steel tower built in 1935. What was I thinking?! Oh yea, I love this place.
Fun and VJs
This blog chronicles the renovations to our Queenslander home in Brisbane, Australia - turning a sow's ear into a silk purse.
Web Site: http://funandvjs.blogspot.com/
Little Blue House
The Little Blue House was built during the Gold Rush of 1898. It was moved from Discovery, now a ghost town, to its current location around 1920. A young family has recently purchased the tiny Victorian house and is planning to restore it.
Web Site: http://littlebluehouse1898.blogspot.ca
My 1923 Foursquare
This poor house has suffered through some pretty careless tenants, horribly DIY renovations and repairs, yet it still retains a decent amount of original charm. Follow along as I try to undo the damage, and add the charm it has lost over the years.
Web Site: http://my1923foursquare.blogspot.com/
Canadian Foursquare Farmhouse
Keswick Ridge, Canada
Old Farmhouse in the Maritime Provinces of Canada. Not fancy, just solid!
Web Site: http://sharpegary.tumblr.com/
Southern France restoration project
A diary of our restoration and renovation project- An old French village house. With limited time and a limited budget, two English folk are creating something special in an 11th century fortified village that time forgot.
Web Site: https://coteetcampagne.wordpress.com/
Peyriac Minervois, France
Francophiles since long and French house owners since September we are in the process of renovation our medieval house in the Aude in southern France. In this blog, we will describe the restoration project and our quest for the history of the house, and finally how we will to start up the rental business. All with a clear sustainability focus.
the meaden project
Cambridgeshire, Great Britain
The ups and downs of restoring a very old building, UK style ;)
Web Site: www.themeadenproject.wordpress.com
Our Victorian House
A photographic virtual tour of a 1879 traditional Scottish Victorian House being restored. Contains 100s of before and after pictures, details of projects and restoration techniques as well as a history of the house and a good collection of useful links.
Web Site: http://www.victorian-house.com/