A nice combination

Fences for Old Houses

At this time of year our historic neighbourhood is full of the sounds of construction. There’s the hammering of our neighbour who is replacing the surface boards on the front porch of his 1912 historic home. There’s the sound of shingles being ripped out across the street as workers rush to put on a new roof before winter sets in. And then there’s the sound … Continue reading Fences for Old Houses

Gardens for Old Houses

Gardens make any house look better and more approachable, but there is something about gardens and old houses that just seem to go hand in hand. I think it may be that old houses offer flexibility that contemporary homes do not. Contemporary homes use whatever materials that are in style, which makes sense. If you go into a new subdivision there is a good chance … Continue reading Gardens for Old Houses

Original windows

Window Replacement Dilemmas

I’m in a dilemma. What should I do? I’m talking about windows here. Our house is 101 years old this year and still has all the original windows plus the storm windows. I think that’s pretty neat but my happiness at being able to say this is tempered with reality. Old houses, such as the 1912 four-square that we live in, were designed to allow … Continue reading Window Replacement Dilemmas