You know that spring is around the corner when the City of Edmonton Planning Department unveils its seminars designed specifically for owners of old houses. Known as the ‘This Old Edmonton House’ seminars, these sessions cover almost every aspect of owning an old house. This includes talks on windows and doors, mechanical systems, roofs and exteriors, foundations, and plastering walls. I will be doing two … Continue reading This Old Edmonton House Seminars 2014
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
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
The official launch of my book took place recently at one of the homes featured in the book – the Bell Residence. There were 30+ invited guests that sipped wine, nibbled and talked, talked and talked some more. I can’t believe that I was worried that, because so many people are from different walks of life, that they might not have anything in common! There … Continue reading “Historical Interiors of Alberta” is officially launched!
TIP: If you’re thinking of buying an old house make sure you get the inspector to find out what the water and sewer lines are made of and when they were last serviced! Staircase detail Earlier this summer my husband and I agreed that the reworking of the front yard was going to be our last major project on the house. This was for … Continue reading Water Main Breaks Expensive and Avoidable