New Members with a 1919 Four Square
Hello! My wife and I purchased this 1919 foursquare last July and have been enjoying all the quirks and lessons that one experiences in their first old house (and our first house period!).
It's been a real learning experience, as we've started on new projects that we've never tried before, and learned interesting things that are unique to old houses (such as the fact that the local historic house specialist will charge you almost as much as the sale price to repair/replace a rotting pine T&G beaded soffit to original condition). It's been a great time, though, and I can't wait for the journey ahead.
We have a list of over 100 projects to tackle over the coming years, from things as simple as replacing sash locks to bigger projects like a full landscaping overhaul or restoring all of the approximately 50 (mostly original) windows.
FYI, since this picture was taken we've done a little bit of work on the yard: dethatching (by hand!), leveling low spots and re-seeding where the yard was bare and rather dead. It's still a work in progress, but it's getting greener everyday!
We look forward to being able to participate here, and tap the collective knowledge of the board as we set out to bring out the best in our beloved house!