Happy New Owner of an 1810 Brick Home

laritheloudJune 14, 2013

Hello, everyone!

My husband and I are the proud new owners of an 1810 federal-style brick home. Apparently the man who originally built this house was the town blacksmith, and we believe he created much of the original hardware still visible on the interior (and main front) doors. I'm sure I'll have a lot of questions as we learn how to maintain and beautify our house, so I hope to use GardenWeb as my resource as we get started.

Our first major project is a full renovation of the 1970s-vintage kitchen, located in an addition to the back of the house. We have high hopes that we will love this house and grow with it, even though we are first-time homeowners and we understand this is a huge undertaking.

here are some photos we have of the home as we start to patch up and paint the rooms:

Thanks, and whenever a question comes up I'll be sure to check around here!

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Christopher Nelson Wallcovering and Painting

Very nice.
I hope you are filthy rich( insert smiley face here)

    Bookmark   June 15, 2013 at 5:57AM
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laritheloud

That bad? :-(

    Bookmark   June 15, 2013 at 8:50AM
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egbar

how lovely! I am looking forward to seeing what you do with it, inside and out. it has great bones, and some really nice details, looks like it is in good shape, so you get to do mostly the fun stuff of making it your own.
congratulations on your new home!

    Bookmark   June 15, 2013 at 8:52AM
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laritheloud

egbar - that's what was most attractive about this place, and that was what we were hoping for. The home inspector (we chose a historical home specialist) indicated that it was quite a solid house. The electrical appears to be in good shape overall, but we have reason to believe modernization of the home occurred in the 1960s to the 1970s... some of the fixtures are ungrounded, but there is no knob and tube present in the house. Ductwork was put in at around that time, as well. The previous owners put in new windows (though the transom above the front door has the only original glass left in the house), new gas heater, new water heater, and the landscaping around the house.

Here's to hoping our luck holds out and we stay on top of maintenance. We would really like to do right by this house.

    Bookmark   June 15, 2013 at 9:04AM
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geller

The house looks great. The one thing you don't need to worry about too much is whether you want to be a slave to the period of the house. I would definitely not want an 1810 kitchen or an outhouse. So don't be afraid to make the house suitable for your lifestyle.

    Bookmark   June 15, 2013 at 11:05AM
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Christopher Nelson Wallcovering and Painting

I was mostly( well somewhat) kidding. I have a very solid ( stone) house built in the early 20's and it seems like it is a never ending maintenance routine. Don't get me wrong, I love it, just can't afford it.

    Bookmark   June 15, 2013 at 5:22PM
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trailrunnerbiker

We have an 1890 home in AL and have almost no maintenance at all on it. We have the normal lawn care and touch up painting and in a few years the roof will need to be replaced but these are normal wear and tear. We have been very happy to own an old home that all PO's have taken care of. The devil is in the details...keep up with those and the rest is easy.

It is best to live in a house for at least a year before you do any renovation. I would not touch the kitchen until you visit the Kitchen Forum on GW and post plans and ideas and do a year of research. You want to do justice to the house. You are already missing so many lovely details since all the light fixtures and the original windows are gone. It would be so nice to add to the original lovely details that have been removed. There are a lot of great "old " but new kitchens on the forum and lots of wonderful help over there. Good Luck ! c

    Bookmark   June 15, 2013 at 10:24PM
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VictoriaElizabeth

Gorgeous!! Congratulations!!
We have an 1890 Victorian⦠I envy that you won't ever need to paint your exterior!!

Here is a link that might be useful: Our Victorian house.

    Bookmark   June 18, 2013 at 12:44PM
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