Friday, February 12, 2010

A Great Old-House Blog

Hi friends,

You might know that I am a big fan of older houses, especially those built in the 1940s or earlier. They just don't build them like they used to, I'm afraid. I am especially fond of houses that have "good bones" but need a little work to bring them back to their original character. Houses that are all done just don't have the same appeal to me. If I could choose where to live, I would choose an older home that needs work over a finished newer home, any day. :)

When Mom and Dad lived in Indiana, I got to help them work on their 100+ year old farmhouse. Mom and I stripped off layers of wallpaper, patched holes in the plaster, and applied fresh paint. I loved every minute of it. I'm a little sad that they chose to purchase a brand new home when they moved to Texas, though I can understand their wish to avoid another "project." Old homes can consume a lot of time and money.

I used to read a blog which chronicled the adventures of a guy who was painstakingly restoring an 1895 Victorian in Eureka, California. Somehow I managed to completely forget about that blog until just the other day, when a Google search revealed that his blog is still up and running, and that he's made a lot of progress in the last couple of years. If you like old houses, you'll love this blog.

The Petch House


  1. I loved that blog! It would be SO amazing to fix up a house like that...provided I had lots of money. :)

  2. Well, either lots of money, or lots of time. I don't think he's actually spent a lot of money on that house, because he does allllll the work himself, even things like cutting the marble counter to shape, milling the trim, etc. etc. If I recall correctly, he only works part-time and spends the rest of his time on his house (no wife or kids).


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