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Topic: The Old House
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06-23-2003 10:36:16

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That I live in is 143 years old this year and 7 generations of my family have live here since My family built it. Nothing remains of the old log house that they had before. Many aspects like windows,doors,trim and some of the siding are original.On the interior all the trim. banisters, mantels, flooring and some of the original plaster remain.I demolished the rear wing to build a more modern/livable area and also added a mud room and 2 car garage. I am rather proud of the old place mostly because of the family history. I also feel fortunate that I have many old family furnishings and things. How many others have similar homes that have been in your family for a long time.


06-23-2003 13:27:25

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Ummmm, not yet, but I built mine 1 1/2 years ago and it better still be standing in 143 years !!!!
I built a 3500 sqft. 2 story farm house, with a porch around 3 sides of it. Some of the cool things I put on it was, the covered porch is 1560 sq ft, a 24X24 master bedroom, 3 other good sized bedrooms, a 6 ft wide stairway goes upstairs from the kitchen, the kitchen is 14X36. and an outdoor furance to heat the whole thing. I opted for larger rooms instead of a bunch of little ones. The bad thing is that I already have phases 2,3,4,5 in my head, and I'm still working on phase 1.


06-23-2003 13:16:20

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Well buck, you have our family beat. My grandma
lived to be 99. Her house was the original house
built probably 1867--then moved later on to
another spot on the farm--where additional rooms,
basements, were added. The farm stayed in the
family 132 years. (My dad is still lives on part
of it. He has lived there 76 years.)
Parts of the farm have been in the family 136 years for 5 generations. (One passing down of the
farm went from the older sister (who took care of her parents in old age). This older sister helped raise my grandma and grandma being the youngest sibling (by many years) and her and grandpa were struggling starting out--decided to take up the farming part.
Her house had all the antique picture frames
with all the ancestors in them, the family bible,
heirloom furniture passed down. My kids (too
young to understand) thought it was more like
a museum, kind of creeped them out, I guess.
(ha ha).
Sorry, to say, the house was torn down. It
sat empty for 10 yrs. while grandma lived on quite beautifully in nursing home.
I was supposed to live there "one day" as was
told to me in childhood. But when it came down
to the wire, I had to choose between that and my
son would have to change communities. (My husband
was also one to consider--he would have to help
take care of at least 30-40 acres, but he wanted
the responsibility of the 3 acres we now have, plus his career.) There was tons of mowing there.
It was a gut-wrenching decision to make at the
Anyway, the new owners decided to tear down the
house and built a log home on the exact same spot.
When the couple let us walk through the log home, I came to the spot where the "old
living room" was, and said, "This is the spot
where I spent about 33 Christmases" and my dad
spent how many? I just intuitively knew.


06-23-2003 11:55:22

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Not anyone in our family has held on to a house. Some family members change houses ever 15 years or so. The house I live in was built in 1979. We never plan to sell it, I'm sure one of the kids will own it someday.


06-23-2003 11:42:40

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I am redoing our home as well. Half is circa 1840 exposed log, which is now our 21 X 21 livingroom, and the other is an add on baloon frame circa 1916. The later is in worse shape than the log in that the sill log which holds up the 2X4 frame is halfway rotted. This is typical as the years have seen water working it's way on th e top of the foundation. I haven't figured a way to replace the sill or portions of it without calling the guys at "This 'ole House" to do the job.

The only way I figure a do-it-yourself job could be done is to extend each frame down to the foundation wall using carriage bolted 4in channel.
(The frames are real 2X4's). I could carve out the sill between frames as I go along. The channel will have 3/8in plate shelves welded to it about 1 foot up. These will carry the weight of each frame. A slow drawn out dirty job, but it's the only thing I could think of without bracing and such and as I have new drywall installed on the wall, I can't have the wall drop even 1/4in.

Roof needs to be changed as well. There's 3 layers of cedar, 2 layers of asphalt shingles and
lastly tin. No wonder it's sagging a little, the guys were too lazy to remove the old layers.
Re-done the kitchen and first floor in period
baseboards with wainscott ceilings.

glen sw wi

06-23-2003 12:20:59

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If the studs are sitting on a sill plate,you should be able to support the wall with a beam and jackposts from the basement. When all else fails you can take off some of the sideing and see just how the studs are attached. Nail a 2x10 on the to the studs and then support the wall with a beam and jackposts. The wall should be quite rigid with the sheathing and sheetrock.

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