Posts Tagged 'old-house'

Installing a vapr barrier in an old house

We just moved into a 115-year-old home and want to add insulation into the walls. Can we install a Tyvec vapor barrier to the interior side of the wall so that we don not have to disturb the existing brick siding?

Replacing Bathroom Tiles in Old Victorian House

I am remodeling a second floor bathroom in an Victorian house est 1030's. The bathroom tile was put on with cement blobs about 2 inches thick behind it. It almost looks like cement patties because there are gaps in each corner of the tile corners of the old 4x4 tiles. My guess is that the cement was used to build out the tiles to fit the tub area. now I am retiling the bath and I see behind the tiles this matrix of cement blobs do I close up the holes /gaps with more cement or leave it as it is, I am replacing it with the same size 4x4 squares although today's tiles are thinner. My fear is that the grout may crack since the new tiles are thinner and mold and mildew will be more likely to form over time. Or put a cement board on top of that which will make the wall tile come out farther into the tub area? Is it possible to close up the gap with more cement or mastic to make no holes in the wall behind it?

How do I cover or get rid of concrete "frosting" on my concrete block house?

My house is concrete block built in 1951. it has this "frosting" on the front of the house that is decorative. I'd like to be able to fill it in to make a smooth surface or remove it. I'm not sure what it is made of, other than it feels like concrete itself.

Insulation Drywall and More Drywall

Our house has a covered back stairwell that was added after the house was built (I'm guessing in the 50's). The walls aren't insulated (just homasote in some places, drywall in others) and so it's very hot in the summer and cold in the winter. I'd like to simply just tack some polystyrene board and then cover it all with drywall but I'm not sure if this is a good idea (especially drywall-poly-drywall) or an incredibly dumb one.

Dry Rot Spurs Bathroom Remodeling

The tile tub enclosure in our 70-year old house leaked, creating dry rot in the floor and the wall framing. Since the wall must be rebuilt, I'd like to do a small bathroom remodeling. I'd bump out the wall two feet and create a custom shower stall with medium-priced tile. The exterior is clapboard siding and I'll tuck a small gable under the existing gable. Any ideas about problems and costs?

Visualizing Kitchen Remodeling for an Old House

It took us six years to save $35,000 for a kitchen remodeling in our 70-year-old home. I'm so afraid we'll spend the money and not get what we want. What do kitchen designers charge for consulting, and how can they show us what it will look like?

Basement Stairs Need More Tread

Stringers are 2x8. Treads are also 2x8. dont know rise and run at this point. The stairs are 50+ years old and they are very stable at this point. The problem is I want more tread for foot placement. Can I do this without replacing the 2x8 stringers?

Best Roofing Material for Salty Air and Strong Winds

We're Midwesterners and will be renovating a home we bought in Atlantic City, New Jersey. What is the best roofing material for withstanding a combination of salty air and strong winds?

How do we prevent mold under the floor joists?

The previous owners turned the garage into a laundry room, bathroom, and bedroom. They did nothing to the garage floor, just left it as is and raised the floor to meet the rest of the house (approx 2 ft). We just had to tear out the laundry room floor because of a burst pipe that happened while we were at work. We found out that the people who bought this house and flipped it put a THIN coat of plywood over already damaged floor. The house was originally built in 1950's. After being down on the original garage floor and looking around under there, we found there is no vents under there and there is water damage (not as severe as the laundry room) in the bathroom area. We have planned to tear out the floor in the bathroom during the summer barring any other major event. We want to prevent mold from growing. We did spray the wood under the laundry room and what we could get to, but won't this grow back without proper ventilation? Please help.

Window Replacement in a Wilmington, Delaware, Crooked Opening

One front window in our old house is obviously not level. Since all the other windows are the same size, a carpenter will have to rebuild the opening so the window replacement size matches the others. This is a 1940's wood frame house. How much will the labor cost to remove the old window, rebuild the opening, and replace the window?