A Victorian House Restoration – Fullerton CA

I wanted to post some before, During and After photos of the restoration of my friends home – a late Victorian style architecture in Fullerton, California. Unfortunately, my iphone took a shit and I lost most of the photos, so there are only 4 that I was able to recover from my buddy. For my next blog post I should write a story on the importance of backing up your iphone… but I digress. On to the Victorian…

Built in 1910, only 117 years after King Louis was guillotined (in 1793) and 17 years before the Tastykake Butterscotch Krimpet (1927). Taft was president, and Fathers Day was first celebrated. It was a time when women’s dresses on rare occasion would reveal their ankles and popular songs of 1910 were “Let Me Call You Sweetheart” and “Down by the Old Mill Stream”.

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It was then on October 1, 1910 when the Lane family moved into their brand new home with nothing but the future before them. Since then the seasons have passed, as have its many residents, but the house has lived on. Allot of secrets of the past are buried within its walls, and memories – some happy and some sad, now silently echo through its halls. (so poetic of me, right?)

Sadly, as you will see in the photos, the house was in poor shape cosmetically since it was neglected for many years. The house needed to be what it was designed to be. The goal was to restore the house back to its original “vick” era splendor of the early 1900’s as accurately as could be. Many mistakes were made before my friend went back to school to study Historic Preservation. He should have just called me.

This house is not really special or unique in its architectural design or style. There are a ton of similar style houses from the same period all over. Unfortunately almost all have been drastically updated making them indistinguishable from how they were designed to look. They just go unnoticed while the grand Victorians get the spotlight. So here is his restoration to bring the average person’s house back to life. And it’s not a bad job. You can read more on old house restoration here.

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While home remodeling can be very fun and exciting it can also be a very stressful experience. If you are unsure what your first steps should be then you should definitely keep reading. Utilize the advice in this article, and you may just be amazed by what you can accomplish.

Weather you are considering a kitchen remodel or just some light painting, these tips will help you save some money.

 

Use some aluminum tape to help you patch cracks in the roof. Place the sticky part of the tape on a surface that is clear of debris. The waterproof aluminum tape will cover and protect the minor roof cracks.

Texturing walls using drywall mud can add visual interest and cover up many blemishes. It is easy to texture walls. Trowel drywall mud and use a stiff brush or sponge to dab at it and add texture.

Use a sponge to help your drywall instead of sanding. Instead of sanding seams in drywall, use a sponge. It will take some practice to learn this new technique, but you’ll get it. The advantage is that sponging doesn’t kick up all of the dust that sanding does.

Two-liter bottles can be used in your kitchen as storage containers. They are see-through and will protect practically any kind of dry goods such as corn meal, flour, or sugar. You can keep them on a shelf, the freezer, or the fridge. Just open and pour when you need to use the contents.

When you are planning your project, be realistic in evaluating how much work is involved. Create a list of all the tasks you must take care of. Seek out a second opinion to ensure you haven’t missed anything in your assessment. You will save money if you have a clear picture of everything that needs to be done.

A good tip for home improvement is to plan ahead of time. If you wait until you start, you can run into a disaster because you did not plan. If you plan out what you are going to do, you will not run into as many issues.

Make sure that you utilize all the space in a home when you plan to sell it. For example, a home office should be furnished accordingly with a desk and other accessories. A family room, on the other hand, should be furnished with kid-friendly, welcoming decor and furniture. Well-defined areas will help buyers visualize how the space can be properly utilized. You will sell your house more quickly if you take the time to define spaces clearly.

If you want to save money, then consider getting a drain snake. This will reduce the need for buying drain cleaners. If you have not used a drain snake before, ask a professional to show you how on your first project. Snakes come in different sizes, so it’s important to know your drain size and buy the right one. Otherwise you may damage your drain.

Not only will improving your home increase its overall value, it will also give you a sense of pride and accomplishment. Follow the tips presented here to help you complete your home improvement project successfully even if you are a novice.

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