New to forum-bringing c.1850 issues with me...
Hello to all here. I have been perusing this forum for a while now, and I would like to say that I am just so very impressed with those who give such wonderful advice, in a way that is not condescending, or in anyway given to make the asker feel stupid for the asking. The reason I say this, is that I have gotten (other places) such horrid looks or 'tones' of voice when I ask questions about our old home. Doing the restorations and upgrades ourselves, is very important to us. Unfortunately, many feel that hiring out the job is the only way to go. I disagree to a point. Obviously there are going to be things we cannot do ourselves. However, I want to cure my old house's ills myself, to have the satisfaction of doing it the way I want it done, and to have the sense of accomplishment and connection to owners past. I am an Archaeologist, not a carpenter or contractor, and my husband is an History Professor (PhD), but no matter how much research I can do, and no matter how much excavating I can do on the outside, I still need a ton of help making sure the inside is well taken care of. The past several owners only put bandaids on the woulnds of this old girl - they did not bother to 'do it right' the first time. This is something we have had to deal with and repair constantly. I expected problems with an old house, but did not count on the fact that other owners would not have taken care of it the same way I would have. I may be rambling, but I want my position understood, so that when I am the one asking the questions, or sharing our experiences with our own house, it will be known that I am a neophyte in your world. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of this forum - I look forward to learning from all of you, and restoring and healing this old girl correctly!
(We purchased our SE Wisconsin home in May this year. It is a c. 1850 Cream City brick, two story Italiante farmhouse)
Last edited by DuchessWolff; 09-13-2008 at 11:29 AM.
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