“Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of intelligent efforts.”
– John Ruskin (1819 –1900) English writer, philosopher & art critic

DOING IT THE RIGHT WAY – AUTHENTIC BUNGALOW RESTORATION

Doing an authentic bungalow restoration by following the best construction & restoration practices will increase the value of your home aesthetically, culturally & financially & make it safer too. In this section the experts discuss the importance of these practices, with links to specific, valuable technical information.

Learn the basics of construction preservation in the articles below to improve the quality & the ease of your project.

BEFORE YOU HIRE AN OLD HOUSE CONTRACTOR

BEFORE YOU HIRE AN OLD HOUSE CONTRACTOR

I wrote the E-book, 7 VITAL Things to Do Before You Hire a Contractor, after reading terrible & sad stories on the old house, Facebook, group blogs. In every single story I could see the exact moment at which the project fell apart, the money got ripped off, the...

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OLD HOUSE CLASSES

OLD HOUSE CLASSES

By attending old house classes, a conscientious steward can learn the basics of old house repair & maintenance. Owning an old house is not for sissies, nor for the uninformed. When I owned The Hare House, my 1910 Craftsman in Eagle Rock, I made some mistakes that...

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MY 1910 CRAFTSMAN IN EAGLE ROCK

MY 1910 CRAFTSMAN IN EAGLE ROCK

The story begins with my love affair with the Alfred W. & Grace D. Hare House, a beautiful Craftsman, in Eagle Rock, a bungalow neighborhood in N.E. Los Angeles. Once an incorporated town in its own right, Eagle Rock is just west of Pasadena & was clearly...

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STAY HEALTHY WHEN RESTORING AN OLD HOUSE

STAY HEALTHY WHEN RESTORING AN OLD HOUSE

It’s not easy to stay healthy when restoring an old house. Increased demands on your time, your finances, the toxins in the materials you will demo & install, & the stress of making constant decisions, facing too many surprises mean that to stay strong, you...

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THE DANGERS OF RESTORING AN OLD HOUSE

THE DANGERS OF RESTORING AN OLD HOUSE

The dangers of restoring an old house are considerable, but with proper planning can be minimized. Let's take a look at the actions required. A contractor has been hired to begin the restoration of your home. You have discussed your staying in the house while the work...

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BUNGALOW: THE ULTIMATE ARTS & CRAFTS HOME.

BUNGALOW: THE ULTIMATE ARTS & CRAFTS HOME.

This book was Jane’s most impressive work & it is majestic, with 285 large, glossy pages. She referred to it as The Big Book of Bungalows & I’m not certain that she was enthralled with the publisher’s final choice.
Hewn & Hammered’s review of the book opined, “The book is written with humor and warmth, never taking its subject matter too seriously, which is a welcome alternative to many other books in the genre that treat these buildings as museum exhibits before their original purpose (and, in most cases, only purpose) as homes.”
Her opening quote, from Oscar Wilde, expresses it from Jane’s viewpoint. “Seriousness is the only refuge of the shallow.”
I most heartily agree with all of them!

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RESTORING A BUNGALOW – THE RIGHT WAY

RESTORING A BUNGALOW – THE RIGHT WAY

I wrote this article wa-a-ay back in 2006-ish when I first moved to Tampa. I had left Los Angeles, left the Hare House, a beautiful bungalow on the L.A. Historic Register which I had meticulously restored (the right way!), but brought with me new determination & a shiny new soapbox, after being defeated in the saving of the wonderful historic building, at our corners of Main & Main. We had fought a valiant fight, but greed & lack of our councilman’s foresight (He got slammed in the next election.) won out so instead of being treated to a view of one of the world’s most wonderful (& scarce) Streamline Moderne buildings on this planet, when you shop downtown, you encounter a Walgreens, sitting in a sea of parking.

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YOUR HISTORIC BUNGALOW’S HOME INSPECTION

YOUR HISTORIC BUNGALOW’S HOME INSPECTION

Whether buying or already owning a bungalow, or any house built pre-1950, there are many things to keep in mind in terms of maintenance. Of course, if buying any home, whether it’s brand new or 250 years old, it is critical to get it professionally inspected. The inspector will spend about 3 hours going inside and out, top to bottom visually inspecting the home’s components and testing the systems to ensure that they are in working order and safe to use. I’ve been inspecting homes since 2002 and, just when I think I’ve ‘seen it all’, something new seems to pop up. How well a home has been maintained over the years seems to be the key factor in what we find when inspecting it.

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