Knowing the style of the house and how to keep that character is not easy for someone making the transition from apartment or condo living.
Assuming they care, people with old houses are forced onto a learning curve that can be very confusing. It is easy to tell which neighbours care about getting an old house right. Knowing the style of the house and how to keep that character is not easy for someone making the transition from apartment or condo living. Not knowing a Victorian from an Edwardian house and coming to expect “maintenance” after a call placed to the property management company means, like most idiots, I did not have a clue.
So the point of the occasional post is to put out some answers to frequent questions, share some experience from other old house geeks and, hopefully, be of some help to the new home owner who feels completely overwhelmed by their 120 year old pile of bricks. Posts are mostly meant to organize info and resources for work done on our house and hopefully others may find it useful.