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Highland



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 26, 2010 1:10 pm    Post subject: New to forum Reply with quote

Hi! my name is Ron. Im from NE Iowa. Im just bought a 1909 Victorian home in my hometown, just a block away from my bar. (which was also built in 1909) Its a 2350sq.ft. home with 4 bedrooms, two baths. Its two stories with a third story "widows tower".(not really sure if thats what it is called, but thats what the realtor called it) Everthing for the most part is original. Windows w/"wavy glass", Radiant heat (gas boiler, new in 98), Grand staircase, small staircase in rear of house off the kitchen, soft wood floors, wiring updated, roof re-sheeted and shingled (98), Orignial pocket doors for closing off the dining room (hardware missing), fire place, House sit on a dry rock foundation with cement floor.

The only things i dont like about the house is...

1. Someone put vinyl siding on it.
2. They also cut 5 holes in the extreior walls to put "window" ac in.
3. The bathrooms are really small (7.5' x 7.5')

My bar, I bought two years ago. Its has 14' high celings, with highly detailed tin work. There has been lots of work to the building (roof, tuck pointing, etc..)Its only 1300sq.ft. And Im trying to keep it as origial looking as possabile. The only thing I dont like is it has huge, single pain windows in the front, with "air holes" around the outside and inside trim, (might be copper, but has been painted) I asume to keep the glass clear in the winter???, but gets lots of condinsation on them. Above the bar, is now a apt. 3 bedrooms, 1.5 bath. (was built as a brothel, but turned into apts later)

Ive done research on the web to get ideas for how I should restore my new house, and I must say this is the best place I have found for information! I got the house at, what I think was a steal, but it just needs TLC. Im going to work on it for a few months before we move in. The bathrooms NEEDS redone. The upper one must had a water leak and ran down into the lower one. Im going to try and save the lath and plaster, but it in pretty bad shape. Im also going to redo the kithcen, and all the wood floors. Than once we move in, I will tackle windows, walls, and trim, one room at a time!
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Highland



Joined: 26 Nov 2010
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Location: IOWA

PostPosted: Wed Dec 01, 2010 3:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Correction... This house wasnt built in 1909. I went to the local libery and done research on the house. Didnt find much info because the abstract only goes back 60 years. But I did find a picture from 1881 of the area, and the house was already there! Now I know how it probally looked back than. Cant wait to peek under the siding to see what kind of shape the original wood is in!

I will try to do more research on the house i see what else I can find. OBTW- I read that it was rumored, that in the early 1900's, someone my have hung themselfs in the gable!
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 03, 2010 7:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ron:

Sounds like a nice place. Stop back again when you need help, or just to let us know about your progress.

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