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All the DIY talk you've grown to love from the Blake Hill House blog as well as interviews and stories from other old house lovers like you. Join me for project Q and A, games, and answers to the burning questions I ask in Instagram Stories. If you love old houses, vintage items, and good stories, this podcast is for you. Stacy Grinsfelder and her husband bought 135-year-old Blake Hill House, lovingly referred to as BHH, in 2014. She has been blogging about the joys and nightmares of old home ownership ever since.

All the DIY talk you've grown to love from the Blake Hill House blog as well as interviews and stories from other old house lovers like you. Join me for project Q and A, games, and answers to the burning questions I ask in Instagram Stories. If you love old houses, vintage items, and good stories, this podcast is for you. Stacy Grinsfelder and her husband bought 135-year-old Blake Hill House, lovingly referred to as BHH, in 2014. She has been blogging about the joys and nightmares of old home ownership ever since.
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All the DIY talk you've grown to love from the Blake Hill House blog as well as interviews and stories from other old house lovers like you. Join me for project Q and A, games, and answers to the burning questions I ask in Instagram Stories. If you love old houses, vintage items, and good stories, this podcast is for you. Stacy Grinsfelder and her husband bought 135-year-old Blake Hill House, lovingly referred to as BHH, in 2014. She has been blogging about the joys and nightmares of old home ownership ever since.

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Episodes

Paige is a DIY Dynamo

11/25/2019
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To celebrate the end of season two, today's show is a special double-length episode. During Part I, you'll be happy to hear a familiar voice. Devyn is on a break between chemo & radiation and surgery. He felt well enough to chat about his treatment and our house plans moving into 2020. During Part II, we wrap up the season with a passionate and engaging guest. It was my pleasure to chat with Paige Sander, best known on Instagram as Farmhouse Vernacular.

Duration:00:31:50

The Gift and Curse of DIY Perfectionism

11/11/2019
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In today's episode, my guest, Jason Lamb, is involved in a long-term restoration and renovation project with no end in sight. He and I sat down to talk about the benefit and curse of perfectionism, burnout, buying an old house, and whether or not he would do it all over again.

Duration:01:22:32

Bad News, Natalie, You've Got Haints! and Other Stories

10/31/2019
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During October, we received so many spooky old house stories that we put three of them together for this bonus Halloween episode. From the Catskills of New York to small-town Georgia, our guests report unexplained sounds, smells, and songs.

Duration:00:23:58

Ghost Story: This Is Not a Dad Joke

10/21/2019
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In this episode, Stacy, acting as a field reporter, walks a very short distance to interview guest, Andy Grinsfelder. When Andy was a kid, he had three unexplained brushes with possible paranormal activity. Knowing that Andy is a lifelong skeptic, Stacy is shocked to hear these stories for the first time. Although there is plenty of laughter throughout the episode, there is no punchline because this is not a Dad Joke. Side note: This episode gets a little creepy, so it may not be suitable...

Duration:00:19:52

Ghost Story: The Party Don't Stop Just 'Cause You're Dead

10/7/2019
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This episode kicks off an entire month of Ghost Stories on True Tales From Old Houses. In this episode, first-time homebuyers, Susan and Will Brinson of House of Brinson, tell Stacy how they ended up with their giant fixer-upper. Once a hot spot for selling horses and entertaining, Stony Ford Estate has confirmed to Susan and Will that "the party don't stop just 'cause you're dead."

Duration:00:27:10

Ron's Retirement Project Isn't Golfing

9/23/2019
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In this episode, Stacy starts off with some difficult news about Devyn's health. Next, when many people retire, they look forward to days of leisure at home or traveling. Today's guest, Ron and his wife, who he affectionately refers to as "upper management," bought a 4000 square foot Gothic Victorian instead. Nine years into their long-term restoration, Ron is full of humor and insight.

Duration:00:24:04

Fan Favorite Ash Dump Archaeology

9/9/2019
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This week, Devyn and Stacy both had to take an unexpected leave of absence. So, today's episode is a repeat of a fan favorite--the one that started it all, Ash Dump Archeology with special guest, Donn Grenda. The original air date was September 9, 2018. In this episode, Stacy explains how she and Andy ended up buying Blake Hill House. Also, archaeologist Donn Grenda discovers 60 year's worth of artifacts from the clogged fireplaces in his craftsman style home. Donn's discovery sparked his...

Duration:00:29:21

Catherine Brooks Speedheater Superhero

8/26/2019
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In this episode, Stacy first recaps her traveling adventures and observations about beautiful Japan. During segment two, Devyn and Stacy welcome Catherine Brooks from Eco-Strip--the sole distributor of Speedheater™ infrared paint strippers and tools. Catherine's passion for infrared technology and lead-safety education makes her the superhero we need in the old house community.

Duration:00:23:18

What Would Devyn and Stacy Do?

8/12/2019
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In today's mini-episode, Devyn and Stacy discuss restoration and renovation conundrums--Q&A style. Find out the answers to these burning questions: What would compel Devyn to paint woodwork? How does Stacy feel about vintage toilets? Will Devyn ever commit to installing the recessed lighting in his parlor? Can vegans even use shellac?

Duration:00:19:04

Take Me To Church

7/29/2019
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At the beginning of this episode, Devyn and Stacy discuss their summer vacations and Stacy's weird hobby. No matter where they go, old houses and old buildings make their way onto the travel agenda. During segment two, Devyn and Stacy welcome Gunther and Anastasiia, a Husband and Wife duo living in a converted Gothic Revival Episcopal church. This charming duo is known as All Saints House on Instagram. They share the ups and downs of going to church every single day, lost in translation...

Duration:00:43:22

Everyone Loves Cheap Old Houses and Elizabeth Finkelstein

7/15/2019
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Season Two Begins! In this episode, Stacy and Devyn welcome Elizabeth Finkelstein, a preservationist, writer, and owner of Cheap Old Houses and Circa Houses, both wildly successful Instagram accounts. Elizabeth also writes the monthly real estate column for Country Living magazine. Through her work, Elizabeth tirelessly champions the preservation of old houses, and she has connected countless people with the fixer-upper of their dreams.

Duration:00:23:23

Old House Love Moves A Bungalow Part 2

5/27/2019
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In this episode, Stacy's long-time dream of talking to someone who has moved an old house comes true. Larissa and Kris Munsch moved a bungalow, affectionately titled, "The Governor" from Ness City Kansas to their farm 71 miles away. The process was just as exciting and nervewracking as you can imagine. Thousands of people became acquainted with the Governor's journey first via Larissa's wildly popular Instagram account, Old House Love. With over 100k followers, Larissa never set out to be...

Duration:00:23:58

Old House Love Moves A Bungalow Part 1

5/13/2019
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In this episode, Stacy's long-time dream of talking to someone who has moved an old house comes true. Larissa and Kris Munsch moved a bungalow, affectionately titled, "The Governor" from Ness City Kansas to their farm 71 miles away. The process was just as exciting and nervewracking as you can imagine. Thousands of people became acquainted with the Governor's journey first via Larissa's wildly popular Instagram account, Old House Love. With over 100k followers, Larissa never set out to be...

Duration:00:28:00

Devyn Knows a Thing or Two About Light Bulbs

4/22/2019
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Kelvins, watts, CRI, CFLs, LEDs. What does it all mean? In this episode, Devyn gives a history of the light bulb starting with the incandescent and ending up with his beloved LEDs. (It's true!) Memory lane is real, and we go there. Later in the episode, Devyn completely demystifies the overwhelming light bulb aisle for Stacy and anyone else who can't figure out which bulb to buy for their antique fixtures.

Duration:00:40:58

Scott Sidler Dances His Way into Historic Preservation

4/8/2019
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In this Episode, Devyn and Stacy have a blast interviewing Scott Sidler from Austin Historical and The Craftsman Blog. Learn about Scott's unique path into historic preservation, his favorite kind of restoration work, and what in the world is a house sandwich? Tangents include Disney World, NPR, and the pole in the middle of the stripping room at Scott's workshop. It's not what you think! (This episode is rated PG for one suggestive comment.)

Duration:00:24:39

Lead Safety And Regional Differences in Old Windows

3/25/2019
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In This episode, Devyn and I chat briefly about the Historic Homes Workshop. Then, Joe Hayes, from Hayes Window Restoration in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and I discuss lead-safe practices for homeowners and regional differences in old windows. Do we do a lot of episodes about window restoration? Yes, we do. Is this episode different than the rest? Yes, it is. Grab a pen and paper. There's some good information here.

Duration:00:24:54

Stacy and Devyn Talk About Hardwood Floors

3/11/2019
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In this episode, meet Stacy's new co-host, Devyn Caldwell from OurPhillyRow.com. Devyn and Stacy discuss a brief history of hardwood floors and review three modern, but historically respectful floor refinishing products.

Duration:00:39:02

Steve Quillian's Artisan Army

2/7/2019
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In this episode, Steve Quillian, CEO, Craftsman and Historic Preservationist visits with me about his mission to spread joy and reverence for Historic Preservation and restoring old windows. Inspired by his ancestors and a love for community and helping others, Steve started something called the Artisan Army. He knows that as one person he can only accomplish so much, but an army of trained artisans will fan out across the USA and beyond to save historic windows and the preservation trades.

Duration:00:20:26

Debbie's Little Piece of History is Haunted

10/27/2018
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Ever since Debbie was eight years old, she has been passionate about Civil War History. So, imagine how happy it made her to buy a documented safe house on one of the routes of the Underground Railroad. Debbie was not in her dream house for long before unusual incidents began. Many people dismiss the unexplained, but she knew exactly what was happening. It turns out that Debbie's little piece of history is haunted.

Duration:00:26:17

Blake Hill House - Old Windows: Restore or Replace?

9/27/2018
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Repair or replace those old windows? Which side of the debate do you land on? In this episode, Stacy talks about all the window work in BHH, and common sense rules she follows for restoration. Also, How many windows are there in her big old house? (It's a shocking amount!) The special guest on episode #2 is Ty McBride, CEO of Wood Window Rescue, in Oklahoma City. Ty discusses how he got started in the preservation trade, why he wants us all to restore instead of replace original windows,...

Duration:00:28:07