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True Tales From Old Houses

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True Tales From Old Houses is a light-hearted, entertaining, and educational show for lovers of old houses and buildings, DIYers, history buffs, and restoration and preservation junkies. Available bi-weekly, host Stacy Grinsfelder shares personal project updates, listener Q & A, and interviews with engaging old house owners, restoration professionals, and craftspeople.

True Tales From Old Houses is a light-hearted, entertaining, and educational show for lovers of old houses and buildings, DIYers, history buffs, and restoration and preservation junkies. Available bi-weekly, host Stacy Grinsfelder shares personal project updates, listener Q & A, and interviews with engaging old house owners, restoration professionals, and craftspeople.

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True Tales From Old Houses is a light-hearted, entertaining, and educational show for lovers of old houses and buildings, DIYers, history buffs, and restoration and preservation junkies. Available bi-weekly, host Stacy Grinsfelder shares personal project updates, listener Q & A, and interviews with engaging old house owners, restoration professionals, and craftspeople.

Language:

English


Episodes

Restoring Your Historic House with Scott Hanson and A Relocation Disagreement

9/26/2022
In today’s episode, Stacy and John Rodgers disagree during Q&A when a listener asks if she should abandon city life for a big old house in the country. And then later, Stacy chats with Scott Hanson, author of Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners. They talk about his award-winning book, and how Scott introduces modern updates into his 19th-century home in Maine. To request a transcript of this episode, please reach out via the contact page. PLEASE SUPPORT...

Brad's Cheap Old Lake House and Understanding Efflorescence

9/12/2022
In today's episode, Stacy visits the Silver Lake Institute, a small lake cottage community with a fascinating religious camp past. Brad and Stacy discuss his latest project house and the evolving history of the institute. Note: Brad's first house, a small bungalow, was featured on an episode of Cheap Old Houses on HGTV. Also, Andy deGruchy from Limeworks.us joins Stacy for listener Q&A. Andy explains what causes efflorescence on masonry, whether efflorescence damages brick and stone and how...

Duration:01:00:03

Preserving Cottages in Old Towne Orange

7/18/2022
In today's episode, Danny Moody from Pro Historical joins Stacy for listener Q&A. They discuss why so many old houses have aluminum-wrapped exterior trim and whether removing it is a good or bad idea. And later, Stacy chats with Hugh Siler. Hugh restores small cottages in the Old Towne District of Orange, California. His eye for detail and unique take on preservation makes these homes highly sought after as long-term rentals. To request a transcript of this episode, please reach out via...

Duration:00:53:29

Live From Florida

7/4/2022
In today's episode, live from Florida, Stacy chats with ten talented professionals involved in old house restoration. They discuss the mainstream shift they're seeing towards preservation and restoration and how they can continue to support positive change. To request a transcript of this episode, please reach out via the contact page. WE LOVE OUR SPONSORS The Window Course from Scott Sidler of The Craftsman Blog will teach you everything you need to know to restore your original wood...

Duration:00:39:10

Joe Thornton: Village Thatcher

6/20/2022
In today's episode, Stacy chats with Joe Thornton, a 2nd generation Master Thatcher from the charming Cotswolds region of England. Roof thatching is a trade that has been around for thousands of years. Also, Stacy and Jason Lamb discuss built-in box gutter basics. To request a transcript of this episode, please reach out via the contact page. PLEASE SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS The Window Course from Scott Sidler of The Craftsman Blog will teach you everything you need to know to restore your...

Duration:00:58:12

How Inheriting an Old House Changed Emily's Life

6/6/2022
In today’s episode, Stacy and Alex talk about ways to get your DIY groove back when you’re feeling overwhelmed. And later, Emily Heller talks about how inheriting a dilapidated old house changed the trajectory of her life, personal and professional. To request a transcript of this episode, please reach out via the contact page. WE LOVE OUR SPONSORS The Window Course from Scott Sidler of The Craftsman Blog will teach you everything you need to know to restore your original wood windows....

Duration:00:54:02

Meet Artisan Woodworker Paul Kenworthy

5/23/2022
In today’s episode, Stacy chats with artisan woodworker Paul Kenworthy. They discuss Paul’s design process and what motivates and inspires his craft. Also, Stacy and architect Katelyn Parker offer solutions for a listener struggling with a confusing front door situation. PLEASE SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS The Window Course from Scott Sidler of The Craftsman Blog will teach you everything you need to know to restore your original wood windows. For 10% off, use the coupon code truetales. Abatron...

Duration:00:43:45

Historic District Pros and Cons

5/9/2022
In today’s episode, Lindsay Jones from Blind Eye Restoration joins Stacy for Q&A. They've got bathroom remodeling on their minds as they talk about identifying poor-quality work and other problems lurking behind finished walls and floors. And later, Leslie Brians from the Pines Preservations Guild in North Carolina explains the ins and outs of Historic Districts and what they mean for homeowners. PLEASE SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS For 10% off The Window Course from Scott Sidler of The Craftsman...

Duration:00:48:34

Ask a Painter: Nick Slavik

4/25/2022
In today’s episode, Stacy and Alex discuss how they would handle the renovation of their old houses if money were no object. And later, Stacy chats with Nick Slavik, owner of the Nick Slavik Painting and Restoration company and the host of a weekly online social media show called Ask a Painter Live. Nick is also a business innovator and one of the most energetic and passionate people Stacy has ever hosted on the show. PLEASE SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS For 10% off The Window Course from Scott...

Duration:01:02:03

Amateur Archaeology at The Boghouse

4/11/2022
In today's episode, you'll meet Melissa & Matt Dunphy. Melissa and Matt are privy diggers, amateur archaeologists, and hosts of The Boghouse Podcast. Also, during Q&A, Alex offers some excellent advice about updating the heating and cooling systems in your old house. PLEASE SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS For 10% off The Window Course from Scott Sidler of The Craftsman Blog, use the coupon code truetales. Abatron manufacturers two of Stacy's favorite wood repair products, WoodEpox and LiquidWood....

Duration:01:09:14

Updating Knob and Tube and Alison Hardy, Window Woman of New England

3/28/2022
In this episode, Stacy invites Alex from Old Town Home to help her answer the listener question, "How do you replace knob and tube wiring without destroying plaster walls? And later, Stacy chats with Alison Hardy, who launched the window restoration company Window Woman of New England nearly 20 years ago. PLEASE SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS For 10% off The Window Course from Scott Sidler of The Craftsman Blog, use the coupon code truetales. Abatron manufacturers two of Stacy's favorite repair...

Duration:00:56:31

An Abandoned House Becomes a Home

3/14/2022
In today’s episode, you’ll meet Jaya. He and his wife bought an abandoned farmhouse house in Japan that he is bringing back to life. Also, Stacy and Dianne talk about the Scotland and Northern Ireland tour that Stacy is hosting in summer 2022. PLEASE SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS For 10% off The Window Course from Scott Sidler of The Craftsman Blog, use the coupon code truetales. Abatron manufacturers two of Stacy's favorite repair products, WoodEpox and LiquidWood. Use the coupon code...

Duration:01:02:50

Fire Safety Tips and Old Buildings Reimagined

2/28/2022
In today's episode, Stacy talks to fire chief Roger LeBlanc about how long we really have to get out of a burning house, plus he shares his best fire safety advice for old house owners. Also, Stacy chats with Natalie Heneghan, the education manager of Rethos: Places Reimagined, a non-profit dedicated to supporting homeowners through DIY education and reimagining old buildings. PLEASE SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS For 10% off The Window Course from Scott Sidler of The Craftsman Blog, use the coupon...

Duration:00:49:29

Hands-on Trades Education or a College Degree? Why Not Both?

1/17/2022
During this final episode of season six, Stacy welcomes Dave Mertz, program chair of the Building Preservation Program at Belmont College in St. Clairsville, Ohio. Also, Stacy offers several end-of-season updates, including the season seven listener question and a big travel announcement. PLEASE SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS For 10% off The Window Course from Scott Sidler of The Craftsman Blog, use the coupon code truetales. Download the Plunjr App to solve your plumbing problem with a licensed...

Duration:00:48:40

Do I Need to Hire an Architect?

1/3/2022
Do you need to hire an architect? In today's episode, Stacy talks to Katelyn Parker from Bungalow Roots in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Katelyn explains how architects can help owners of old houses make sympathetic changes for modern life. Furthermore, she describes how architects, engineers, and designers differ. Also, Stacy and John Rodgers discuss their favorite paints and stains. Spoiler, John's favorite isn't paint at all. PLEASE SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS For 10% off The Window Course from Scott...

Duration:00:51:26

Joe's Farmhouse in New Brunswick

12/20/2021
In today's episode, Stacy enjoys a conversation with Joe Peterson, longtime listener, first-time guest. Joe is at the tail end of restoring his childhood home, an authentic farmhouse in New Brunswick, Canada. Also, Stacy talks to Aaron, founder of the Plunjr app. They discuss ways to avoid plumbing disasters, especially during the holidays. PLEASE SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS For 10% off The Window Course from Scott Sidler of The Craftsman Blog, use the coupon code truetales. Download the Plunjr...

Duration:00:59:36

House of Brinson

12/6/2021
On today's show, recorded in front of a live audience in Hudson Valley, New York, Stacy chats with Susan and William Brinson from House of Brinson. Eight years ago, Susan and Will left New York City and bought Stony Ford, a large country estate with a rich and colorful history. Also, Devyn Caldwell is back for another Listener Q&A. He and Stacy discuss when and if the layout of an old house should be changed to better suit modern life. PLEASE SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS For 10% off The Window...

Duration:00:51:04

Daniel Kanter: Serial Volunteer and Champion of Old Houses

11/22/2021
On today’s show, the first in front of a live audience in beautiful Hudson Valley, New York, Stacy talks to the always hilarious Daniel Kanter about revitalizing his community through the Kingston City Land Bank. Also, Stacy meets her previous co-host Devyn Caldwell, in person for the first time, and they answer the listener question together. PLEASE SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS For 10% off The Window Course from Scott Sidler of The Craftsman Blog, use the coupon code truetales. Download the...

Duration:00:48:45

Leisa Collins Loves Art and Old Houses

11/8/2021
In today’s episode, you’ll meet artist Leisa Collins. Leisa traveled across the United States, creating paintings of old homes and buildings along the way. She turned her art into a beautiful coffee table book filled with love and reverence for history and architecture. Also, Stacy and Alex share some resources for hard-to-find hardware and supplies. SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS For 10% off The Window Course from Scott Sidler of The Craftsman Blog, use the coupon code truetales. Download the...

Duration:00:54:50

Are You Responsible for Your Ghost?

10/25/2021
In this episode, Stacy wonders, If you inherit a ghost, do you have to keep it? Guests Denise, Molly, and Brianna, share three different paranormal experiences that pique Stacy's curiosity about that moral conundrum. October is ghost story month, so get ready for some goosebumps. Also, during listener Q&A, Stacy discusses plaster repair basics with Alex from Old Town Home. SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS For 10% off The Window Course from Scott Sidler of The Craftsman Blog, use the coupon code...

Duration:01:03:25