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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

My Old House Fix

7/19/2021
In this episode, Stacy chats with Christopher Hewitt. Christopher started My Old House fix, a blog, website, and Facebook group to offer a place for old house owners to find the answers to their DIY questions and dilemmas. Also, Stacy discusses spontaneous combustion and safety.

Duration:00:45:27

Bonus: Old House Segments from the Archives

7/5/2021
Stacy is away for the long holiday weekend. So, for today's episode, she's sharing previously recorded content that never aired, including more information about writing historic register nominations, the importance of documenting your projects with notes and photos, and what it’s like to be a kid growing up in an old house.

Duration:00:19:27

From Toronto to Detroit: An Old House Story

6/21/2021
In this episode, Stacy chats with Amy, who now lives in Detroit, Michigan. Amy and her husband relocated to the US from Toronto, Canada, and she talks about the triumphs and hurdles of falling in love with an old house and pursuing homeownership in a new country. Also, during listener Q & A, Stacy and Alex discuss some different ways to acquire DIY skills.

Duration:00:46:49

House Crashing in Historic St. Joseph, Missouri

6/7/2021
For today's special field trip episode, Stacy travels to historic St. Joseph, Missouri, to visit John Rodgers of Phoenix Preservation. Stacy and John chat about his path to the trades, what he wishes old house owners would stop doing, and the special camaraderie within the old house community. Also, Ashley Goldman and Stacy revisit a past listener question about simple and inexpensive ways to increase property value.

Duration:00:55:14

Choosing House Paint Colors With Expert Help

5/24/2021
One of the most popular old house questions is, “What color should I paint my house?” Kristine Teno from Teno Interiors is here with some tips and ideas for choosing an exterior paint color you’ll love. Also, Alex from Old Town Home is back to help answer a listener question about the first steps of project planning.

Duration:00:51:28

The Oldest Street in the US: Elfreth's Alley

5/10/2021
In this episode, Stacy learns about Elfreth's Alley, the nation's oldest residential street, which is located in Philadelphia. She chats with Ted Maust, director of the Elfreth's Alley Museum, and long-time residents of the alley, Rob and Sue Kettell. Also, Bill from Enon Hall is back to help Stacy answer a listener question about adding modern amenities, such as kitchens and baths, into old houses.

Duration:00:53:42

What Style is That? Identifying Old American Architecture

4/26/2021
In this episode, Stacy chats with Karyn Norwood, an architectural historian and teacher. Karyn founded the popular Instagram account, What Style is That? an educational and fun side-project where she photographs, identifies, and labels the defining features of old American architecture. Also, Stacy and Ashley discuss when, and if it’s ever ok to “fake” historic features using modern replacements.

Duration:00:53:15

Demystifying Linseed Oil Paint with Natalie from Earth and Flax

4/12/2021
In this episode, Stacy asks Natalie Yon-Eriksson from Earth and Flax all the linseed oil paint questions she’s been wondering about over the years. Is it easy to use? How is it made? What are the benefits and limitations of linseed oil paint? Natalie has the answers to all of those questions and plenty more. Also, Stacy and Alex from Old Town Home discuss the best first project to tackle when you buy an old house.

Duration:00:59:01

Town Historian Robert Goller

3/29/2021
In this, the 50th episode, Stacy is on location visiting Robert Goller, historian for the town of Aurora and village of East Aurora, New York. Stacy and Robert discuss methods for researching the history of an old house and how local lore often becomes the last word even when the stories are incorrect. Additionally, Robert talks about the importance of documenting and sharing uncomfortable history with accuracy and sensitivity. At the beginning of this episode, Stacy and Bill from Enon Hall...

Duration:00:54:51

Paint Talk With Scott From The Craftsman Blog

3/15/2021
In this episode, Stacy welcomes back long-time friend of the show, Scott Sidler, from The Craftsman Blog. Stacy and Scott discuss the high-quality formulas hidden behind the paint store counter and best practices for a beautiful, long-lasting finish. Scott wraps up the show with info about his new self-paced window restoration course for DIYers. Stacy and Lindsay from Blind Eye Restoration also discuss their favorite modern products compatible with old house projects.

Duration:01:04:04

On Location at The Tool Library, Buffalo, New York

3/1/2021
In this episode, Stacy and Bill from Enon Hall discuss momentum and maintaining enthusiasm for long-term projects. Later, Stacy is on location at The Tool Library in Buffalo, New York. The city of Buffalo is comprised of around 90% old house inventory. Guests Darren and Maddie explain The Tool Library’s origins and how the sharing economy benefits renters, homeowners, and communities.

Duration:00:51:20

Lindsay Jones: Blind Eye Restoration

2/15/2021
In this episode, Stacy and Ashley from The Gold Hive discuss oddball additions to historic structures. Later, Stacy welcomes Lindsay Jones from Blind Eye Restoration, a woman-owned architectural conservation company in Columbus, Ohio. Lindsay shares about preservation from a construction perspective.

Duration:00:56:15

Laine and Kevin Berry: Our Restoration Nation

2/1/2021
In this first episode of Season five, Stacy is flying solo. Feeling lonely, she invites a past podcast guest to join her for listener Q&A. Later, she talks to Laine and Kevin Berry of Our Restoration Nation about their preservation projects and life post-Louise, the Big Little House in Louisville, Georgia.

Duration:00:50:17

Stephen and David: Driven by Curiosity

12/21/2020
In Devyn's final episode as co-host, he and Stacy discuss their house goals for 2021. Later, they welcome Stephen and David St. Russel, owners of a Boston-area Victorian. Driven by boundless energy and curiosity, Stephen and David talk about adding character back to the shell of a house they bought, the One Room Challenge, and beekeeping.

Duration:00:42:25

Karolyn's Childhood Dream Comes True

12/7/2020
In this episode, Stacy and Devyn discuss how they determine which work to DIY and which to hire out. Safety first! Later, they welcome Karolyn Fuller, also known as Lady Dukart, on Instagram. As a child, Karolyn biked the backroads around her rural home, exploring abandoned old houses and daydreaming about restoring one of her own. Now, her dream has come true. Through her camera's lens, Karolyn sees beauty in the process, not just the glossy after photos. show notes & transcripts

Duration:00:40:47

Ward Schraeder: HGTV's Bargain Mansions and Dad Advice

11/23/2020
In this episode, Stacy and Devyn discuss their favorite features of their old houses. Later, they seek common ground with Ward Schraeder, co-host of HGTV's Bargain Mansions. Can they find it? Will you? show notes & transcripts

Duration:00:44:40

Richard to the Stained Glass Rescue

11/9/2020
In this episode, Stacy and Devyn discuss building products and techniques they'd bring back to the mainstream as well as modern construction materials they happily use instead. Later, they welcome Richard Cann from the UK. Richard rescues stained glass windows from the dump and sells them as art pieces. Richard offers a fascinating look into the process of making art glass as well as the modern beliefs that lead people to replace British history with "plastic toy windows." At the end of...

Duration:00:42:44

Gary is Still Rude and Other Ghost Stories

10/26/2020
Big news! Today kicks off the fall fundraising merchandise event. True Tales From Old Houses, tees, and hoodies are available for a limited time. Visit TrueTalesFromOldHouses.com for purchase information as well as show notes and transcripts from this episode. In this episode, Devyn and Stacy revisit past projects to report on how they’ve held up over the years. Later, Stacy finally shares the experience that converted her from a total skeptic to “maybe sort of a believer, but let’s not...

Duration:00:59:29

Too Random to be a Coincidence

10/12/2020
In this episode, Stacy and Devyn talk about their favorite DIY tasks related to old houses. Later, guest John Harrington kicks off the October ghost story series. His story is a tale of items lost and then found in the most serendipitous ways. For more information and transcripts, visit the show notes on TrueTalesFromOldHouses.com.

Duration:00:31:32

Enon Hall: In It for the Long Haul Part II

9/28/2020
In this episode, Devyn and Stacy talk about how their families feel about their dedication to old houses. Later, they welcome Bill Chapman. Known as the "Granddaddy of the house blog movement," Bill and his wife Gay have been restoring and rehabbing Enon Hall for over 20 years! This episode is part two of two, and today's focus is on Bill's favorite projects and burnout.

Duration:00:37:03