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Old 07-21-2012, 10:42 AM
 
Location: San Diego
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I live in a 1910 house designed by Atlee B. Ayres. I love just about every square inch of this house, but the main staircase makes my heart race.
That staircase is one of the most beautifully designed as I have ever seen- stunning! You are lucky to live in such a beautiful house with details like that, and even more so to truly appreciate them.
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Old 07-23-2012, 08:50 AM
 
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Cool thread, love that staircase!

We moved into our dream house last year just about this time, so i must say there are lots of features we love about our house, but the three i like the most are the

Yard/Landscaping/Privacy



The fireplace hearth which we just had a wood stove installed.



And the colonial style architecture

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Old 07-24-2012, 12:02 AM
 
Location: San Diego
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^^^
Real nice- love the trellis and the great barn red color. It's funny, I'm not at all a fan of the ubiquitous builder colonials of the east coast (two story boxes), but properly proportioned and classically, simply detailed Capes or Georgians like yours are wonderful.
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Old 07-24-2012, 06:17 AM
 
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Real nice- love the trellis and the great barn red color. It's funny, I'm not at all a fan of the ubiquitous builder colonials of the east coast (two story boxes), but properly proportioned and classically, simply detailed Capes or Georgians like yours are wonderful.
Thanks, I also am not a huge fan of colonials, but there is something about a cape that I am in love with, probably the fact that I grew up in one.

There is also an oversized detached garage styled like a barn on the property which really was the main selling point for me
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Old 07-25-2012, 08:40 PM
 
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Nice garage.
I have murals. That's it. We built our house, and my husband said I could build whatever I wanted as long as it was colonial, a square or rectangle and had no bay windows or fancy woodwork. The family joke is that good old dad would be happy in the back of a cave.
I made my home special by painting murals, employing colors well and establishing a garden.
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Old 07-27-2012, 10:10 AM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan and Sometimes Orange County CA
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Sometimes houses designed to be painted are unsuitable for stripping. IN one houe we stripped a staircase just to find the wood was not suitable for staining. It was meant to be painted. Not to mention Calcimine paint (or however you spell it) cannot be fully removed if the wood was not varnished first. The paint sinks into and colors the grain.

Those two houses from earlier are stunning.

Our house is too old to have neat fatures like that. It was an 1836 pioneer farm house and added on to in 1850 and 1868. It is hard to tell what was put in when.

The neatest feautre to me is the history. It was used to trade sugar, flour, gunpowder and manufactured goods from the east with Indians for furs, pottery, and the like. It was the first postmaster house in our area, so I guess you could call it the post office (no post office back then). It was used as a blind pig during prohibition.

Probably the next neatest thing is the framing in the old part of the house It is brace framed using beams roughly 12" x 12" THey vary in size and you cna see the axe marks in them from final shaping. The whole thing is pegged together with wooden pegs.



The other thing that is neat is the warren of hallways, doors and porches resulting fomr the varios additions over the years. There are 8 exterior doors, about 90' of frint/side porch, two stairways. . . When our kids were little, it was perfect for crazy chase games, nerf gun battles, hide and seek and the like. You can go up one stair down anohter, out a side door onto the porch and around to the front door. All of the rooms connect, every room leads to some other room. THe basement also has an old fashioned exterior stairway and a later added interior stairway, so you cna go down the basmenet stairs and come back up outside and then in through another door.

Most of the neat features were added when we restored the house (secret room int he kitchen, hand crafted tile on the fireplace, etc.

I will try to figure out how to post some photos later. However we have nothing as ornate as the pictures above. Still it is pretty neat.
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Old 07-30-2012, 12:06 PM
 
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I live in a 1910 house designed by Atlee B. Ayres. I love just about every square inch of this house, but the main staircase makes my heart race.
Oh my gosh, I LOVE this! Gorgeous!
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Old 07-30-2012, 12:24 PM
 
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Coldjensens, your house sounds really interesting. It would be so much fun to go through and see a house with so much history and how nice you own it!
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Old 08-21-2012, 10:43 AM
 
Location: Nesconset, NY
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A backlit onyx countertop that I designed in my half bath.
Very nice. I haven't seen anything like it before.
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Old 08-21-2012, 10:44 AM
 
Location: Nesconset, NY
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I live in a 1910 house designed by Atlee B. Ayres. I love just about every square inch of this house, but the main staircase makes my heart race.
I agree. The spindles really make it.
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