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1930s American Foursquare

comments (1) March 2nd, 2009 in Project Gallery
ahendel ahendel, member


We bought a 1930 American Foursquare in 2006 which we are still restoring and updating. There was only one outlet on the second floor in the hallway for 4 bedrooms & 1 bathroom! The house had the original plaster and lath, windows, no insulation, knob & tube wiring, and all woodwork. The only update was to the kitchen back in the 60s or 70s and aluminum siding. It wasn’t even repainted as the ceiling paint was all over the floor.

 

We combined 2 bedrooms (each appox. 13ft x 12ft with 8ft ceilings) to turn into a Master Bedroom. The floors had to be re-leveled and strengthened due to inadequate framing. We gave some of the footage to the very small bathroom which we are still working on. We built in a closet using the original bedroom doors and vaulted the ceiling which included the dormer from the attic. We installed a stained glass window from a Victorian and added 1930s French doors for the bedroom entrance that we found antiquing. Both needed to be restored. Since we are on a budget and wanted to keep as much of the original materials as possible, we restored and reused all original woodwork (floors, trim and doors). All the wood was finished in varnish and shellac. In updating the electrical system, we kept the push button switches and added more throughout the house.

 

Next up is the bathroom and finish the exterior with cedar shakes!


Design or Plan used: My Own Design
posted in: Project Gallery, energy efficiency, remodeling, framing, insulation, finish carpentry, restorations, bathroom, siding, paint, bedroom

Comments (1)

dicker dicker writes: my wife and i recently purchased an american four square style home. There is currently no existing porch and would like to build one. I am wondering if there is a good site that would show some good examples of porches for this style home.

Chris Dickinson

Orangeville Ontario
Posted: 10:19 pm on January 16th

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