Where to Start on a Renovation Project?

It is finally official!  Last Monday, we closed on the old house that will become our 2014 renovation project! It is a little funny.  Getting to the closing on this property was no small feat.  However, it is very obvious that we are just at the very beginning of a lot of hard work, money, and free dinners and drinks going to helpful friends. Last time, we posted pictures of the outside of the property.  Today, we will share some...

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Post the Most Contest

Attention Historic Building Archives Friends and Followers! We have great news for Historic Building Archives users!  Every month, we will be giving away a prize to the user who “posts the most” NEW listings of OLD buildings to Historic Building Archives. Since we are in late November, users can start adding listings now and at the end of December, the Historic Building Archives user who posts the most will be our December...

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A Big Renovation Project for 2014

If all goes as planned, we will be the proud owners of this cute little brick home located at 2044 Grande Avenue SE by the end of this calendar year!  And as you may imagine, that is when the fun will really start with this project! Hopefully, you will all agree by looking at these pictures that this home has potential…or great bones.  But you can also see that there is A LOT of work that will need to be done. Here is a fairly...

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Will Entrepreneurism Save Our Old Buildings?

I can’t really say that my career is about old buildings.  I am not an architect.  I am not a historian.  But I am passionate about old buildings.  I love them! Lucky for me, my real job and life are surrounded by old buildings.  My business partner and I opened Shores Event Center in September 2011.  Shores Event Center is housed in a 101-year old historic building in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  Many years ago, the building was home to the...

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Jury Duty Isn’t So Bad

When it is served with a historic courthouse! Recently, I had the opportunity to serve on a jury.  I will admit, when I received the summons and later when I received confirmation that I would need to show up, I was irritated and put out. However, after being selected to serve on a jury, I now am thrilled to have experienced this (and believe it is something everyone should get to do at least once in their life).  And, at least for...

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Things to Do With Old Door Knobs

Selecting Your Door Knobs For this project, you can actually choose old door knobs, old faucet handles, or anything other cool, old item that will allow you to hang stuff on it. I happen to like old door knobs and they may be a little easier to find.  I was making a towel rack for the bathroom but this same concept would be great for a coat rack, organizer, etc. The door knobs I had to work with had an approximately 3/8” fine threaded...

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