bklynwebgrrl (bklynwebgrrl) wrote in quirksandsauce,

Hello, my name is Suzanne and I own an old-arse house.

I found this group via someone who had posted in either the saucy dwellings list or the vintage hairdo LJ list. I'm also on oldhouses and thisoldthing, also on LJ. I'm always chatting with the fine people on the pre-1900 house owner forum on oldhouseweb.com. That site is actually a fabulous resource for materials and know-how. The people there are very supportive because sometimes you need a shoulder to cry on when your subflooring has just given way or you discover mystery plumbing in your basement. It's also nice to know you're not alone and maybe your house isn't as bad as it could be.

Anyway, my relationship with old houses began as a child. I have never liked new anything and I'm a firm believer in preservation. So when the time came, there was no way at all I was going to buy a new house, new being anything after 1950. I used to live in Brooklyn, NY, in a building from 1874, so that was my barometer for age of dwelling. Nothing newer. When we first entertained leaving NY, I only looked at areas with lots of old houses. Philly wasn't my first choice but when I found out you can have an urban lifestyle and a really old house at the same time, I was hooked. We'll be celebrating our first year here in February.

Our little house is a two and a half story attached house that thinks it's a Trinity. A Trinity is a three-story house with one room on each floor and is very popular here in Philly. We do have only one room on each floor but technically one floor is a basement and one an attic. It does have the stacked, open plan of a Trinity with the only doors being the bathroom or closet. Our house is one in a row although not a true row house, as it most likely pre-dates row house development in America. We think it was built in the 1830s but we're not sure. It's Federal style which, in Philly, could be anywhere from 1750 to 1875 apparently. Electric and plumbing are not native to the house but they did a good job in the renovation so we don't have to worry about that too much, although when we change a light switch, it often affects several other switches throughout the house in random fashion and takes some detective work to get everything working again.

See my house - http://www.philafleur.com/projects/house.html.

Anyway, it's nice to meet kindred spirits in the world of old home ownership!
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