Owning an old house is daunting! It can be hard to figure out where to start on your laundry list of projects, and what should be restored vs. demo’d & replaced – enter, Scott Sidler. For Scott old houses are not just a passion they’re a career.
In 2010 Scott started his own historic restoration company, Austin Historical, and then stepped it up in 2012 becoming a State Licensed Residential Contractor. By 2018 his company was restoring over $2,000,000 a year of historic buildings nationwide!.
Scott runs The Craftsman Blog where he shares tons of in-depth knowledge regarding historical buildings- so readers can learn how to fix and restore their own homes. He’s also the author of a multitude of books on restoration, two of which are #1 Amazon Bestsellers.
Scott’s a big believer in reading and learning to reach that next level of confidence- and we’re thrilled to have him as our guest instructor!
If you’re ready to expand your knowledge on historical restoration, upkeep and common mistakes- press play now!
HOW DO YOU DETERMINE IF A HOME IS HISTORIC?
Technically, 50 years or older.
WHAT ARE THE 5 WORST MISTAKES OF HISTORIC HOMEOWNERS?
- Window replacement. People replace windows that can last forever with windows that will last 10 years.
- Wood flooring. People are covering up really desirable wood.
- Wood siding. People replace with vinyl or aluminum siding.
- Plaster. People don’t seem to understand it, but it’s much greener and more durable.
- Energy efficiency. People pump in the walls with insolation and it causes rot (just one example). You need to be careful when you do upgrades on an old house.
WHEN YOU HAVE A HOME THAT REQUIRES A LOT OF RENOVATION, WHERE DO YOU START?
Scott compares the renovation to a sandwich. The bread is the roof and the foundation. Roof always comes first. The meat is siding, windows, doors and carpentry repairs (keep the water out!)- then you can do the inside as budget permits.
Clean up your window hardware. Here’s one of Scott’s tutorials: https://thecraftsmanblog.com/how-to-restore-varnished-window-sash/
The Craftsman Blog: https://thecraftsmanblog.com