Old houses in need of repair

IMG_0087Old houses require constant maintenance and you have to love them to put up with the cost and then there are further issues to find the right tradespeople and craftspeople to give you quality restoration work.

We have lived in this post Federation ‘Queenslander’ house for 18 years, we only intended to live in it for around 8 years but we liked it so much we stayed. We had tried to sell it two years ago and as real estate is still in the doldrums we took it off the open market.

But in the meantime when there is a problem we get right onto it, like the window that nearly fell out recently after the wind slammed the front door one too many times.

I rang an old friend who used to have a glass business and he had retired so I started searching for someone to fix it. One craftsman I found in the phone book told me he was up north fixing up a church, to send him an email and he would get back to me, well I sent the email but he did not reply. So it was on to the next option of finding someone. John went into a restoration hardware store and was given the number of a fellow also named John. He turned out to be the answer. He came out, assessed it, gave us a quote and once we appointed him he returned with a glass disc he inserted as a temporary measure. I was so happy as it still let the light in the hallway whilst our panel was being restored. The phone book glass craftsman told me he would be inserting a panel of ply so I was much happier with John’s temporary alternative.IMG_0086

Here is John the glass artist with the panel all renewed, the glass is now cleaned and put it back in as though it had never left its home.

The design in our ‘high waisted’ front door, he tells me is a ‘Dog Rose’ but I cannot find any other examples of Dog Roses. The style is a really a combination of the Art Nouveau and Art Deco styles. All the original glass is still there but with one more slam all that glass would have landed on the floor.

IMG_0089The white version door the view from inside hallway. The Black version is the front door entry from the verandah.



  1. #1 by trevornd on April 28, 2013 - 2:07 am

    You’ve done a great job Roz!

  2. #2 by bmaryd on April 28, 2013 - 2:11 am

    You’ve done a great job Roz! A second comment because I accidentally signed in as TD…!

  3. #3 by Debra Kolkka on April 28, 2013 - 7:07 am

    What a gorgeous window. It is great that you have saved it.

  4. #4 by Celia @ Fig Jam and Lime Cordial on April 28, 2013 - 8:58 pm

    Beautiful Roz, I’m so glad you found a true craftsman to make it for you!

  5. #5 by Paule Caillat on April 30, 2013 - 9:47 am

    Impeccable taste, as always

  6. #6 by Glenda on April 30, 2013 - 3:37 pm

    Hi Roz. I know what it is like with old houses. Our clay tiled roof has sunk. I am building up to replacing it

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