Nightmares of Period Homes
June 23, 2007 Nouveau hosted a booth at the
First Annual Old House Fair at the Architectural
Heritage Center in Portland. We asked booth
attendees to describe their worst remodeling
nightmare for their period homes (or those of
their friends). Here's a compilation.
1913 kitchen was remodeled in the 70s: dropped
ceiling, cheap wood paneling, orange Plexiglas,
on vinyl siding over wood siding, Replaced original
cabinets with fab-wood, amateur sanding of fir
friend remodeled her whole house in Country
Kitchen style. So much plaid!
hardwood floors over hardwood floors, each laid
in a different direction.
tile counter install: tile lines didnt
match, installer was a paranoid schizophrenic.
a window with light squares (wood) replaced
with vinyl, I hate it!
Jacuzzi tub in period bathroom.
and over again, a remodel that removed a major
structural element and did not replace it.
they thought no one would ever want to pull
up their mauve carpeting, so they didnt
bother putting a drop cloth when they painted:
white footprints were all over the hardwood
that dont fit with the current architecture,
2X3 Sawzall cut in the main joist to put a thin
furnace wire though the floor.
broke out concrete in driveway and sidewalk.
It snowed the next day. The driveway was not
graded to the street, and concrete and water
backed up into garage and the neighbors
wall: drywall covering the wing window on either
side of the fireplace, they were on the outside
but not on the inside!
boxed in upper floor. No architectural
previous owner turned the library into a powder
room. It looked like a bowling alley with a
toilet in the corner!
OF OUR FAVORITE ANSWERS:
switch in the shower.
builder ordered materials for his house,
on my job.
cape cod remodel, when we first arrived a barn
owl was flying around the second story and it
took tennis rackets to send him out.
out under a house until it fell in.
carpet up the walls to serve as baseboard.
OUR FAVORITE ANSWER:
much to mention. By the time we got to it, it
was more of an exorcism than a remodel.
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