True Tales From Old Houses

True Tales From Old Houses

True Tales From Old Houses is a light-hearted, entertaining, and educational show for lovers of old houses and buildings, DIYers, history buffs, and restoration and preservation junkies. Available bi-weekly, host Stacy Grinsfelder shares personal project updates, listener Q & A, and interviews with engaging old house owners, restoration professionals, and craftspeople.

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May 9, 2022 48 min

In today’s episode, Lindsay Jones from Blind Eye Restoration joins Stacy for Q&A. They've got bathroom remodeling on their minds as they talk about identifying poor-quality work and other problems lurking behind finished walls and floors. And later, Leslie Brians from the Pines Preservations Guild in North Carolina explains the ins and outs of Historic Districts and what they mean for homeowners.

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In today’s episode, Stacy and Alex discuss how they would handle the renovation of their old houses if money were no object. And later, Stacy chats with Nick Slavik, owner of the Nick Slavik Painting and Restoration company and the host of a weekly online social media show called Ask a Painter Live. Nick is also a business innovator and one of the most energetic and passionate people Stacy has ever hosted on the show.

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April 11, 2022 69 min

In today's episode, you'll meet Melissa & Matt Dunphy. Melissa and Matt are privy diggers, amateur archaeologists, and hosts of The Boghouse Podcast.

Also, during Q&A, Alex offers some excellent advice about updating the heating and cooling systems in your old house.

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In this episode, Stacy invites Alex from Old Town Home to help her answer the listener question, "How do you replace knob and tube wiring without destroying plaster walls? And later, Stacy chats with Alison Hardy, who launched the window restoration company Window Woman of New England nearly 20 years ago.

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March 14, 2022 62 min

In today’s episode, you’ll meet Jaya. He and his wife bought an abandoned farmhouse house in Japan that he is bringing back to life. 

Also, Stacy and Dianne talk about the Scotland and Northern Ireland tour that Stacy is hosting in summer 2022.

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In today's episode, Stacy talks to fire chief Roger LeBlanc about how long we really have to get out of a burning house, plus he shares his best fire safety advice for old house owners.

Also, Stacy chats with Natalie Heneghan, the education manager of Rethos: Places Reimagined, a non-profit dedicated to supporting homeowners through DIY education and reimagining old buildings.

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During this final episode of season six, Stacy welcomes Dave Mertz, program chair of the Building Preservation Program at Belmont College in St. Clairsville, Ohio.

Also, Stacy offers several end-of-season updates, including the season seven listener question and a big travel announcement. 

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January 3, 2022 52 min

Do you need to hire an architect? In today's episode, Stacy talks to Katelyn Parker from Bungalow Roots in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Katelyn explains how architects can help owners of old houses make sympathetic changes for modern life. Furthermore, she describes how architects, engineers, and designers differ. 

Also, Stacy and John Rodgers discuss their favorite paints and stains. Spoiler, John's favorite isn't paint at all. 

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December 20, 2021 59 min

In today's episode, Stacy enjoys a conversation with Joe Peterson, longtime listener, first-time guest. Joe is at the tail end of restoring his childhood home, an authentic farmhouse in New Brunswick, Canada.

Also, Stacy talks to Aaron, founder of the Plunjr app. They discuss ways to avoid plumbing disasters, especially during the holidays. 

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December 6, 2021 51 min

On today's show, recorded in front of a live audience in Hudson Valley, New York, Stacy chats with Susan and William Brinson from House of Brinson. Eight years ago, Susan and Will left New York City and bought Stony Ford, a large country estate with a rich and colorful history.  

Also, Devyn Caldwell is back for another Listener Q&A. He and Stacy discuss when and if the layout of an old house should be changed to better sui...

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On today’s show, the first in front of a live audience in beautiful Hudson Valley, New York, Stacy talks to the always hilarious Daniel Kanter about revitalizing his community through the Kingston City Land Bank.

Also, Stacy meets her previous co-host Devyn Caldwell, in person for the first time, and they answer the listener question together.

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November 8, 2021 55 min

In today’s episode, you’ll meet artist Leisa Collins. Leisa traveled across the United States, creating paintings of old homes and buildings along the way. She turned her art into a beautiful coffee table book filled with love and reverence for history and architecture. 

Also, Stacy and Alex share some resources for hard-to-find hardware and supplies. 

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October 25, 2021 63 min

In this episode, Stacy wonders, If you inherit a ghost, do you have to keep it? Guests Denise, Molly, and Brianna, share three different paranormal experiences that pique Stacy's curiosity about that moral conundrum. October is ghost story month, so get ready for some goosebumps.

Also, during listener Q&A, Stacy discusses plaster repair basics with Alex from Old Town Home.

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In this episode, Stacy welcomes Architect Keith Stachowiak from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Three years ago, Keith and his wife Elisa bought a former funeral home to convert into their primary residence. Keith's story is the first of two spooky, fun October shows.

Also, during listener Q&A, Stacy admits her greatest fears about buying Blake Hill House.

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September 27, 2021 56 min

In today’s episode, Stacy is thrilled to welcome back Elizabeth Finkelstein from the wildly popular Instagram Account and recent HGTV and Discovery+ TV Series, Cheap Old Houses.

Also, during listener Q&A, Stacy welcomes back John Rodgers. Stacy and John discuss managing expectations with contractors.

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September 13, 2021 58 min

On today's episode, Stacy enjoys a conversation with Greg, a fun-loving Brit best known as Man with a Hammer, on Instagram. 

Also, during listener Q&A, Stacy welcomes back John Rodgers. Stacy and John discuss ways to find a good contractor. 

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In this episode, Steve Jordan, preservation specialist, author of The Window Sash Bible, and longtime contributing editor to Old House Journal, talks about a lifetime of work in the building trades and offers helpful do-it-yourself advice too. 

Also, Stacy and Christopher Hewitt share plumbing tips during listener Q&A.

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July 19, 2021 45 min

In this episode, Stacy chats with Christopher Hewitt. Christopher started My Old House fix, a blog, website, and Facebook group to offer a place for old house owners to find the answers to their DIY questions and dilemmas.

Also, Stacy discusses spontaneous combustion and safety.

 

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Stacy is away for the long holiday weekend. So, for today's episode, she's sharing previously recorded content that never aired, including more information about writing historic register nominations, the importance of documenting your projects with notes and photos, and what it’s like to be a kid growing up in an old house. 

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In this episode, Stacy chats with Amy, who now lives in Detroit, Michigan. Amy and her husband relocated to the US from Toronto, Canada, and she talks about the triumphs and hurdles of falling in love with an old house and pursuing homeownership in a new country. 

Also, during listener Q & A, Stacy and Alex discuss some different ways to acquire DIY skills.

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