I don’t think I’ll ever quite understand why people put that shingle-like siding on their house. It is not attractive. However, the after photo of this house is gorgeous! I absolutely love the color!
Asphault siding was fairly popular in the 40’s. Although ugly, it was great for weatherproofing and inexpensive..
Without the asphalt siding, our neighborhood would have lost many more houses. I removed a lot of the asphalt shingles while renovating and often found well preserved wooden siding underneath it.
but, it looks just like brick (if you squint real hard and turn around three times first). But seriously, Bill C.’s pretty much nailed it. It was put up to weatherproof and insulate, and probably did preserve the wood underneath.
About the house, though: why’d they lose the dormer? That and the loss of the chimney make this look not quite right. Even so it’s still a handsome old gal.
How long apart were these pictures taken?
The “before” is from between late 2003 and maybe 2005, the “after” is from this morning.
Roofing material is distracting. Understand the cost savings, but that makes one wonder about the overall quality of the renovation.
Metal roofing would have been much better than the shingles they used. They also removed several several windows along the side in addition to the chimneys and the dormer (though I’m not sure if these were things added over the years or if they were just removed to make things easier). Also, it’s goofy how the porch roof goes all the way up to the bottom of the windows above it. But it is still a lot better than many of the rehabs I’ve seen in the area.
love the red. miss the dormer, and the nice thick columns. looks good.
Maybe this is a great place to ask: don’t most houses have access to the attic space above? We don’t have one and were wondering if this is the norm or something overlooked during the rehab?
And how dangerous are warped walls, especially those in a bathroom right next to an old claw footed tub?
I have a house quite similar to this one. The original attic access is through the roof/ceiling of the closet in the master bedroom (it’s a hole about 1′ square). Smartly, someone put in a pull-down stairway in the upstairs hall about 10-20 years after the house was built.
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