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.
House Crashing in Historic St. Joseph, Missouri
For today's special field trip episode, Stacy travels to historic St. Joseph, Missouri, to visit John Rodgers of Phoenix Preservation. Stacy and John chat about his path to the trades, what he wishes old house owners would stop doing, and the special camaraderie within the old house community.
Also, Ashley Goldman and Stacy revisit a past listener question about simple and inexpensive ways to increase property value.
Choosing House Paint Colors With Expert Help
One of the most popular old house questions is, “What color should I paint my house?” Kristine Teno from Teno Interiors is here with some tips and ideas for choosing an exterior paint color you’ll love.
Also, Alex from Old Town Home is back to help answer a listener question about the first steps of project planning.
The Oldest Street in the US: Elfreth's Alley
In this episode, Stacy learns about Elfreth's Alley, the nation's oldest residential street, which is located in Philadelphia. She chats with Ted Maust, director of the Elfreth's Alley Museum, and long-time residents of the alley, Rob and Sue Kettell.
Also, Bill from Enon Hall is back to help Stacy answer a listener question about adding modern amenities, such as kitchens and baths, into old houses.
What Style is That? Identifying Old American Architecture
In this episode, Stacy chats with Karyn Norwood, an architectural historian and teacher. Karyn founded the popular Instagram account, What Style is That? an educational and fun side-project where she photographs, identifies, and labels the defining features of old American architecture.
Also, Stacy and Ashley discuss when, and if it’s ever ok to “fake” historic features using modern replacements.
Demystifying Linseed Oil Paint with Natalie from Earth and Flax
In this episode, Stacy asks Natalie Yon-Eriksson from Earth and Flax all the linseed oil paint questions she’s been wondering about over the years. Is it easy to use? How is it made? What are the benefits and limitations of linseed oil paint? Natalie has the answers to all of those questions and plenty more.
Also, Stacy and Alex from Old Town Home discuss the best first project to tackle when you buy an old house.
Town Historian Robert Goller
In this, the 50th episode, Stacy is on location visiting Robert Goller, historian for the town of Aurora and village of East Aurora, New York. Robert discusses researching the history of an old house and how local lore can become the last word even when the stories are incorrect. Additionally, Robert talks about documenting and sharing uncomfortable history with accuracy and sensitivity.
At the beginning of this episode, Stacy and Bill from Enon Hall discuss managing anxiety and old house ownership.
Love this podcast
This podcast has really helped me to feel better about the old house project I have coming up. So much good information, I look forward to every episode
What a wonderful podcast
Stacy has developed a great podcast that is a perfect mix of old-house-loving conversation an educational restoration information. Always engaging and a fun listen!
Love this show
So much great info on this show and entertaining to boot. If you own and old house, or any house or you just like old houses you should listen.