80 episodes

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.

True Tales From Old Houses Stacy Grinsfelder

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    • 4.9 • 129 Ratings

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.

    Preserving Cottages in Old Towne Orange

    Preserving Cottages in Old Towne Orange

    In today's episode, Danny Moody from Pro Historical joins Stacy for listener Q&A. They discuss why so many old houses have aluminum-wrapped exterior trim and whether removing it is a good or bad idea.
    And later, Stacy chats with Hugh Siler. Hugh restores small cottages in the Old Towne District of Orange, California. His eye for detail and unique take on preservation makes these homes highly sought after as long-term rentals.
    To request a transcript of this episode, please reach out via the contact page.
    PLEASE SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS
    The Window Course from Scott Sidler of The Craftsman Blog will teach you everything you need to know to restore your original wood windows. For 10% off, use the coupon code truetales.
    Abatron manufacturers two of Stacy’s favorite wood repair products, WoodEpox and LiquidWood. Use the coupon code truetales10 to save 10% off your order from Abatron.com.

    • 53 min
    Live From Florida

    Live From Florida

    In today's episode, live from Florida, Stacy chats with ten talented professionals involved in old house restoration. They discuss the mainstream shift they're seeing towards preservation and restoration and how they can continue to support positive change. 
    To request a transcript of this episode, please reach out via the contact page.
    WE LOVE OUR SPONSORS
    The Window Course from Scott Sidler of The Craftsman Blog will teach you everything you need to know to restore your original wood windows. For 10% off, use the coupon code truetales.
    Abatron manufacturers two of Stacy's favorite wood repair products, WoodEpox and LiquidWood. Use the coupon code truetales10 to save 10% off your order from Abatron.com.
    Limeworks.US Plaster and Masonry products: Visit LimeWorks.us to learn more about their products and services for your next historic restoration project.

    • 39 min
    Joe Thornton: Village Thatcher

    Joe Thornton: Village Thatcher

    In today's episode, Stacy chats with Joe Thornton, a 2nd generation Master Thatcher from the charming Cotswolds region of England. Roof thatching is a trade that has been around for thousands of years. 
    Also, Stacy and Jason Lamb discuss built-in box gutter basics.
    To request a transcript of this episode, please reach out via the contact page.
    PLEASE SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS
    The Window Course from Scott Sidler of The Craftsman Blog will teach you everything you need to know to restore your original wood windows. For 10% off, use the coupon code truetales.
    Abatron manufacturers two of Stacy’s favorite wood repair products, WoodEpox and LiquidWood. Use the coupon code truetales10 to save 10% off your order from Abatron.com
    Limeworks.US Plaster and Masonry products: Visit LimeWorks.us to learn more about their products and services for your next historic restoration project.

    • 58 min
    How Inheriting an Old House Changed Emily's Life

    How Inheriting an Old House Changed Emily's Life

    In today’s episode, Stacy and Alex talk about ways to get your DIY groove back when you’re feeling overwhelmed. And later, Emily Heller talks about how inheriting a dilapidated old house changed the trajectory of her life, personal and professional.
    To request a transcript of this episode, please reach out via the contact page.
    WE LOVE OUR SPONSORS 
    The Window Course from Scott Sidler of The Craftsman Blog will teach you everything you need to know to restore your original wood windows. For 10% off, use the coupon code truetales.
    Abatron manufacturers two of Stacy’s favorite wood repair products, WoodEpox and LiquidWood. Use the coupon code truetales10 to save 10% off your order from Abatron.com

    • 54 min
    Meet Artisan Woodworker Paul Kenworthy

    Meet Artisan Woodworker Paul Kenworthy

    In today’s episode, Stacy chats with artisan woodworker Paul Kenworthy. They discuss Paul’s design process and what motivates and inspires his craft. 
    Also, Stacy and architect Katelyn Parker offer solutions for a listener struggling with a confusing front door situation.
    PLEASE SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS
    The Window Course from Scott Sidler of The Craftsman Blog will teach you everything you need to know to restore your original wood windows. For 10% off, use the coupon code truetales.
    Abatron manufacturers two of Stacy’s favorite wood repair products, WoodEpox and LiquidWood. Use the coupon code truetales10 to save 10% off your order from Abatron.com
    Limeworks.US Plaster and Masonry products: Visit LimeWorks.us to learn more about their products and services for your next historic restoration project.

    • 43 min
    Historic District Pros and Cons

    Historic District Pros and Cons

    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.
    PLEASE SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS
    For 10% off The Window Course from Scott Sidler of The Craftsman Blog, use the coupon code truetales.
    Abatron manufacturers two of Stacy's favorite wood repair products, WoodEpox and LiquidWood. Use the coupon code truetales10 to save 10% off your order from Abatron.com.

    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
129 Ratings

129 Ratings

Tablewalkr ,

If you own an old house, you NEED this show!!

I binged my way through all the episodes during a couple thousand-mile road trips, and am now working my way through them for a second time! The hosts' and guests' passion for old houses is contagious, and there is so much information and inspiration in every episode that I almost always take notes! Old house owners everywhere -- this show is an absolute MUST LISTEN!!!

leahwieland ,

Valuable content

I love listening to Stacy talk about old houses! She offers a great balanced perspective on taking care of historic homes and her guests are always interesting.

LadyonC ,

Fantastic 👌🏻

I absolutely love this podcast. The content and guests are always so funny, knowledgeable, and interesting. Stacy is an amazing host and always asks the best questions and keeps things fun!

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