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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 • 133 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.

    Restoring Your Historic House with Scott Hanson and A Relocation Disagreement

    Restoring Your Historic House with Scott Hanson and A Relocation Disagreement

    In today’s episode, Stacy and John Rodgers disagree during Q&A when a listener asks if she should abandon city life for a big old house in the country.
    And then later, Stacy chats with Scott Hanson, author of Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners. They talk about his award-winning book, and how Scott introduces modern updates into his 19th-century home in Maine. 
    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.
    Sutherland Welles - Maker of exceptional polymerized tung oil finishes since 1965. To save 10% on your first order, use the coupon code truetales.
    Preservan - A unique preservation franchise opportunity developed by long-time window restoration pro, Ty McBride - Learn more about becoming a part of the Preservan family and mission: PreservanFranchise.com/truetales.
    TRAVEL: Read all the details of our 2023 Canadian Adventure
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    • 53 min
    Brad's Cheap Old Lake House and Understanding Efflorescence

    Brad's Cheap Old Lake House and Understanding Efflorescence

    In today's episode, Stacy visits the Silver Lake Institute, a small lake cottage community with a fascinating religious camp past. Brad and Stacy discuss his latest project house and the evolving history of the institute. Note: Brad's first house, a small bungalow, was featured on an episode of Cheap Old Houses on HGTV.  
    Also, Andy deGruchy from Limeworks.us joins Stacy for listener Q&A. Andy explains what causes efflorescence on masonry, whether efflorescence damages brick and stone and how to eliminate or prevent it.   
    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.
    Sutherland Welles - Maker of exceptional polymerized tung oil finishes since 1965. To save 10% on your first order, use the coupon code truetales.
    Preservan - A unique preservation franchise opportunity developed by long-time window restoration pro Ty McBride - Learn more about becoming a part of the Preservan family and mission: PreservanFranchise.com/truetales.
    TRAVEL: Read all the details of our 2023 Canadian Adventure.
     

    • 1 hr
    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

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
133 Ratings

133 Ratings

2manyshows2littletime ,

Fantastic resource!

I am a newbie old house owner and am restoring old windows, siding, floors, everything. This podcast is answering all my questions in real time! Stacy and her guests are generous with sharing their knowledge and resources. Her YouTube videos are very helpful for hands on instructions. Thank you Stacy for your part in connecting the fantastic old house community!

Mrs Ruppel ,

Stacy and her guests are so helpful!

Great listen for new/beginner or veteran old home owners or just old house lovers in general!

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!!!

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