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.
My Old House Fix
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.
Bonus: Old House Segments from the Archives
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.
From Toronto to Detroit: An Old House Story
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.
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.
I am hooked!
I have officially fallen down the rabbit hole listening to episodes of True Tales from Old Homes. I absolutely love the raw honesty that is shared through this podcast. We just purchased a 1910 craftsman that needs a lot of work and are expecting it will take us 7-10 years to fully finish everything on our “to do list.” This show helps me feel confident and excited while preparing for the long journey and projects ahead.
Keep up the great work and keep those episodes coming!
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!