An Owner's Guide to Understanding & Repairing an Old Home
Many people coming to Armory Park are novices in the details of living in an historic home and neighborhood. Author Scott Sidler has provided answers to the questions us novices should have asked.
Perhaps the best way to learn what this book has to offer is to review the subject matter extracted from the Table of Contents:
WHO NEEDS THIS BOOK?
UNDERSTANDING YOUR OLD HOUSE
WHAT IS A HISTORIC HOUSE?
WHY SHOULD I BUY AN OLD HOUSE?
BEFORE YOU BUY AN OLD HOUSE
PRESERVATION OR REMODELING
DEALING WITH HISTORIC DISTRICTS
THE "GREEN" OLD HOME
MODERN LIFE IN AN OLD HOUSE
RENOVATING THE RIGHT WAY
THE DANGERS OF DEFERRED MAINTENANCE
HISTORIC HOME MAINTENANCE 101
THE 5 WORST MISTAKES OF HISTORIC HOME OWNERS
OLD HOUSE HEALTH HAZARDS
REPAIRING YOUR OLD HOUSE
WORKING WITH FLOORS
WORKING WITH WINDOWS
WORKING WITH DOORS
WORKING WITH PLASTER
WORKING WITH EXTERIOR WOOD
WORKING WITH PAINT
WHY DOES ANY OF THIS MATTER
The best time to read the book is before purchasing an historic property. The challenges of maintaining or repairing an old house may be more than you want to take on. If you have exterior changes in mind, you may find that the historic review process will make those changes impossible or more difficult. The process will always take time and may incur more cost. There are permit fees involved.
If you decide to go forward or already own an Armory Park property, the second section can be helpful. The tips regarding some of the most common repair tasks may help with your repairs.
I couldn't find the book in the Pima County Library system. The print version of the book is fairly expensive at $33 but you can buy the Kindle version for $10. Here is the link at Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/s?k=living+in+the+past&i=stripbooks&ref=nb_sb_noss_1
Whichever you choose, this book will be useful as you live the adventure of caring for an old house or decide that this adventure is not for you.