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Dec. 5, 2022

Episode #87: The Money Pit Life - Balancing Old House Wants and Needs

In today’s episode, Stacy is back in the Hudson Valley for the second of two shows recorded in front of a live audience. Old houses are money-hungry, and figuring out how to pay for rehabilitation and maintenance can be stressful. Susan and Will...

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Nov. 21, 2022

Episode #86: Architectural Salvage Stories + The Best Reference Books for Old House Rehabbers

In today’s episode, Stacy is back in the Hudson Valley for the first of two shows recorded in front of a live audience. Stacy talks to Reggie Young from Hudson Valley House Parts. Reggie explains the logistics of the architectural salvage business...

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Nov. 7, 2022

Episode #85: Author David Giffels + Sourcing Antique Mail Slots

In today’s episode, author David Giffels chats with Stacy about his humorous and heartfelt memoir, All the Way Home: Building a Family in a Falling down House. David Giffels is an author, essayist, journalist, and lifelong resident of Akron, Ohio....

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Oct. 24, 2022

Episode #84: Supernatural Pranks & Thanks

October is ghost story month, so get ready for some goosebumps. In today's episode, Stacy shares four tales of the unexplained, including one from . From pranks to thanks, each paranormal experience is unique.  To request a transcript of this...

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Oct. 10, 2022

Episode #83: Ghostly Whispers & Mischief + Kitchen Cabinet Advice

In today's episode, Stacy and Alex discuss ways to choose and modify low-end cabinetry to make it more suitable and period-appropriate for an old house. And later, Stacy chats with long-time restoration contractor Stephen Ortado about four-leaf...

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Sept. 26, 2022

Episode #82: Restoring Your Historic House with Scott Hanson + 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...

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Sept. 12, 2022

Episode #81: Brad's Cheap Old Lake House + 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...

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July 18, 2022

Episode #80: 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...

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July 4, 2022

Episode #79: 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...

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June 20, 2022

Episode #78: 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...

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June 6, 2022

Episode #77: 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...

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May 23, 2022

Episode #76: 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...

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May 9, 2022

Episode #75: 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...

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April 25, 2022

Episode #74: Ask a Painter - Nick Slavik

In today’s episode, Stacy and Alex discuss how they would handle the renovation of their old houses if money were no object. And later, Stacy chats with Nick Slavik, owner of the Nick Slavik Painting and Restoration company and the host of a weekly...

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April 11, 2022

Episode #73: Amateur Archaeology at The Boghouse

In today's episode, you'll meet Melissa & Matt Dunphy. Melissa and Matt are privy diggers, amateur archaeologists, and hosts of The Boghouse Podcast. Also, during Q&A, Alex offers some excellent advice about updating the heating and cooling...

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March 28, 2022

Episode # 72: Updating Knob and Tube + Alison Hardy, Window Woman of New England

In this episode, Stacy invites Alex from Old Town Home to help her answer the listener question, "How do you replace knob and tube wiring without destroying plaster walls? And later, Stacy chats with Alison Hardy, who launched the window restoration...

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March 14, 2022

Episode #71: An Abandoned House Becomes a Home

In today’s episode, you’ll meet Jaya. He and his wife bought an abandoned farmhouse house in Japan that he is bringing back to life.  Also, Stacy and Dianne talk about the Scotland and Northern Ireland tour that Stacy is hosting in the summer...

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Feb. 28, 2022

Episode #70: Fire Safety Tips and Old Buildings Reimagined

In today's episode, Stacy talks to fire chief Roger LeBlanc about how long we really have to get out of a burning house, plus he shares his best fire safety advice for old house owners. Also, Stacy chats with Natalie Heneghan, the education manager of...

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Jan. 17, 2022

Episode #69: Hands-on Trades Education or a College Degree? Why Not Both?

During this final episode of season six, Stacy welcomes Dave Mertz, program chair of the Building Preservation Program at Belmont College in St. Clairsville, Ohio. Also, Stacy offers several end-of-season updates, including the season seven listener...

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Jan. 3, 2022

Episode #68: Do I Need to Hire an Architect?

Do you need to hire an architect? In today's episode, Stacy talks to Katelyn Parker from Bungalow Roots in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Katelyn explains how architects can help owners of old houses make sympathetic changes for modern life. Furthermore, she...

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Dec. 20, 2021

Episode #67: Joe's Farmhouse in New Brunswick

In today's episode, Stacy enjoys a conversation with Joe Peterson, longtime listener, first-time guest. Joe is at the tail end of restoring his childhood home, an authentic farmhouse in New Brunswick, Canada. Also, Stacy talks to Aaron, founder of the...

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Dec. 6, 2021

Episode #66: House of Brinson

On today's show, recorded in front of a live audience in Hudson Valley, New York, Stacy chats with Susan and William Brinson from House of Brinson. Eight years ago, Susan and Will left New York City and bought Stony Ford, a large country estate with a...

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Nov. 22, 2021

Episode #65: Daniel Kanter: Serial Volunteer and Champion of Old Houses

On today’s show, the first in front of a live audience in beautiful Hudson Valley, New York, Stacy talks to the always hilarious Daniel Kanter about revitalizing his community through the Kingston City Land Bank. Also, Stacy meets her previous...

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Nov. 8, 2021

Episode #64: Leisa Collins Loves Art and Old Houses

In today’s episode, you’ll meet artist Leisa Collins. Leisa traveled across the United States, creating paintings of old homes and buildings along the way. She turned her art into a beautiful coffee table book filled with love and reverence for history and...

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