Originally Posted by BertS
I grew up in a house, built in the 1800's, but everything is just the opposite, on a much larger scale.
11' ceilings, doors are standard height, but the windows are 6' tall, and start at about 18" from the floor, all double hung with sash weights. the whole house is framed with true dimensional lumber, held together by spikes, or square nails. every wall in the house has solid wood lathing, never an issue to hang a picture where ever you'd like.
we never had central heat or ac until after I had graduated and moved out. Many is the time, I fell asleep in the summer, to the box fan that was propping open the window......
Yours must have been built 1850 or later...Italianate or Queen Anne. Ours was built in 1822, it's framed in 12 x 12 oak timbers and studded with 4 x 4 oak. The studs and joists are notched into the timbers, no nails, and the timbers are pinned with hickory pegs. No sheathing in this part of the house, just plaster over hand-split accordion lath. Upstairs, the original wide spruce floorboards are still in service. Some are 20" wide. This part of the house is built solid. In fact, all the windows are original!
The 1840 wing is balloon frame, over a cellar, with dimensional lumber studs running from the sill to the rafters of the second story. Floor joists are nailed to the sides of the studs to support the second floor. It's sheathed in random width horizontal planks. This construction is "springy". You can feel the wind, you can feel footsteps in the house.
The 1915 wing is single story, common studs sheathed in T&G plank with heart pine flooring. We had to rework this part quite heavily due to earlier renovations that left a brick chimney supported by the side walls and floor boards.
We installed gas heat and A/C when we moved in. The A/C gets turned on maybe 5 days a year, this year not at all. The cross ventilation and convection in this house is amazing. We moved the wood stove out of the chimney into the sunroom and feeding the woodstove firewood from our property offsets the gas heat by 2/3.
Edited by WalnutHill - 11/24/15 at 6:48am