Vinyl is not final!

Vinyl is not final! This gorgeous Stick Style house is in the process of having vinyl siding removed and the original clapboard, shingle, and match board siding and trim restored.

It illustrates perfectly how much historic character is lost when modern vinyl siding is slapped onto a historic building. At left, where the vinyl siding has been removed and the original surface restored, there is a complex composition of patterns and textures that enlivens the house and draws in the eye to study the details. At right, the blah white vinyl siding masks the intended character of the house. The form of the house makes clear that it is a Victorian era house but you cannot tell that it is a relatively rare Stick Style house, only that it is a variation of the Queen Anne style.

Often vinyl and other modern siding materials are installed over perfectly good original materials because an owned didn’t want to paint the house. If the historic character of your house matters to you, removing the siding will go along way toward restoring that character.

Removing modern siding and identifying appropriate replacements for missing architectural features is covered in “Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners.”

The 720 page award-winning and best-selling hardcover book is available in bookstores and from online retailers.

Signed and personalized copies are available directly from the author in our shop, https://yourhistorichouse.com/shop/.

Bookstores can order copies from W.W. Norton. Learn more about historic house styles in “A Field Guide to American Houses,” the classic by Virginia McAlester. It is available in our shop.

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