May 16, 2016 |
My recent column announcing that I am painting the exterior of my house for the last time brought expressions of concern from those who don't like the words last time . And, thankfully, a couple of painting questions, which is the reason I write these columns. John Czuba's question concerning painting aluminum siding is one I have gotten before over the years, but it's one that always merits a response. Yes, you can paint aluminum siding, and the website of the Paint Quality Institute in Spring House is my go-to on all broad-brush matters.
April 20, 2013 |
Question: Our house was fitted with white aluminum siding by the prior owners decades ago. We've been in it about 16 years now. The siding has held up OK except in the front above the porch, which gets the morning sun. It is losing its paint. Is there a preferred method of dealing with this? Answer: Yes there is. And for advice about anything paint, I turn to the experts at the Paint Quality Institute in Spring House. First, how should you prepare old aluminum siding before painting?
October 20, 1990 |
A meteorologist confirmed yesterday that a tornado touched down Thursday night in Bordentown Township, tearing off the side of one home and leaving a trail of broken tree limbs, smashed windows and dangling aluminum siding along its mile-long route. Art Kraus, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Philadelphia, inspected the damage yesterday and determined that a tornado had passed through the Burlington County township. "With wind damage, everything is just blown down," Kraus said.
July 19, 1993 |
In the 600 block of Durfor Street, where the smell of simmering garlic hung in the air, women in housecoats and slippers were sitting on their front stoops, talking about Al Pacino, the movie business, and rumors of "fat checks" flying around the neighborhood. For about a month now, advance crews for Two Bits, a movie set in the Depression, have been working in South Philadelphia, converting about 200 rowhouses and 50 storefronts around Seventh and Wolf Streets into a 1930s movie set. In preparation for filming, which will begin next Monday, workers have been going door to door in the neighborhood, removing aluminum siding, air conditioners, TV antennas, and all other signs of modern times.
January 10, 1986 |
Ramsgate Cherry Hill 609-424-3319 Single-family houses are under construction at Ramsgate in Cherry Hill by the father-daughter building team of Charles A. Gemberling and Cheryl Gemberling Kozloff. This is the first project the two have worked on together, although Gemberling has been building in Burlington and Camden Counties for more than 30 years and Kozloff for more than 12 years, according to sales representative Joseph H. Sypherd. Plans call for 85 two-story, four-bedroom houses at Ramsgate, each with 2,400 to 3,000 square feet of living space, and costing between $130,900 and $156,900.
January 21, 1990 |
When it comes to trees, don't try to rustle with the Tredyffrin Township Planning Commission. For nearly two years, C & R Associates of Wayne has been trying to gain approval to build 18 townhouses on Berwyn-Baptist Road in Devon. After the regular Planning Commission meeting Thursday night, William Marchini, owner of the firm, said he and others working on the plan had become "disgusted" with the progress of approval. The plan, which proposes building the townhouses on 4.9 acres, has gone to the Zoning Hearing Board,but it still has not been approved by the Planning Commission in preliminary form and must go before the township's Board of Supervisors for final approval before building could commence.
November 18, 1987 |
An 18-year-old man charged with ethnic intimidation, assault and other crimes in connection with the alleged harassment of a black couple in a white neighborhood was released on his own recognizance today following an arraignment before a Municipal Court judge. Later, the black couple, Bill and Maryellen Snow, who were supported by a busload of friends and neighbors, both black and white, expressed disappointment at the release of the defendant, Ronald Rink. "I think they should have arrested him right then and there (at the time of the Nov. 6 incident)
April 28, 2014 |
Bruce and Sylvia Wilson restored their 1891 home in Merchantville, the neighborhood's "great white elephant," and transformed it into one worthy of the local historical architecture tour. And they did it all with a bit of financial creativity. Over 34 years, they completed exterior and interior renovations on a budget, ripping off siding, repainting, wallpapering, designing and even carving architectural elements themselves for the house, purchased for $52,500 in 1980. Outside contractors were hired only for a full kitchen demolition, a third-floor bathroom conversion, and heating/air conditioning work.
December 7, 1992 |
If this were Evesham or Voorhees, where residential developments sometimes seem to just sprout from the ground, the problems of a townhouse complex's developer, its residents and officials might have been resolved long ago. But this is Lawnside, a borough of 3,000 people and one-story single-family homes, where the last such development dates to 1975. So says Narberth Development Corp., the company behind King's Court, a 2- year-old, 20-unit complex off Gloucester Avenue. "That's not the point," says Lawnside Councilman Leon Williams, who - along with other officials and townhouse residents - has accused Narberth of dragging its feet on repairing houses and streets and answering complaints.
July 15, 2012 |
Researching the history of a house or a neighborhood is painstaking work. Some delve into the past for practical reasons. Perhaps they want to change the exterior of an old house and need to document how it once looked. Or maybe they want to create — or protest — a historic designation. Others are simply fascinated by the testament of time. "A house is like an artifact," said Kingston Heath, professor and director of the graduate Historic Preservation Program at the University of Oregon.