Links to Resources for Building from Historic House Plans......
A few Notes about These Links ....
Located below are some links and comments about
various aspects associated with Historic House Plans,
Do-it-Yourself Building & Contracting, materials and tool sources.
Many of the sources noted are links to manufacturers and suppliers
that we have actually used for building our homes and cottages.
Others are not. When we recommend or advise the use of a product or
service, you can be assured that we have had personal experience
with the products and or companies noted.
Other links that we show without comment are
included as references and possible sources for the would be DIY
contractor building from Historic House Plans. But we do not specifically recommend such.
So let the buyer beware.
With Lots More to Come Soon
Boston Turning Works - The people we call on to create our wood
Parts - Our regular source for hardwood stair parts. Our
drawings use their labeling system. The link will take you to
their literature source where you will find a GREAT stair building guide
that we use.
Woodworks - Our choice as "Gingerbread" supplier if you can't make
Simpson Strong Tie - An
essential hardware supplier for
holding down our houses against wind,
earthquake and snow. If you see a structural fastener called out on our
drawings it will be made by Simpson. You will need their free catalog
to build our houses efficiently.
HandleSets.com - Our choice
for quality door hardware at a good price.
Window and Doors:
Marvin Window and Door -
Our choice for traditional windows and doors of exceptional quality with
infinite customization possibilities.
Lapeyre - This a look at the catalog of our French supplier of
French casement windows and real French doors. If you are going to
build our Mas de Provence or Villa di Firenze you really want to
consider these windows and doors. They are a hassle to get here but you
can't find the same look and quality in the U.S. By the way they are a
lot cheaper, even with customs and shipping.
C.R. Onsrud -
Makers of the Gingerbread Machine, the invaluable "Inverted Pin Router"
. If you're
building a Late Victorian House with a lot of pierced
carving, their smallest machine is worth considering
Delta Tools - The
stationary wood working machine tool maker we use exclusively.
Their longevity and always available spare parts make this the only
choice in stationary tools.
Porter Cable Power
Tools - Our choice for hand power tools. Routers, saws and
drills without reproach.
Cinimos - This
is our source for Cabinet Doors, Drawers and Appliance Panels.
They are good, precise and as good a quality as we have found in even
the high-end manufacturers. You'll have to finish them yourself or
via a local painter but at their price you can afford Picasso to paint
DIY Contracting -
This is the book we recommend for guiding you through the planning,
Some More Links to Associated Web Sites
Urban Edge Homes -
Some friends from Australia who are building some fun things down under.
Their display homes are located at Victoria & Lakeside Pakenham,