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    Default Before and after: A Victorian rebirth

    Years of neglect, a house fire, and a tree fallen through the chimney left this elegant 1902 Pennsylvania Victorian, which was featured on This Old House, in dire shape. Many would knock it down instead of facing the difficult task of restoration, but the owners decided to hire a local contractor who knew the house's history, as well as landscapers and a mason, to get it back in shape. To see it restored to its former glory, read more.
    A pretty drastic change, huh? It looks completely new to me, but still maintains its wonderful original Victorian details such as that big round front porch. Have you made any restorations to your home?
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    It looks country-victorian to me. Not my cup of tea, but it's a lot better than the before.

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    Don't like the dark blue paintjob but it's nice to see someone take the trouble to do the restoration.
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    I am glad it was restored also,but it looks-umm-gloomy. Not very welcoming.
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    Hate the colours

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    Yep. that color sucks.

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    Agreed, needs a new paint job.

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    I don't like the colour but I LOVE the house. That's exactly the kind of house that would be my dream home.
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    The dark blue is probably the original color of the house; some of those Victorians had pretty different paint colors. As you can see in the "before" photo, it was blue before they renovated it.

    In some parts of this metro area there are still houses from this era standing, and there's a handful of well-preserved neighborhoods of this era and there are sometimes restrictions on what colors they can be painted, i.e. original palette only.

    I love Victorians but there aren't many around here that are both in my price range and close enough to be a reasonable commute. Sigh.

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    I agree, but I actually prefer the "wood" look as its softer....

    The victorians had much darker pain colours (look here if interested Heritage - Victorian colour range from Dulux)
    If you ever see an example of Ruskin's work you'll see its a lot darker.
    I like the house tho' and I like to see these things restored instead of torn down and a soulless concrete block built in its place...
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    The house is beautiful and I love it. The color is a bit dark though, and it needs landscaping. But the house itself is a gem.
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    Let me be the voice of disagreement and say that I like the dark color. Then again, I like gloomy colors.

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    I love Victorian house. In Napa (where I live) all of down town has Victorian houses and now they are used as B&B's or offices. Hopefully my future husband (wherever he is in the world) will be up for fixing one up for me because I want one

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    I lived in a house similar to this a few years ago. The rooms tend to be really small, and arranging them is a nightmare. I did love all of the woodwork and the warm cozy feeling, but good luck getting a couch and a tv in the same room.

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    I used to own an 1875 Victorian house. Beautiful, but even with moderate updating to pipes and insulation, the wind whistled through that sucker all winter and the plumbing had me cutting holes in the wall of my office to find leak sources. I vowed I would never live in a Vic again.
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