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Old House Fair

Save the date for the 2016 Old House Fair on Saturday, March 5, 2016, 9am-3pm, Sevier Park Community Center at 3021 Lealand Avenue.

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Would you like to volunteer for the Fair? Visit Hands On Nashville for this and many other volunteer opportunities.

The Metropolitan Historical Commission Foundation and partners will host the 2016 Old House Fair on Saturday, March 5, 2015, 9am-3pm, at the Sevier Park Community Center, 3021 Lealand Avenue. The Old House Fair is a FREE day-long festival showcasing new ideas, practical advice, innovative materials, and quality services for homeowners to learn more about sustainable and historic products and services, and gain tips for planning and executing your project.

Exhibitors included companies, retailers, and artists experienced in working with homes of many ages and styles, from Antebellum to Mid-century Modern.

Know a young preservationist? We'll have children's activities, too thanks to Historic Travellers Rest Plantation & Museum.

Opportunity to win great raffle items.

Join us for lunch as the food truck Smoke Et Al will be back again, based on popular demand!

Sponsorship opportunities available. If you are interested in being a sponsor, please contact Robin Zeigler at or (615) 862-7970 ext.79776.

Presentations & Demonstrations for 2015

(Check back in early 2016 for the March 2016 schedule)

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Ongoing Historic Nashville Inc.'s Children's Area

Kids of all ages will learn about architectural designs and materials through a variety of activities such as a scavenger hunt, exploring art and literature, or creation of a home design.

9:30 - 9:45 Designing Kitchens for Historic Houses (presentation)

Join designer and educator Susan Besser to explore the history of kitchens and discuss how to create a kitchen for your home that is functional for the twenty-first century and is sensitive to your home's historic period. Included in the presentation are cabinetry types and details, appliance resources and appropriate countertops and finishes.

9:30 - 10:30 Flushed Away: Getting Creative with Old Plumbing (demonstration)

Join Andrew Ward to learn about an old home's plumbing needs. Learn what to look for when purchasing an older home, about items that typically need replacement or repair, and about the multitude of options to address old plumbing issues. Andrew is owner of Republic Plumbing and host of WLAC's former home improvement show.

10:00 - 10:15 Repurposing Furniture-Professionally Done VS. DIY (presentation)

Repurposing is not only a great way to spruce up junk shop finds; it can also afford a new lease on life to family heirlooms and fragile antiques. Join Richard Sullivan, restoration expert from Rosewalker Arts, as he examines the hierarchical scale of repurposing. Richard will examine the three major types of repurposing and give surprising tips on how best to choose the most appropriate approach for your project.

10:30 - 10:45 New Additions for the Old (presentation)

Planning an addition can be more challenging than designing a new house. The key to a successful project is turning negatives into positives. Architect Tyler LeMarinel from Allard Ward Architects will provide case-studies of several of his additions covering how they were designed to respect the historic home and still fulfill the needs of the homeowner.

11:00 - 11:15 Classical Design Principles for Additions and Renovations (presentation)

Learn the principles behind classical and traditional design and how these apply to additions and renovations. Presented by the Tennessee Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art (ICAA). The ICAA is the leading nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the classical tradition in architecture, urbanism and their allied arts.

11:00 - 12:00 A Slick Bevel: Reglazing Your Sash (demonstration)

There is little that will change the outward appearance of your classic wood windows like the seamless bevel of a freshly glazed and painted sash. Come learn tips, techniques, and tools with The Standard Sash that will convert your crumbling and cracking putty into the weather-resistant and aesthetically-pleasing element it was meant to be. Bring a DIY attitude and a steady hand to test what you've learned on sample sashes because practice makes perfect with this old craft.

11:30 - 11:45 Be a Savvy Buyer (presentation)

Gary Grau of General Contracting will provide advice for people looking to purchase an older home. Learn how to spot red flags and determine if a building is truly a “fixer-upper” or really a “do-over.”

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12:00 - 12:15 Selecting the RIGHT Contractor for You and Your Historic Home (presentation)

Hiring the wrong contractor for your job can cost you stress, weeks of wasted time and, and possibly thousands of dollars. Lynn Taylor of Taylor Made Plans warns that the BEST contractor may not be the RIGHT contractor for your needs. She will guide you on asking the RIGHT questions; looking out for hidden agendas; and identify your job site expectations when it comes to your home and property before you sign the contract.

12:30 - 12:45 Make Sure You're Covered by More than the Roof Over Your Head (presentation)

Not all insurance policies are equal, and you need to know what is in your coverage before you make a claim. In this session, Jason Bour with Farmers Insurance will discuss the difference between replacement costs vs actual cash value, endorsements, and some factors that can affect your claim, as well as the importance of proper coverage in other policies to protect your home as an asset.

12:30 - 1:30 Hidden Secrets of Historic Windows (demonstration)

It can be more cost effective, as energy efficient, and greener to repair existing windows rather than replace them. Learn the different components that make up a historic window and reveal the secrets behind their easy repair including how to replace sash ropes and weather stripping.

1:00 - 1:15 Stormwater Management for Existing Buildings (presentation)

More development means more stormwater issues. There are new regulations for new construction but there is a lot that can be done on lots with existing buildings too. Barry Westbrook with DocAir will provide information about underground PVC piping, channels for hardscape areas, design of catch basin and grates for downspouts and the use of clay to reinforce and protect building foundations.

1:30 - 1:45 Geothermal. Is it Right for Your Home? (presentation)

Home energy-efficiency expert Erik Daugherty explains how geothermal works, the criteria that makes a property an ideal candidate and an overview of the expenses, process and benefits. Erik Daugherty grew up in Nashville, earned a graduate degree in sustainable development in Sweden, and founded E3 INNOVATE to help improve the energy efficiency of existing and new homes.

2:00 - 2:15 Old House Support Group-Learning How to Move Beyond a Drafty Old House (presentation)

Join Jeff Middlebrooks, owner of Nashville Home Energy Solutions, as he explores cost effective ways to make older homes more energy efficient, comfortable and clean. Jeff will also share lessons learned from renovating his 1930's cottage. Since 2007, Nashville Home Energy has helped hundreds of homeowners and builders cost effectively improve the performance of their homes and small businesses.

2:00 - 3:00 The Art of Glass: Care & Maintenance of Stained Glass Windows (demonstration)

Butch Quinn with Quinn's Stained Glass Studio will provide an overview of how stained glass windows are made, which will help you assess whether repair is something you can do yourself or if you need to bring in an expert. Learn the proper way to handle and move a stained glass window and discover tips and tricks from fixing small cracks to re-glazing.

2:30-2:45 Don’t Buy a New HVAC System! Leaky Ductwork May be the Problem

What good is a new HVAC unit if the air is never delivered where it is supposed to go? Barry Westbrook will explain how leaky ductwork drastically impacts the air quality, efficiency, and comfort inside your home. Learn about a new technology, endorsed by the EPA, called Aeroseal which seals ducts from the inside. This simple installation could be far easier and cheaper than replacing an antiquated duct system or one that is difficult to access.

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