Original Lino in 1920 craftsman

  1. 1920 craftsman house in CT that we are slowly restoring. Kitchen floor is 1” higher than it should be so we went exploring (felt more like mining) in the pantry and found what we believe might be original 1920s lino.

  2. We did this ripping out of ours - beautiful maple, asphalt on top, three linoleum layers with some subfloor between. Our floors were in shockingly good condition, even around the sink. Good luck to you and I hope its nice!

  3. We have a bathroom like that on the project list. Has a very similar loomimg vinyl pattern on top now. I can't wait to see what is under there.

  4. This linoleum pattern looks more 1930s or 1940s to me. Abstract geometric patterns like this didn't exist yet in the 1920s, at least not on flooring in normal houses, and certainly not in 1920 when your house was built. It's not original, but it is very old. I'd definitely save it if you can.

  5. This might be the original floors. The Craftsman style was highly influenced by the "Prairie Style" of Frank Lloyd Wright. Here are some of his

  6. Yes, I would agree - this seems Bauhaus inspired to me, which would not be originally installed in a 1920 American Craftsman house.

  7. As a kid growing up in an old rust belt town, my friends places had floors similar to this. This brings me back man...

  8. Also pretty good timing! Art Deco is back in fashion for the past like max 5 years imo. So it can literally do a round two of being all the vogue!

  9. Nice reno but op sorry for being a Betty downer here. IF you plan on removing the lino, please cut of a small piece that has a bit of the glue left on the back and send it off for asbestos testing! Asbestos sometimes lurks in the lino itself or the backing paper or the glue....

  10. Please be careful, the green patterned vinyl on top of the lino looks very suspicious to me. I would definitely get it tested for asbestos to be o. The safe side.

  11. I’m currently in the market for an older home in the Litchfield, CT. Do you have any recommendations when looking at older homes?

  12. Nothing Connecticut-specific here, but familiarize yourself with the problems of old homes: galvanized plumbing, leaded fittings on said plumbing, knob and tube wiring or rubber/cloth covered wiring, lead paint, asbestos in every conceivable product (especially insulation and floor coverings), sloping/spongy/rotted floors, cracked foundations, mold. There's probably more. Some of these can occur even in new builds but are much more common in older homes. These places have stood (on average) for 80-120 years, and every single system in them will need to be replaced at some point, whether that is by previous owners or by you!

  13. I’m glad to see I’m not the only one dealing with tiles on top of floor on top of floor. Reprehensible, I call it.

  14. Same deal in our ~1904 craftsman. Several layers of linoleum in the kitchen. But dug under that final layer and got down to old growth pine. Refinished that instead lol.

  15. If you plan on removing the original lino. Hire a professional. That stuff was made with asbestos and you'd be risking the health of everything and everyone in the house for years after.

  16. Each layer speaks not only to what design is popular at the time, but what design the time is specifically rejecting.

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