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The Shop 4 Classics Old House Blog is a forum for homeowners of old homes or new homes with vintage appeal. The Shop 4 Classics Old House Blog features tips and tidbits on clawfoot tubs, clawfoot tub faucets and showers, heat registers and cold air returns, antique reproduction door hardware, and many more products for classic homes. For more tips and anecdotes about the old home experience, take a break and visit the Shop 4 Classics Old House Blog or peruse the complete list of topics discussed on the blog at the Shop 4 Classics Old House Blog Archive.


Sat, 25 Oct 2014 00:38:00 +0000
Historic Bothwell Lodge: Part Castle, Part Craftsman bungalow, and Surprisingly Green
This past weekend I took a detour from my four-hour drive along I-70 from Kansas City to St. Louis in order to visit the Bothwell Lodge StateHistorical Site, which is located just 15 minutes south of Interstate 70 along Highway 65 towards Sedalia, Missouri.   Center to The Bothwell Lodge State Historical Site is an impressive castle-like structure known as the Bothwell Lodge that sits atop a 120 foot bluff.    I had seen this massive stone structure from a distance over a decade ago and wondered what its story was.   By setting aside an hour to visit the site this past weekend, I discovered that the castle on the bluff held many surprises and stories to tell.

Castle Like Bothwell Lodge (above) One of Bothwell's Craftsman Style Outbuilding  
The Bothwell Lodge was constructed over a thirty year period beginning in 1897 by a prominent lawyer named John Homer Bothwell as his private residence.  The bluff facing the lodge’s façade was designed to resemble Scotland’s medieval Bothwell Castlebut I was pleasantly surprised that much of the lodge’s interior and all the outbuildings were rich with the hallmark features of the period’s Arts and Crafts movement.   Generous millwork throughout the lodge’s interior as well as interior doors were of richly stained grainy quarter-sawn oak.   Simple Craftsman style door and cabinet hardware was used rather than Gothic Revival style hardware that would have been keeping with its exterior.  Classic Craftsman architectural elements including low pitched roofs, decorative braces, dormer style windows, and distinctive windows are common to the garage, sheds, and a cliff-side bungalow built on the grounds.  
Dining Room's Closed and Open Door to Air Conditioning Shaft 

A tour of the Bothwell lodge revealed green features that Mr. Bothwell incorporated in its construction.   The clawfoot tubs and kitchen sink.   These taps brought rain water from the lodge’s roof into a separate plumbing system.   The sleeping porch off Mr. Bothwell’s bedroom included a feature that shows just how much he appreciated his home’s natural setting.   He had portions of the wooden porch’s walls hollowed out so that honey bees would build hives within the porch The current caretakers of the lodge had affixed a glass pane to allowing guests to view the porch’s very active beehive. 
most unique of these is a shaft that tapped into the caves within the bluff to draw cool air into the dining room and his bedroom.   This natural, ground-source air conditioning was hidden behind doors that opened to a stone wall with grated opening .   Another surprising feature was the extra water faucet taps on the two
Extra Rainwater Faucet on Clawfoot Tub and on Kitchen Sink


I left the Bothwell Lodge amazed that Mr. Bothwell built his home over a hundred years ago using the bluff’s natural stones and continued to use and embrace its natural surroundings in such clever and ecologically friendly way.   If you are in the area, stop by the Bothwell Lodge State Historical Site.  If you’re in the market for Craftsman or even Gothic Revival style hardware visit Shop 4 Classics.
Sun, 10 Aug 2014 16:23:00 +0000
Classic Grills' Decorative Heat Register and Air Return Grilles So Many Styles and Sizes to Choose From
Classic Grills patterns and molds are all hand crafted and poured in bronze or aluminum. Each of the resulting grills display truly unique qualities that are uncommon today. With one of a kind designs in wide variety of sizes, Classic Grills offering of grills and registers is to not only meet your technical requirements but also express your own sense of style. Transform a room with the warmth, beauty and quality of the grills and registers of Classic Grills.  

Shop 4 Classics offers Classic Grills complete catalog of decorative vent covers.  Below is a summary of all of the vent covers offered by Classic Grilles as of August 2014.

Sizes represent the dimensions of the vent opening that the vent covers are designed to fit.   Check out Shop 4 Classics Vent Cover Tips for details on selecting heat register and return air vent covers. 

Art Deco Vent Covers

Vent Cover Finish Options
Satin Nickel White Bronze

Vent Cover Duct Opening Size Options as of August 2014
2" thru 4"
6" thru 8"
10" thru 12"
14" +
Return Air Grilles




4" x 8"
6" x 6"
10" x 30"
14" x 24"
4" x 10"
6" x 10"


4" x 12"
6" x 12"
12" x 12"
20" x 20"
4" x 14"
6" x 14"







8" x 10"



8" x 14"






Louvered Registers




4" x 8"
6" x 6"
12" x 12"

4" x 10"
6" x 10"


4" x 12"
6" x 12"


4" x 14"
6" x 14"







8" x 10"



8" x 14"







Arts and Crafts Bronze Vent Covers

Vent Cover Finish Options
Light Oil Rubbed Bronze
Dark Oil Rubbed Bronze
Antique Burnished Bronze
Satin Nickel White Bronze

Vent Cover Duct Opening Size Options as of August 2014
2" thru 4"
6" thru 8"
10" thru 12"
14" +
Return Air Grilles




2" x 10"
6" x 6"
10" x 10"
14" x 14"
2" x 12"
6" x 8"
10" x 12"
14" x 20"
2" x 14"
6" x 10"
10" x 14"
14" x 24"

6" x 12"
10" x 18"
14" x 30"
3" x 10"
6" x 14"
10" x 20"


6" x 20"
10" x 24"
16" x 16"
4" x 8"
6" x 24"
10" x 30"
16" x 20"
4" x 10"
6" x 30"

16" x 24"
4" x 12"

12" x 12"
16" x 30"
4" x 14"
8" x 8"
12" x 14"

4" x 20"
8" x 10"
12" x 20"
18" x 18"
4" x 24"
8" x 12"
12" x 24"
18" x 20"
4" x 30"
8" x 14"
12" x 30"
18" x 24"
4" x 36"
8" x 20"

18" x 30"

8" x 24"



8" x 30"

20" x 20"



20" x 24"



20" x 30"



24" x 24"




Louvered Registers




2" x 10"
6" x 6"
10" x 10"
14" x 14"
2" x 12"
6" x 8"
10" x 12"

2" x 14"
6" x 10"
10" x 14"


6" x 12"


3" x 10"
6" x 14"
12" x 12"



12" x 14"

4" x 8"
8" x 8"


4" x 10"
8" x 10"


4" x 12"
8" x 12"


4" x 14"
8" x 14"






Arts and Crafts Aluminum Vent Covers



Vent Cover Finish Options
Powder Coat Black
Powder Coat Brown
Powder Coat White
Vent Cover Duct Opening Size Options as of August 2014
2" thru 4"
6" thru 8"
10" thru 12"
14" +
Return Air Grilles




2" x 10"
6" x 6"
10" x 10"
14" x 14"
2" x 12"
6" x 8"
10" x 12"
14" x 18"
2" x 14"
6" x 10"
10" x 14"
14" x 20"

6" x 12"
10" x 18"
14" x 24"
3" x 10"
6" x 14"
10" x 20"
14" x 30"

6" x 20"
10" x 24"

4" x 8"
6" x 24"
10" x 30"
16" x 16"
4" x 10"
6" x 30"

16" x 20"
4" x 12"

12" x 12"

4" x 14"
8" x 8"
12" x 14"
16" x 30"
4" x 18"
8" x 10"
12" x 18"
18" x 30"
4" x 20"
8" x 12"
12" x 20"

4" x 24"
8" x 14"
12" x 24"
20" x 20"
4" x 30"
8" x 20"
12" x 30"
20" x 24"
4" x 36"
8" x 24"

20" x 30"

8" x 30"

24" x 24"




Louvered Registers




2" x 10"
6" x 6"
10" x 10"
14" x 14"
2" x 12"
6" x 8"
10" x 12"

2" x 14"
6" x 10"
10" x 14"


6" x 12"


3" x 10"
6" x 14"
12" x 12"



12" x 14"

4" x 8"
8" x 8"


4" x 10"
8" x 10"


4" x 12"
8" x 12"


4" x 14"
8" x 14"






Craftsman Bronze Vent Covers

Vent Cover Finish Options
Light Oil Rubbed Bronze
Dark Oil Rubbed Bronze
Antique Burnished Bronze
Satin Nickel White Bronze

Vent Cover Duct Opening Size Options as of August 2014
2" thru 4"
6" thru 8"
10" thru 12"
14" +
Return Air Grilles




2" x 10"
6" x 8"
10" x 10"
14" x 14"
2" x 12"
6" x 10"
10" x 12"
14" x 24"
2" x 14"
6" x 12"
10" x 14"
14" x 30"

6" x 14"
10" x 20"
16" x 16"
4" x 8"
6" x 18"
10" x 30"
18" x 18"
4" x 10"
6" x 30"


4" x 12"
6" x 36"
12" x 12"
20" x 20"
4" x 14"

12" x 14"

4" x 18"
8" x 8"
12" x 20"

4" x 36"
8" x 10"
12" x 22"


8" x 12"
12" x 24"


8" x 14"
12" x 30"


8" x 18"



8" x 36"






Louvered Registers




2" x 10"
6" x 10"
10" x 10"
14" x 14"
2" x 12"
6" x 12"
10" x 12"

2" x 14"
6" x 14"
10" x 14"


6" x 8"
12" x 12"

4" x 8"

12" x 14"

4" x 10"
8" x 8"


4" x 12"
8" x 10"


4" x 14"
8" x 12"



8" x 14"






Bronze Grape Leaf Vent Covers

Vent Cover Finish Options
Light Oil Rubbed Bronze
Dark Oil Rubbed Bronze
Antique Burnished Bronze
Satin Nickel White Bronze

Vent Cover Duct Opening Size Options as of August 2014
2" thru 4"
6" thru 8"
10" thru 12"
14" +
Return Air Grilles




4" x 10"
6" x 10"


4" x 12"
6" x 12"


4" x 14"
6" x 14"







8" x 14"






Louvered Registers




4" x 10"
6" x 10"


4" x 12"
6" x 12"


4" x 14"
6" x 14"






Octagon Bronze Vent Covers

Vent Cover Finish Options
Light Oil Rubbed Bronze
Dark Oil Rubbed Bronze
Antique Burnished Bronze
Satin Nickel White Bronze

Vent Cover Duct Opening Size Options as of August 2014
2" thru 4"
6" thru 8"
10" thru 12"
14" +
Return Air Grilles




2" x 10"
6" x 6"
10" x 10"
14" x 14"
2" x 12"
6" x 8"
10" x 12"
14" x 16"
2" x 14"
6" x 10"
10" x 14"
14" x 18"

6" x 12"
10" x 16"
14" x 20"
4" x 8"
6" x 14"
10" x 18"

4" x 10"
6" x 16"
10" x 24"
16" x 16"
4" x 12"
6" x 18"


4" x 14"
6" x 20"
12" x 12"
18" x 18"
4" x 16"
6" x 24"
12" x 14"

4" x 18"
6" x 28"
12" x 16"
20" x 20"
4" x 20"
6" x 30"
12" x 18"

4" x 24"

12" x 20"

4" x 30"
8" x 8"
12" x 24"


8" x 10"



8" x 12"



8" x 14"



8" x 16"



8" x 18"



8" x 20"



8" x 24"



8" x 30"






Octagon Aluminum Vent Covers


Vent Cover Finish Options
Powder Coat Black
Powder Coat Brown
Powder Coat White
Vent Cover Duct Opening Size Options as of August 2014
2" thru 4"
6" thru 8"
10" thru 12"
14" +
Return Air Grilles




4" x 10"
6" x 6"
10" x 12"

4" x 12"
6" x 10"
10" x 14"

4" x 14"
6" x 12"


4" x 24"
6" x 14"
12" x 14"


6" x 18"
12" x 18"


6" x 24"



6" x 28"



6" x 30"







8" x 14"






Renaissance Bronze Vent Covers

Vent Cover Finish Options
Light Oil Rubbed Bronze
Dark Oil Rubbed Bronze
Antique Burnished Bronze
Satin Nickel White Bronze


Vent Cover Duct Opening Size Options as of August 2014
2" thru 4"
6" thru 8"
10" thru 12"
14" +
Return Air Grilles




2" x 10"
6" x 6"
10" x 10"
14" x 14"
2" x 12"
6" x 8"
10" x 12"
14" x 20"
2" x 14"
6" x 10"
10" x 14"
14" x 24"

6" x 12"
10" x 18"
14" x 30"
3" x 10"
6" x 14"
10" x 20"


6" x 16"
10" x 24"
16" x 16"
4" x 8"
6" x 18"

16" x 20"
4" x 10"
6" x 20"
12" x 12"
16" x 24"
4" x 12"
6" x 22"
12" x 14"
16" x 30"
4" x 14"
6" x 24"
12" x 20"

4" x 16"
6" x 30"
12" x 24"
18" x 18"
4" x 18"

12" x 30"
18" x 20"
4" x 20"
8" x 8"

18" x 24"
4" x 24"
8" x 10"


4" x 30"
8" x 12"

20" x 20"

8" x 14"

20" x 24"

8" x 18"

20" x 30"

8" x 20"

24" x 24"

8" x 24"






Louvered Registers




2" x 10"
6" x 6"
10" x 10"

2" x 12"
6" x 10"
10" x 12"

2" x 14"
6" x 12"



6" x 14"


3" x 10"




8" x 12"


4" x 8"



4" x 10"



4" x 12"



4" x 14"







Renaissance Aluminum Vent Covers

Vent Cover Finish Options
Powder Coat Black
Powder Coat Brown
Powder Coat White

Vent Cover Duct Opening Size Options as of August 2014
2" thru 4"
6" thru 8"
10" thru 12"
14" +
Return Air Grilles




2" x 10"
6" x 6"
10" x 10"
14" x 14"
2" x 12"
6" x 8"
10" x 12"
14" x 16"
2" x 14"
6" x 10"
10" x 14"
14" x 18"
2" x 48"
6" x 12"
10" x 18"
14" x 20"

6" x 14"
10" x 20"
14" x 24"
3" x 10"
6" x 16"
10" x 22"
14" x 28"

6" x 18"
10" x 24"
14" x 30"
4" x 6"
6" x 20"
10" x 30"
14" x 32"
4" x 8"
6" x 22"
10" x 36"
14" x 36"
4" x 10"
6" x 24"
10" x 48"
14" x 40"
4" x 12"
6" x 30"

14" x 48"
4" x 14"
6" x 34"
12" x 12"

4" x 16"
6" x 36"
12" x 14"
16" x 16"
4" x 18"
6" x 48"
12" x 16"
16" x 18"
4" x 20"

12" x 18"
16" x 20"
4" x 22"
8" x 8"
12" x 20"
16" x 24"
4" x 24"
8" x 10"
12" x 24"
16" x 26"
4" x 26"
8" x 12"
12" x 30"
16" x 30"
4" x 30"
8" x 14"
12" x 36"
16" x 36"
4" x 36"
8" x 16"
12" x 38"

4" x 38"
8" x 18"
12" x 48"
18" x 18"
4" x 48"
8" x 20"

18" x 20"

8" x 24"

18" x 22"

8" x 30"

18" x 24"

8" x 36"

18" x 30"

8" x 48"

18" x 32"



18" x 36"







20" x 20"



20" x 24"



20" x 30"



20" x 32"



20" x 36"







22" x 22"







24" x 24"



24" x 30"







30" x 30"




Louvered Registers




2" x 10"
6" x 6"
10" x 10"
14" x 14"
2" x 12"
6" x 8"
10" x 12"

2" x 14"
6" x 10"
10" x 14"


6" x 12"


3" x 10"
6" x 14"
12" x 12"



12" x 14"

4" x 8"
8" x 8"


4" x 10"
8" x 10"


4" x 12"
8" x 12"


4" x 14"
8" x 14"


4" x 6"







Renaissance Bronze Round Vent Covers

Vent Cover Finish Options
Light Oil Rubbed Bronze
Dark Oil Rubbed Bronze
Antique Burnished Bronze
Satin Nickel White Bronze

Vent Cover Duct Opening Size Options as of August 2014
2" thru 4"
6" thru 8"
10" thru 12"
14" +
Return Air Grilles




4" Diameter
6" Diameter
10" Diameter
14" Diameter





8" Diameter
12" Diameter





Louvered Registers





6" Diameter
10" Diameter
14" Diameter





8" Diameter
12" Diameter





Tropical Bronze Vent Covers

Vent Cover Finish Options
Light Oil Rubbed Bronze
Dark Oil Rubbed Bronze
Antique Burnished Bronze
Satin Nickel White Bronze

Vent Cover Duct Opening Size Options as of August 2014
2" thru 4"
6" thru 8"
10" thru 12"
14" +
Return Air Grilles




4" x 8"
6" x 10"
10" x 10"

4" x 10"
6" x 12"


4" x 12"
6" x 14"


4" x 14"




8" x 14"



8" x 8"






Victorian Bronze Vent Covers

Vent Cover Finish Options
Light Oil Rubbed Bronze
Dark Oil Rubbed Bronze
Antique Burnished Bronze
Satin Nickel White Bronze

Vent Cover Duct Opening Size Options as of August 2014
2" thru 4"
6" thru 8"
10" thru 12"
14" +
Return Air Grilles




4" x 8"
6" x 10"

14" x 20"
4" x 10"
6" x 12"


4" x 12"
6" x 14"

20" x 20"
4" x 14"
6" x 16"


4" x 16"
6" x 30"







8" x 14"






Louvered Registers




4" x 8"
6" x 10"

4" x 10"

6" x 12"

4" x 12"

6" x 14"

4" x 14"





8" x 14"






Victorian Aluminum Vent Covers

Vent Cover Finish Options
Powder Coat Black
Powder Coat Brown
Powder Coat White

Vent Cover Duct Opening Size Options as of August 2014
2" thru 4"
6" thru 8"
10" thru 12"
14" +
Return Air Grilles




4" x 8"
6" x 8"
10" x 10"
14" x 20"
4" x 10"
6" x 10"
10" x 12"
14" x 24"
4" x 12"
6" x 12"
10" x 14"
14" x 30"
4" x 14"
6" x 14"
10" x 16"

4" x 16"
6" x 16"
10" x 24"
18" x 30"

6" x 20"



6" x 30"
12" x 12"
20" x 20"


12" x 20"
20" x 24"

8" x 12"

20" x 30"

8" x 14"



8" x 24"






Louvered Registers




4" x 8"
6" x 8"
10" x 10"

4" x 10"
6" x 10"
10" x 12"

4" x 12"
6" x 12"
10" x 14"

4" x 14"
6" x 14"




12" x 12"


8" x 12"



8" x 14"








Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:28:00 +0000
Pedestal Tub Majesty: Reviewing the Restoria Bathtub Company Majesty Acrylic Pedestal Bathtub
Impressive stateliness.  That is how the dictionary defines majesty.  Impressive stateliness is also a fitting description for the new Restoria Bathtub Company acrylic double-ended pedestal bathtub that just so happens to be named "Majesty".  Coincidence?  I think not.  The Majesty acrylic pedestal bathtub is 66" of bathing bliss.  Today, we review the Restoria Bathtub Company 66" Majesty acrylic double-ended pedestal bathtub.

The Majesty acrylic pedestal bathtub is best described as an acrylic cast iron replica bathtub.  Restoria Bathtub Company's innovative multi-stage crafting process replicates a cast iron tub's subtle variations in texture and character to create a durable acrylic bathtub in the spirit of the original Victorian era cast iron bathtubs but at a fraction of the weight and cost.  The Majesty acrylic pedestal bathtub is also remarkably strong.  Reinforced with fiberglass, the Majesty acrylic pedestal tub is engineered to withstand over 1,100 lbs. of pressure.  Because of its acrylic construction, the Majesty acrylic pedestal bathtub heats up faster, stays warm longer, is easier to clean, is more germ resistant, and holds its shine better over time than traditional cast iron pedestal tubs.  If that weren't enough, the Majesty acrylic pedestal bathtub is 100% American made.

The Majesty acrylic double-ended pedestal bathtub measures 66" long x 30" wide x 23" high overall.  The slip resistant bottom of the tub is reinforced with a steel plate to provide a firm seating area.  The seating area measures a generous 45-1/2" long x 17" wide.  The Majesty acrylic pedestal bathtub is offered with 7" center rim faucet holes for deck mounted clawfoot tub faucets or without faucet holes for freestanding clawfoot tub faucets or wall mounted clawfoot tub faucets.

The Restoria Bathtub Company 66" Majesty acrylic double-ended pedestal bathtub promises superior comfort, quality, and strength.  In other words, impressive stateliness.  Visit Shop 4 Classics to order your Restoria Bathtub Company 66" Majesty acrylic double-ended pedestal bathtub.

Restoria Bathtub Company Majesty Acrylic Double-Ended Pedestal Bathtub


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