Old House Gospel by Walter Jowers Starting From the Top After ten years of taking apart old houses and putting them back together–from the 1880s Brooklyn remodeled row house I lived in for a year, with its all-white walls and tendollar light fixtures; to the 1950s nondescript South Carolina bungalow that I grew up in, with its hardboardand fiberglass porch built out of spare parts from my father's building business–I've developed more than a few prejudices about renovation projects. Let me share just a few of them with you... Let's start on the outside at the top. If somebody had an old house–any old house built in this continent since the Pilgrims came–and they asked me what kind of roof to put