Clare Alexander
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What's the worst thing a contractor has done to your house?
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Started this discussion. Last reply by James Olson Apr 19, 2014.

What has your spouse screwed up?
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Started this discussion. Last reply by James Olson May 1, 2014.

Share your salvage ideas!
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Mark W. Hoffa Jun 26, 2014.


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Clare Alexander replied to Clare Alexander's discussion Share your salvage ideas!
"Tammy, check out this directory, organized by state: Sorry to hear about your house!"
Jun 18, 2014
Tammy Harrold replied to Clare Alexander's discussion Share your salvage ideas!
"i am new to the sight & i am looking for salvage/deconstuction companies in texas.  my house recently burned down.  it was built in 1928.  i think there is a lot that can be salvaged.  can you give me company names?"
Jun 18, 2014
Clare Alexander replied to matt desloge's discussion what kind of house did I buy?
"This looks like my house in Denver (built in 1899)! Our publisher calls it a classical vernacular cottage, while our local historic district calls it a hipped roof cottage."
Jun 2, 2014
James Olson replied to Clare Alexander's discussion What has your spouse screwed up?
"Thanks, Phil, very nice of you.  But if this had been a client's project I would have been responsible (and would have had it re-built immediately to ensure satisfaction).  My wife knows I'm going to have it redone; the…"
May 1, 2014
Tom owns a Barber #1 replied to Clare Alexander's discussion What has your spouse screwed up?
"This is easy. My wife has NEVER done anything wrong. Ever. And all are happy in our old house. Tom"
May 1, 2014
Phil replied to Clare Alexander's discussion What has your spouse screwed up?
"That porch picture you posted was brutal.  I don't think that you can be held responsible for that."
Apr 26, 2014
Charles J replied to Clare Alexander's discussion What has your spouse screwed up?
"I refuse to comment on the grounds it may incriminate me. I'm usually the one who screws things up. I'll have to think about this one..."
Apr 26, 2014
James Olson replied to Clare Alexander's discussion What has your spouse screwed up?
" In the above thread I mention a) hiring a "fake" architect, b) a mistake in the design/construction dwgs./framing of the front porch,…"
Apr 23, 2014

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Tell us about yourself:
I'm the managing editor of Old-House Journal.
Tell us about your old-house experiences and dreams:
After years of living in old apartment buildings, I finally was able to purchase an old house (1899) in March 2014! My husband and I are slowly restoring it, one room at a time.

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Announcing MyOldHouseOnline's Home for the Holidays Contest

In the year or so since we started this community, we've been beyond impressed with the pictures of lovingly restored homes you've shared with us. And we're betting that when it comes time to decorate for the holidays, you're going to wow us once again. Think your holiday decorations have what it takes to win you a free year of Old-House Journal? Then enter them in our Home for the Holidays contest!

Here's the deal: Any holiday that falls… Continue

Posted on October 18, 2010 at 10:46am

The Joys of House-Hunting

For all its related stresses, I genuinely do love the process of looking for a new place to live. I'm the kind of person who likes to walk around in the evenings, peering into people's windows to see what their homes look like inside. House-hunting offers the same thrill, magnified—instead of merely getting a glimpse of the kitchen or living room from the sidewalk, you get to poke around each and every room and (even better!) imagine how you'd do things differently.

For the past few… Continue

Posted on July 1, 2010 at 10:35am

New Contest: Best Storage Ideas!

Calling all handy homeowners! In conjunction with our storage-themed April/May issue, the editors of Old-House Journal are looking for your best old-house storage ideas. We realize that a lack of storage space is often a huge disadvantage of older homes, but we also know it's true that necessity is the mother of invention—so we're betting you've found plenty of creative ways to get around the storage conundrum. Send us a photo,… Continue

Posted on February 16, 2010 at 7:01pm

And the winner is...

Congratulations to Lair Tienter, Contestant #18, who swept MyOHJ's Perfect Porch Contest with a commanding victory!

Lair's porch will be featured in the September/October issue of Old-House Journal, so be sure to pick up a copy in early September to see his porch in print. If you voted for Lair and would like to share what you love about his porch for inclusion in our… Continue

Posted on July 27, 2009 at 9:16am

MyOHJ's Perfect Porch Contest: Is your porch a winner?

Confession time: When I was proofing our July/August issue and read Jim McMaster's story about how he completely rebuilt the intricate balustrade on his Victorian lake house, I was in awe. Using nothing more than the tools he had on hand and a healthy dose of ingenuity, he was able to craft a spot-on replica of the original railing that will stay with his house for another century or… Continue

Posted on June 26, 2009 at 5:00pm — 6 Comments

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At 2:55pm on August 15, 2008, Demetra said…
It's cool that you're going to Craftsman Weekend--you're really going to like it.
At 12:57pm on September 19, 2008, Lisa Curry Mair said…
Would OHJ like to feature an interesting little business in southern Vermont? I own Canvasworks Floorcloths and have been designing, fabricating, and painting canvas floorcloths for museums, interior designers and individual's homes for 15 years. The studio is part of our rambling 18th, 19th and 20th century farmhouse, which is nestled at the base of the majestic Ascutney Mountain. You can learn all about my business and floorcloths at
Here's a photo of one of my floorcloths, posing in our kitchen:

Please call (802)263-5410 or email me if you'd like to talk about this.
-Lisa Curry Mair
At 10:55am on September 28, 2010, Kathi Moore said…
Be sure to visit back when the Arts & Crafts exhibition opens Nov. 2, 2010 - March 30, 2012. Details will be here:

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