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5 Ways to Make Your Old House as Energy-Efficient as a New One

If you live in a house that’s more than fifty years old, you’re probably used to paying higher utility bills. Today’s architects and contractors take into consideration the energy efficiency and consumers value it as one of the best features a home can have. It wasn’t always like that. Not because the energy was more abundant thirty or forty years ago, but because the construction industry couldn’t seal off the outside influences with the same efficiency as they do it…


Added by Emma Lawson on May 12, 2017 at 11:59am — No Comments

Most Common Old House Plumbing Issues

Old houses have their charm, but they actually can cause many problems. Besides the possibility of mold and mildew development, outdated materials used for building or termite infestation, older houses have some common problems when it comes to plumbing. These can cause many other troubles since a busted pipe can flood your home and cause mold and ruin walls and floors. That’s why it is good to know the most common plumbing issues so you would know what to…


Added by Emma Lawson on April 26, 2017 at 7:44am — No Comments

4 Most Common Old House Renovations

There’s something about old houses, especially if you prefer the taste of vintage. Renovating an old home into something you can live in is definitely cheaper than buying a brand new state-of-the-art piece of real estate. However, knowing what common renovations to expect once you decide to fix an old house is crucial for making this decision.…


Added by Emma Lawson on April 10, 2017 at 2:16am — 1 Comment

How to clean wood furniture

Many people choose wood furniture for their beauty, toughness and diverse patters. Usually, it doesn’t require much maintenance as it survives on its own quite successfully. However, as time passes it builds up dust and dirt that can be the cause of your furniture’s unpleasant look. The wood can get dull and can darken over the years. This is the reason why, it is recommended to spare some free time and take care of them. Fortunately, it is quite easy to identify the material as wood is very…


Added by Rosie Murray on April 7, 2017 at 8:11am — 2 Comments

DIY Non-toxic bathroom cleaners

Ah, bathroom cleaning! It is one of the most disliked chores in every household. The nature of the bathroom is to have a lot of water, steam and mildew in it, a lot of products are used in it and even when you do not notice at the moment many accidental spills and splashes occur that turn into thing scum which gets harder and harder to clean.

Usually, everyone determines for their own bathroom how often it should be cleaned – weekly or biweekly. But in these one or two weeks, the…


Added by Tilly Sanders on April 5, 2017 at 9:23am — No Comments

A Beginner’s Guide to Using Antiques in Your Home

As we all know, fashion keeps changing and some trends that were popular years ago tend to come back in style. This is why keeping clothes and furniture of our great-grandparents might come in handy as we can use them later in a new setting. So, it would be good if you could…


Added by Emma Lawson on March 28, 2017 at 8:41am — No Comments

7 Hazards of Living in a Vintage House

Vintage houses have a unique and specific charm that can enchant anyone who enters them. Not only is their architecture compelling, but they also have their own history and memories behind them. Despite their enticing beauty, old houses can be home to numerous hazards that can endanger our health and well-being. If you’re living in a vintage house, you should be aware of the possible dangers it hides.…


Added by Emma Lawson on March 21, 2017 at 6:30am — No Comments

Top Appliances for Your Old Style Kitchen

They say kitchen is the heart of the home and when you think about it, it really is the place that fuels your body and gives you the energy to get through the day. This is also the case when it comes to old style houses and that’s why you should be very careful when designing your kitchen. It’s looks is determined by the things you decide to put in it with appliances being the most important among them. And there’s no need to say that that’s where you simply have to go with retro style that…


Added by Emma Lawson on March 20, 2017 at 10:22am — No Comments

Slate Roof Repair

It's been 15 yrs since I had my slate roof installed. My house suffered wind damage last Wednesday.  I called Durable Slate, my roof installer, on Thursday.  Durable arrived Friday to inspect my roof.  The repair crew arrived today and re-attached my copper roof ridge to my roof.  They replaced broken slates and replaced copper rivets on one downspout. I can't praise Durable enough! they are always there for me!!

Added by Susan Scofield on March 13, 2017 at 6:59pm — No Comments

True Vintage Style

The 1970s kitchen was garish before we got serious about restoration.

By Rosalie Wampler and Michael Gill | Photos by Blackstone Edge Studios

We tried to make the best of a really…


Added by Emily O'Brien on March 7, 2017 at 12:13pm — No Comments

my copper backsplash wall

We were looking for natural material to fit red bricks and decided to go for copper backsplash which looks quite good in the kitchen. …


Added by Nora James on March 5, 2017 at 2:00pm — No Comments

5 Ways to Make Your Home Safer

Many people don’t know that we spend nearly half of our lives in our homes. Our home is a place where we have to feel and be the safest. That’s why we mustn’t leave anything to chance. With that being said, here is a list of tips on how to keep your home as safe as possible and at the same time calm your nerves.…


Added by Emma Lawson on February 27, 2017 at 10:14am — No Comments

5 Most Common Electrical issues with Old Houses

People who love the sight of a beautiful old house and who decide to own one should know that old houses, apart from all their charms, can have some downright worrisome problems. Many of these houses have been remained in their original state as building codes have been updated over the years. One of the most common quirks are electrical wiring troubles. The wiring system is outdated, which can cause some serious damage and put you and your family in danger.

The ways in which…


Added by Emma Lawson on February 8, 2017 at 7:45am — No Comments

We are looking for homes/homeowners of repurposed buildings for an upcoming Television Series

I am a Producer/Director for a Production Company in Knoxville, TN called Beyond Media.  We work closely with HGTV, DIY, and Great American Country Networks, and specialize in "Alternative" Homes. We are currently searching for primary resident homes that have been transformed/repurposed from a former use (Fire Station, Bank, Church, Barn, Shipping Container, Cave, etc.) If selected, these properties will be highlighted in an upcoming season of "You Live In What" on HGTV's sister…


Added by Brantley Ferrell on January 30, 2017 at 2:03pm — No Comments

Renovation Ideas for Kids’ Room

Renovating your house was never an easy job. Renovating the kids’ room makes this already challenging task even harder. You see, kids don’t need a traditional room. Kids need a sanctuary, a playhouse, a place which stimulates their imagination, a place where they can feel safe, and a place…


Added by Emma Lawson on January 27, 2017 at 5:29am — No Comments


I will be photos of inside and outside of my old house! some things I will photograph I don't even know what they were for. the first 2 are not my pics

Added by Steven Burke on January 25, 2017 at 7:25pm — No Comments

How to turn your vintage home dusty attic into a storage space

Do you have a dusty old attic space in your vintage home? If so, chances are that it has been gathering clutter for years – perhaps even generations. Without proper storage and organisation, this space is largely wasted. Get the most out of your home by turning that attic into a storage space with these tips.


Cut the clutter

The first thing that you need to do in order to sort out your attic is to get rid of all…


Added by ElizabethLee on January 24, 2017 at 6:22am — No Comments

Vintage Bedroom Style with a Modern Update

If you are one of many people who are surrounded with stress on the daily basis, bedroom is the place where you go for relaxation. It is that one moment at the end of the day where you can close your eyes, take a deep breath and relax. Since your bedroom has such a huge impact on your life, why not give it a remodeling? Getting that vintage bedroom you’ve always wanted can be quite easy and inexpensive. Here are a few tips that will help you create your own vintage bedroom with style and…


Added by Emma Lawson on January 19, 2017 at 6:19am — No Comments

10 Bathroom Renovation Tips

Are you planning to renovate your bathroom? If you are, you have found the right article to help you make all the right decisions, since this task is quite demanding and many factors have to be carefully considered. So, here is a list of practical tips, which you should think about and try to follow before you embark on your renovation adventure.…


Added by Emma Lawson on December 29, 2016 at 4:06am — No Comments

Things to Consider when Starting up a Landscaping Venture

Although it comes with its fair share of risks, having your own business has many benefits. You’re your own boss, which means that you can do it your way and at your own pace. Starting a landscaping service requires a reasonable amount of investment that you can easily fund on your own, especially if you already possess the necessary skills. However, there are several business aspects that you need to consider prior to venturing into something new.…


Added by Emma Lawson on December 28, 2016 at 7:13am — No Comments

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