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Old New York Cottage Gets an Arts & Crafts Interior

By Mary Ellen Polson

Photographs by: Steve Gross & Susan Daley 

More than a century ago, this artist’s family from New York began summering in a town later famous for a concert (which actually took place 90 miles away). Even…


Added by Emily O'Brien on January 4, 2018 at 7:46pm — No Comments

A Classical Lakeside Home


Photographs by Eric Piasecki

To gain that same appreciation, Schafer began by driving (and boating) around the region,…


Added by Emily O'Brien on January 4, 2018 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Romancing a Twenties Home

In California, a 1928 red-tile and stucco house with a Hispano–Deco interior gets a period-perfect kitchen with inspired details. 

By Brian D. Coleman | Photos by William Wright…

The 1928 Spanish Revival home was remarkably intact, with its original red tiled roof, balconies, tower, and arched casement windows.

Added by Emily O'Brien on November 2, 2016 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Hot Water, Cool Savings

Almost every type of water heater now offers improved efficiency—even that dinosaur, the storage-tank heater.

By Mary Ellen Polson

Panels for solar water heaters usually have a smaller footprint than those for overall heating.

Panels for solar water heaters usually have a smaller footprint than those for overall heating.…


Added by Emily O'Brien on November 2, 2016 at 12:07pm — 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

Quick Energy Fixes

Thick walls, deep eaves, and high ceilings are all reasons why old houses feel cooler in hot weather and warmer in winter than more recent buildings do. Even so, many old houses lack insulation and central HVAC systems, making it hard to retrofit them with the latest in technological advances.

By Mary Ellen Polson…


Added by Emily O'Brien on November 2, 2016 at 12:02pm — No Comments

Arts & Crafts or Coastal Style?

Our new lakefront cottage has a vintage look and I am trying to decide if an Arts & Crafts look or a Coastal look is more appropriate. I think an Arts & Crafts look is tougher to pull off but I really respect and admire that style. A coastal look may be more suitable to something that is lakefront and is easier with all that wicker and white paint.  Any thoughts? I have attached a picture of the front. …


Added by Terry Spencer on October 15, 2012 at 11:13am — 8 Comments

Cheap Winter Window Fix

I have turn of the early 1900's "replacement" windows and good old aluminum storms.  Drinking straws make wonderful, easily removed gaskets.  They even fit in the storm window bottoms.  When I close a window, its tight! 

Added by lyn joy on October 1, 2012 at 8:45am — 4 Comments

Imminent Teardown of an Historic Home


Yet another of New England’s early saltbox homes has recently been condemned to teardown in the name of commercialism and historically insensitive…


Added by John Poole on September 26, 2012 at 1:30am — 7 Comments

House style

Picture%202.pngWhat do you think is the style of my Victorian house?

Most say it is in the Gothic Victorian style due to the arched windows and front double door and the quoins in the corners.

Added by gary minnick on September 19, 2012 at 5:00pm — 5 Comments

Andrew J Kuykendall Home

Looking for someone to purchase and restore this historic four on four greek revival home in Southern Illinois.

Needs some foundation work on west wall, otherwise lathe plaster needs gutted and ready for a restoration.  Reasonably priced at $32,500.  Sits on beautiful half acre lot two blocks from courthouse square.…


Added by Faith L Haney on September 13, 2012 at 12:04am — No Comments

1917 Toilet still up for grabs FREE. Southern Maine


I have a simple white Portland Maine toilet that would match your typical claw foot tub and 2 faucet sink from the early 1900's. The potty uses all standard parts and was working when I replaced it with an extended bowl. I had put a gallon jug of water in the tank to save water. The offset is 2 inches farther out than standard, but there is some room for adjustment by replacing the goose neck with a different piece.

Call Lyn at 207-604-0335

Added by lyn joy on September 1, 2012 at 12:22pm — 1 Comment

Our friend Jane Powell

Old-House Journal readers know longtime contributor Jane Powell, an Arts & Crafts expert and author extraordinaire best known for her books about bungalow décor and linoleum. We’re sorry to report that Jane is suffering from advanced cancer. To help her during this difficult time, friends have set up…


Added by Demetra on July 16, 2012 at 11:43am — No Comments

Sistering Floor Joists

This old farmhouse had old bones that needed some reinforcement.  The house had settled about 4 inches across 16 feet, and was one of the first things I set my mind on to fix.  In the attic there was an old chimney that weighed about 1 ton and was removed.  In the basement they had added a ground level window and an opening to the crawl space of the addition.  Both of these had butt ends of the pressure treated sill plate unsupported.  This caused some settling and needed to be addressed. …


Added by Sean A. Eaton on July 13, 2012 at 5:45pm — No Comments

That Sinking feeling

That Sinking feeling

     For some time now, the faucet sink in the master bath has had a slight drip from the hot water. We were aware of it but it wasn’t so bad that I needed to fix it asap.  Well, recently the drip has pick up speed.  No only was it not good for the water bill, I could hear it at night. The drip…drip….drip was causing me to loss sleep. …


Added by TriDog on April 9, 2012 at 4:43pm — No Comments

House Painting and Roof

Here is a couple of Before Pictures:

This is the back


Front Corner View

Now this…


Added by Bill Hendrickson on March 17, 2012 at 9:54pm — 1 Comment

The Dinning Room

      As mentioned in previous postings, shortly after moving into our new Old House, we had a major roof leak.  The interior walls in the first floor dinning room got wet, but we got lucky that the ceiling escaped the rainwater. Unfortunately, the built in hutch got the worst of it.  So, in the mid fall of 2005, we ended up gutting around that built in hoping we could save it. 


      A little surprise…


Added by TriDog on April 16, 2012 at 2:25pm — No Comments

An Unintentionally French Country Kitchen

I have never had a kitchen that I designed to fit my own cooking style until now. While so many people are taking down walls to create an open design, I was very happy with my kitchen partitioned off from the rest of the first floor.

I love to cook, but if I am sitting at my dining table, I don't want…


Added by Karan Andrea on December 18, 2011 at 8:00pm — 4 Comments


I am a co-chair for the Members Gallery at this year's Furniture Society Conference.  We are delighted to invite all Furniture Society members to submit to the Members Gallery at this year's conference. Design, Community & Sublime Conference will be held at Maine College of Art from June 14-16,2012 in Portland Maine. The exhibition is a wonderful opportunity to show one's work to your peers and other conference attendees. We encourage all Society members to…


Added by Glen G.Guarino on March 21, 2012 at 12:35pm — No Comments

What style is my house built in 1913?

Added by Jill Deckard on March 14, 2012 at 8:36pm — 4 Comments

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