The real-estate agent apologized for the old kitchen, but the new owners totally got it.
By Patricia Poore
“The kitchen is a Fifties nightmare, a horror show,” whispered the broker: It still had its turquoise cabinets,…Continue
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Forty years ago, collectors of early Americana set about creating a house worthy of the furnishings.
By Tim Tanner
Both Rich and Jean grew up not far from here, and met in high school. Jean had been a fortunate witness to…Continue
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Boarded up and forlorn, the colonial house was adopted, then dismantled and moved to the Hudson Valley by a couple of dedicated preservationists.
By Patricia Poore
Surviving since colonial days, the …Continue
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The case of the foul-smelling can of paint, and a fix.
It was over a year ago that we bought latex paint for the dining room in our 1915 Foursquare, but put off the project. When we opened the cans, the paint smelled like sour…Continue
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In Black Mountain, North Carolina, craftsmanship holds sway, giving a new cabin all the warmth and integrity of an old house.
By Brian D. Coleman
Half-hidden in the trees, the mountain cabin is called Ravenscroft. Owners Chas Fitzgerald…Continue
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Turns out the previous owner of my 1940s apartment had restored the built-in metal radiators by stripping surfaces down to bare steel and sealing them with a metal-friendly lacquer. Blithely and over time, I set potted geraniums and basil on the radiator tops, occasionally sloshing…Continue
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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…Continue
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Photographs by Eric Piasecki
To gain that same appreciation, Schafer began by driving (and boating) around the region,…Continue
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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…Continue
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Almost every type of water heater now offers improved efficiency—even that dinosaur, the storage-tank heater.
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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…Continue
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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.
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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. …Continue
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!
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.