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      Old-growth wood trim and flooring may last practically forever, but finishes are ephemeral. They need refreshing when they begin to look worn and dirty.


        Used with a wood or wrought-iron balustrade, a salvaged cast-iron newel post adds history.


          Although there was some labor involved, this solution to a problem floor was inexpensive and remarkably effective.


          Boardinghouse Blues

          Thumbnail image for Boardinghouse Blues "A home with a hernia." - Ken Ellis
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          Staid in Tennessee

          Thumbnail image for Staid in Tennessee Rooms reflect an earlier era in this neoclassical house of 1869 in Woodbury, Tennessee. The owner is an antiques dealer with a deep knowledge of 18th- and early 19th-century Southern art and antiques.
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          Tables for any Occasion

          Thumbnail image for Tables for any Occasion Side tables and small occasional tables in early America were portable, versatile, and delightfully varied in style.
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          Warm Welcome

          Thumbnail image for Warm Welcome Treat guests to a traditionally styled entry.
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          Porch with a View

          Thumbnail image for Porch with a View When Hammer Architects added a spacious new porch to an old Watch Hill home, they created interesting opportunities for landscape architect Keith LeBlanc.
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          Living History

          Thumbnail image for Living History Discovering ancient plantings for American gardens.
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          Going Home

          Thumbnail image for Going Home Reimagining a client’s boyhood home, Austin Patterson Disston Architects and landscape architect Diane Devore create a self-sustaining compound meant for multiple generations.
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          Faithful to Local Roots

          Thumbnail image for Faithful to Local Roots A kitchen addition takes its place in the house’s history.
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          Revised Tradition

          Thumbnail image for Revised Tradition Cohen & Hacker Architects designs a new house on Chicago’s North Shore.
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          One Home, Many Centuries

          Thumbnail image for One Home, Many Centuries In Vermont, Connor Homes envisions a new addition to an existing farmhouse.
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          Flickering Lights

          Thumbnail image for Flickering Lights "The strobe effect reminds me of a 1970s disco ball." - Tom Welsh
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          An Artistic Home

          Thumbnail image for An Artistic Home A generic ranch of 1949 becomes a personal retreat that can also hold a crowd.
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          Keeping Kitchen

          Thumbnail image for Keeping Kitchen A light dusting won't cut it in this most hardworking of rooms.
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          Forties Fun!

          Thumbnail image for Forties Fun! Although modest, this 1941 house offered all sorts of cues, from English storybook elements outside to curved walls and glass block within.
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          Sometimes Conformity is Good

          Thumbnail image for Sometimes Conformity is Good Don't buy a row house if you can’t play nice with others.
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          Will Moses, Folk Artist

          Thumbnail image for Will Moses, Folk Artist Americana painter Will Moses carries on a family tradition in unique style.
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          Committed to the Details

          Thumbnail image for Committed  to the Details The 1890 house had “all its integrity,” say its owners: stained-glass windows, a monumental staircase, fine woodwork, and even a dumbwaiter. But it needed their loving restoration.
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          Leveling a Bathtub

          Thumbnail image for Leveling a Bathtub "After living in my 1925 Colonial Revival for a few months, I noticed that water tends to pond on the rim of the bathtub underneath the faucet. Black mold keeps popping up along that side, especially in the corner. We have to hit it with bleach almost daily! Finally I got out a level, and found the tub is higher at the other end. Otherwise it functions well. Seems like a big project…" —Anna Taylor
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