Almost every type of water heater now offers improved efficiency—even that dinosaur, the storage-tank heater.
Your Guide to Old Houses: Old-House OnlineThis site is the ultimate resource for owners of old houses and period-style homes, gathering information from Old-House Journal, Old-House Interiors, Early Homes, and New Old House. You’ll find inspiration, how-to info and advice, stories and photos of old houses galore and sources for traditional products. Whether you’re restoring your old house or searching for period decor, you’ll find help here.
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.
"Our 165-year-old interior doors sometimes pop open without human help. Do we have a ghost?" —Kathy Stein
As stewards of an 1867 Italianate mansion and carriage house in rural Vermont, we choose restoration over remodeling. After all, the first owner is watching.