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

          Romancing a Twenties Home

          Thumbnail image for 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.
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          Playful Tradition

          Thumbnail image for Playful Tradition A design firm creates a light and airy home informed by historical styles.
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          Bungalow Reimagined

          Thumbnail image for Bungalow Reimagined In Mill Valley, California, Heidi Richardson designs with an eye toward history and redwoods.
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          For a Unique Backsplash

          Thumbnail image for For a Unique Backsplash Embossed metal ceiling panels are perfect for this application.
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          Spanish Revival

          Thumbnail image for Spanish Revival It was a style craze that promised history, luxury, and leisure.
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          We’re Snug As A Bug In A Rug

          Thumbnail image for We’re Snug As A Bug In A Rug There was no need to replace the old windows in our 1756 New Hampshire house.
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          Test Your Knowledge

          Thumbnail image for Test Your Knowledge Think you're an old house expert? Test your knowledge with this short quiz.
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          Realty Non Fealty

          Thumbnail image for Realty Non Fealty Somebody put the gingerbread in a crackerbox. —Nancy Rutman
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          Down the Cellar

          Thumbnail image for Down the Cellar Whether your house has a basement, a crawl space, or a root cellar, any space below grade is subject to water infiltration and its damaging effects. Let’s look at how to keep the water (and damp) out.
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          Barbershop Bathroom

          Thumbnail image for Barbershop Bathroom The town barber in Randolph, Vermont, was retiring, and his iconic 1919 shop was for sale.
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          A Storied Old House

          Thumbnail image for A Storied Old House This house has seen many changes, and it even survived a fire. The oldest part, timber framed, dates to 1670.
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          Better with a Bumpout

          Thumbnail image for Better with a Bumpout This Tudor bungalow once felt small and cramped. After some deft changes, including a very modest addition to make the kitchen usable, it lives large.
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          Let There Be Skylight

          Thumbnail image for Let There Be Skylight Here’s a problem-solving overview of options for bringing more natural light (and ventilation) into a residential interior.
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          Closed Off Vents?

          Thumbnail image for Closed Off Vents? "Why would anyone install heat vents on the second floor, then close them off?" —Wendy Kaufman
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          Snapshots of Island Life

          Thumbnail image for Snapshots of Island Life This Vermont family found they couldn’t be without a carefree summer cabin. Now it’s their primary house, already filled with good memories.
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          Period-Style Screen Doors

          Thumbnail image for Period-Style Screen Doors No need to settle for aluminum or vinyl from the big-box store.
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          A Truer Façade

          Thumbnail image for A Truer Façade After some cosmetic upgrades, we enlisted help for a rear addition.
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          Slipcovered in Vinyl

          Thumbnail image for Slipcovered in Vinyl "Slipcovered in vinyl, identity lost." —Debra Rabe Parker
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          Mapping a Craftsman Palette

          Thumbnail image for Mapping a Craftsman Palette Interior colors are softened yet bold in this 1916 Arts & Crafts home, complementing dark chestnut woodwork in the restful interior.
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          More than Skin Deep

          Thumbnail image for More than Skin Deep Stone veneers have become popular as a residential finish, appearing on fireplaces, chimneys, and foundations.
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          The House That Passion Built

          Thumbnail image for The House That Passion Built Forty years ago, collectors of early Americana set about creating a house worthy of the furnishings.
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          Neglected No Longer

          Thumbnail image for Neglected No Longer The exterior is done, but we’ve got years to go restoring our Queen Anne.
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          A Window Sash That Won’t Budge

          Thumbnail image for A Window Sash That Won’t Budge "We’ve tried prying, chiseling, and swearing, but nothing makes the window sash budge." —Polly Whitney
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          Hitting a Brick Wall

          Thumbnail image for Hitting a Brick Wall "It’s a house-eat-house world, Dad!" - John Shiflet, quoting his daughter
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          Pushbutton Switches

          Thumbnail image for Pushbutton Switches The pushbutton wall switch was introduced ca. 1890 for residential 110-volt circuits. Its distinctive click has to do with designing for direct current, then common.
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          The Perspective Landscape

          Thumbnail image for The Perspective Landscape Layering built and organic features transforms a lot “with potential” into a sweet retreat.
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          Painting Double-Hung Sash

          Thumbnail image for Painting Double-Hung Sash Carelessly painted windows are frequently stuck forever and one regrettable reason homeowners purchase replacements. Neither the prep nor the painting is complicated, however.
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          The American Farmhouse

          Thumbnail image for The American Farmhouse Donald Lococo Architects preserves history while designing a home for today.
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