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    The town barber in Randolph, Vermont, was retiring, and his iconic 1919 shop was for sale.
      "Why would anyone install heat vents on the second floor, then close them off?" —Wendy Kaufman
        The sensitive addition of new architectural elements added character to a mid-1920s house of uncertain origin and pedigree. Inside and out, it’s now a Colonial Revival showplace, better than the original.
          No need to settle for aluminum or vinyl from the big-box store.

          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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          A Truer Façade

          Thumbnail image for A Truer Façade After some cosmetic upgrades, we enlisted help for a rear addition.
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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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          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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          Deck Paint versus Stain

          Thumbnail image for Deck Paint versus Stain Finish options for porch flooring.
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          A Good Walk

          Thumbnail image for A Good Walk Laying a brick path is labor intensive but not complicated. Here’s how a DIY couple got professional results.
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          Living on the Porch

          Thumbnail image for Living on the Porch Outfit your front porch or screened porch as it was meant to be—an outdoor room with personality, comfort, color, and texture. Furnish it for conversation and for naps. Include a sturdy rug, side tables, pillows, and lots of plants.
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          Oh That Squeeeeeak…Thwack!

          Thumbnail image for Oh That Squeeeeeak…Thwack! Nothing beats a wooden screen door for old-fashioned appeal.
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          A Gothic Bed from Garden Fencing

          Thumbnail image for A Gothic Bed from Garden Fencing Sections of a Victorian Gothic fence found at a salvage yard were repurposed for a unique bed.
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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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          Easy Fixes for Curb Appeal

          Thumbnail image for Easy Fixes for Curb Appeal So-called curb appeal is a common concern among real-estate agents—but it also matters to those of us staying put. Here are some low- to medium-cost improvements that’ll brighten the neighborhood.
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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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          Door Styles in Early America

          Thumbnail image for Door Styles in Early America The evolution from battened plants to Neoclassical Icons.
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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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          Exterior Fix-Ups

          Thumbnail image for Exterior Fix-Ups Head outside for three projects: sealing tarnished brass, fixing torn window screens, and installing functional shutters. Get ready for summer!
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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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          Finishing Basics for Woodwork & Floors

          Thumbnail image for Finishing Basics for Woodwork & Floors 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.
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          Floorcloths

          Thumbnail image for Floorcloths Lisa Curry Mair works from the carriage-house wing of her 200-year-old farmhouse in Perkinsville, Vermont, designing and making floorcloths—a practical and artistic precursor to linoleum.
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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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          A DIY Floor in Wood Paint

          Thumbnail image for A DIY Floor in Wood Paint Although there was some labor involved, this solution to a problem floor was inexpensive and remarkably effective.
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          Grand Vision for a Tiny Retreat

          Thumbnail image for Grand Vision for a Tiny Retreat Architect and homeowner collaborate on a scheme to turn a dusty yard and a pressure-treated deck into a beautiful new amenity.
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          Boardinghouse Blues

          Thumbnail image for Boardinghouse Blues "A home with a hernia." - Ken Ellis
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          Step Up with a Cast Iron Newel

          Thumbnail image for Step Up with a Cast Iron Newel Used with a wood or wrought-iron balustrade, a salvaged cast-iron newel post adds history.
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          Manual Dumbwaiters

          Thumbnail image for Manual Dumbwaiters Many a row house had a hand-operated conveyance between floors.
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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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          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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          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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          Hamilton House in Maine

          Thumbnail image for Hamilton House in Maine Restored at the turn of the 20th century, this ca. 1785 Georgian became a model for Colonial Revival taste.
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          History Is in Our Blood

          Thumbnail image for History Is in Our Blood A New England Saltbox reproduced in Michigan holds a cherished collection of antiques along with handcrafted work by today’s designer-craftspeople.
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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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          Gutter Clinic

          Thumbnail image for Gutter Clinic The best time to inspect and clean your gutters is before problems start.
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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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          Beguiled into Stewardship

          Thumbnail image for Beguiled into Stewardship Fall in love with an old house, and you may find yourself moving from big city to rural hamlet to tackle a big project.
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