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Hot Water, Cool Savings

Thumbnail image for Hot Water, Cool Savings Almost every type of water heater now offers improved efficiency—even that dinosaur, the storage-tank heater.
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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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Quick Energy Fixes

Thumbnail image for Quick Energy Fixes 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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Stuff Ectoplasm Screwed Up

Thumbnail image for Stuff Ectoplasm Screwed Up "Our 165-year-old interior doors sometimes pop open without human help. Do we have a ghost?" —Kathy Stein
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A Journal, an Old House & a Matter of Time

Thumbnail image for A Journal, an Old House & a Matter of Time 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.
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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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Hearth & Home

Thumbnail image for Hearth & Home The wood-burning hearth once was necessarily the heart of the home. The mantelpiece evolved into a display of wealth and taste, became a decorating tour de force during the Victorian era. Even in homes with central heat, the hearth has remained a powerful symbol of family.
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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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For a Unique Backsplash

Thumbnail image for For a Unique Backsplash Embossed metal ceiling panels are perfect for this application.
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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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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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Timber Frame in History

Thumbnail image for Timber Frame in History Post & beam joinery.
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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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Iron Firebacks

Thumbnail image for Iron Firebacks A fireback is a cast-iron plate that sits at the back of a fireplace to protect the masonry from intense heat.
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Lighting Whimsies from Another’s Junk

Thumbnail image for Lighting Whimsies from Another’s Junk Get a load of three unique lamps that make us smile, made by a trio of salvage hounds who have imagination and some crafty skills.
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Radiator Enhancements

Thumbnail image for Radiator Enhancements Paint them, enclose them, ditch them? You have options.
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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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Northern Exposure: A Country House in Canada

Thumbnail image for Northern Exposure: A Country House in Canada A new old house over the border reflects the beauty of Canada’s traditional architecture.
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10 Fireplace Do’s & Don’ts

Thumbnail image for 10 Fireplace Do’s & Don’ts Follow this advice to keep your fireplace safe and snug all winter long.
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