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Places to Go: North House Folk School in Minnesota

Thumbnail image for Places to Go: North House Folk School in Minnesota This Minnesota folk school is a haven for those interested in Northern crafts.
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Authentic Wood Flooring for Early Homes

Thumbnail image for Authentic Wood Flooring for Early Homes Original wood floors are a prized feature—when they have survived. For those looking to approximate one, our experts explain what an authentic floor should look like.
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An Exuberant Queen Anne in Michigan

Thumbnail image for An Exuberant Queen Anne in Michigan A long journey took this restoration-committed owner deep into research—and on a hunt for antiques.
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Weekend Project: Regrout Tile & Tub

Thumbnail image for Weekend Project: Regrout Tile & Tub Stop bathroom leaks in their tracks by refreshing the grout around your tile and tub.
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8 Ways to Design a Kitchen for an Early House

Thumbnail image for 8 Ways to Design a Kitchen for an Early House These examples show it’s possible to combine old and new to create a traditional yet comfortable kitchen.
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Hardwood vs. Engineered Flooring

Thumbnail image for Hardwood vs. Engineered Flooring Which type of wood flooring is best for old houses? The answer depends on where you plan to use it.
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An 18th-Century Stone House with Patina

Thumbnail image for An 18th-Century Stone House with Patina The restoration of a beautifully reclaimed Dutch-English house in New York's historic Hudson River Valley.
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A Guide to Victorian-Era Furniture

Thumbnail image for A Guide to Victorian-Era Furniture The 19th century’s Victorian era produced a profusion of historically inspired architectural and furniture styles.
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Fixes for Common Wood Flooring Problems

Thumbnail image for Fixes for Common Wood Flooring Problems From removing stains to matching existing flooring, learn how to deal with some common wood floor issues.
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New Life for a Lakefront Cottage

Thumbnail image for New Life for a Lakefront Cottage Nestled by the water, snug in pretty new outerwear, this cottage will weather another century.
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The Best Flooring Choices for Old-House Kitchens

Thumbnail image for The Best Flooring Choices for Old-House Kitchens The hardest-working surface in the house deserves good cover.
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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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10 Haunted Historic Hotels

Thumbnail image for 10 Haunted Historic Hotels Catch a few winks with the spirit world by checking into one of these historic hotels where reports of paranormal activity abound.
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10 Things You’ll Learn on a House Tour

Thumbnail image for 10 Things You’ll Learn on a House Tour House tours offer more than just a peek behind the curtains of beautifully restored historic homes—they also can provide inspiration and guidance for your own restoration projects.
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10 Tips for Rewiring an Old House

Thumbnail image for 10 Tips for Rewiring an Old House What you need to know to get an old house rewired properly, with minimal damage to the building.
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100 Years of Lighting Designs

Thumbnail image for 100 Years of Lighting Designs A look at how lighting fixtures changed over the course of a century.
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11 Tips for Surviving a Restoration

Thumbnail image for 11 Tips for Surviving a Restoration A seasoned old-house restorer gives advice on how to survive a major home restoration.
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11 Victorian Railroad Resorts

Thumbnail image for 11 Victorian Railroad Resorts Step back in time with a stay at one of these grand Victorian-era resorts.
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12 Great Gifts for DIYers

Thumbnail image for 12 Great Gifts for DIYers Need the perfect gift for the old-house restorer on your list? We’ve got you covered, from the newest gadgets to the classic must-haves.
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