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5 Heating Options for Old Houses

Thumbnail image for 5 Heating Options for Old Houses Tips to help make your vintage heating system more efficient.
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Historic Retreats: Audubon Cottages in New Orleans

Thumbnail image for Historic Retreats: Audubon Cottages in New Orleans A collection of charming cottages echoes the French Quarter’s blend of history and culture.
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Arts & Crafts Update for a Tudor Bungalow

Thumbnail image for Arts & Crafts Update for a Tudor Bungalow This deceptively simple 1937 house offered sturdy brick construction, heavy moldings, and romantic arches—even Batchelder tiles. But it needed TLC.
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Heating Solutions for a Colonial Revival Addition

Thumbnail image for Heating Solutions for a Colonial Revival Addition When adding on to their 1912 house, Don and Lana LeVine chose a mix of heating systems for ease and efficiency.
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Spacious Kitchen in a Converted Barn

Thumbnail image for Spacious Kitchen in a Converted Barn A project to transform a historical dairy barn into a home with a breathtaking country kitchen is well worth the effort for a couple in Weston, Massachusetts.
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6 Ways to Integrate Modern Lighting into Old Houses

Thumbnail image for 6 Ways to Integrate Modern Lighting into Old Houses High-tech lighting illuminates places that period lamps don’t reach.
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How To Install a New Faucet

Thumbnail image for How To Install a New Faucet Perk up your bathroom by swapping out your faucet for a retro-inspired one.
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History of the Desk

Thumbnail image for History of the Desk Desks of any sort were uncommon before public education created greater literacy at the start of the 19th century. Here's a look at common early desks.
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4 Ideas for Timeless Baths

Thumbnail image for 4 Ideas for Timeless Baths These spectacular bathroom designs offer utility along with beauty.
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Uncommon Carpets for Early Homes

Thumbnail image for Uncommon Carpets for Early Homes A review of the “unseen” floor coverings of early America challenges the myth that colonial homes were bare.
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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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12 Ideas for Bungalow Baths

Thumbnail image for 12 Ideas for Bungalow Baths Kick-start your bathroom restoration with these stylish, period-friendly takes on the bungalow bath.
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