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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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The Ashokan Center

Thumbnail image for The Ashokan Center New York State's Ashokan Center keeps the music alive.
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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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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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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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Leveling a Bathtub

Thumbnail image for Leveling a Bathtub "After living in my 1925 Colonial Revival for a few months, I noticed that water tends to pond on the rim of the bathtub underneath the faucet. Black mold keeps popping up along that side, especially in the corner. We have to hit it with bleach almost daily! Finally I got out a level, and found the tub is higher at the other end. Otherwise it functions well. Seems like a big project…" —Anna Taylor
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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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Revised Tradition

Thumbnail image for Revised Tradition Cohen & Hacker Architects designs a new house on Chicago’s North Shore.
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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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One Home, Many Centuries

Thumbnail image for One Home, Many Centuries In Vermont, Connor Homes envisions a new addition to an existing farmhouse.
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An Artistic Home

Thumbnail image for An Artistic Home A generic ranch of 1949 becomes a personal retreat that can also hold a crowd.
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Warm Welcome

Thumbnail image for Warm Welcome Treat guests to a traditionally styled entry.
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Forged Iron

Thumbnail image for Forged Iron “Long before the factory system, long before mass production, there was the blacksmith,” Ted Ferringer reminds us.
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Vintage Hardware to Match the Door

Thumbnail image for Vintage Hardware to Match the Door Victorian charm was revived on this cottage that had once worn white aluminum siding.
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Lightning Rod Basics

Thumbnail image for Lightning Rod Basics If yours is the tallest house around, if it’s surrounded by open land, if it’s been hit before: invest in lightning protection.
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Forties Fun!

Thumbnail image for Forties Fun! Although modest, this 1941 house offered all sorts of cues, from English storybook elements outside to curved walls and glass block within.
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Going Home

Thumbnail image for Going Home Reimagining a client’s boyhood home, Austin Patterson Disston Architects and landscape architect Diane Devore create a self-sustaining compound meant for multiple generations.
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Keeping Kitchen

Thumbnail image for Keeping Kitchen A light dusting won't cut it in this most hardworking of rooms.
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Under the Hood of a 1900 Farmhouse

Thumbnail image for Under the Hood of a 1900 Farmhouse A serial restorer and collector of vintage cars takes a “restomod” approach when adding a vintage-look kitchen.
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Living in a Bungalow

Thumbnail image for Living in a Bungalow Chronicling the restoration of an Arts & Crafts-era house in Spokane, Washington.
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