Old House Journal December 2013
Our redesign has been a hot topic of conversation. Many of you wrote to ask where Remuddling went (it’s still here, just no longer at the end of the magazine), and also to tell us how excited you were about our new Field Tested pages (our latest review is on power screwdrivers). A few folks also said they thought OHJ’s new logo appeared computer-generated. That couldn’t be further from the truth! The logo was hand-drawn, and went through at least four iterations as we tried to get the feel exactly right. To us, it invokes both the “journal” in our name and OHJ’s long history of reader-contributed DIY stories. We appreciate all of your feedback—keep those letters coming. It’s always good to hear from readers!
December is a time when we hunker down in our houses, aiming to keep our toes warm and the projects at bay—nobody wants to realize, via a flood after the first snowfall, that they didn’t clean the gutters well enough in the fall. For me, there’s nothing better this time of year than hanging out by the fire with a cup of hot tea in hand, listening to logs crackle. Do you perform a regular check on your fireplace before lighting it up for the first time? You should. Find maintenance tips and more in this issue.
The two homes we feature in this issue couldn’t be more different. One has changed little over several decades, while the other got a top-to-bottom overhaul—including faux-grained woodwork and plenty of Victorian wallpaper. Both offer up loads of inspiration, insights, and ideas into farmhouse and Gothic Victorian style.
In other news, our new interactive website, Concept Additions, has gone live! You can explore, in 3-D, period approaches to additions—complete with ideas on appropriate products—for six different house styles, from a Greek Revival farmhouse to a Second Empire cottage. It’s a unique approach to home expansion, one you won’t find anywhere else—check it out here.
Demetra Aposporos, Editor-in-Chief of Old House Journal