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Arts & Crafts Craftsman Makeover

With generous living space yet a focus on the outdoors, an undistinguished cottage is rebuilt in the Craftsman tradition.

Traditional Norwegian beds

A Norwegian House in Maine

This Norwegian house has a history as storybook as its vernacular architecture.

Motawi Tileworks fireplace

Everything TILE!

Here’s our curated selection of articles about tile—everything from historic English Victorian tile to handmade arts & crafts tile, to Jazz Age and mid-century types … tile for kitchen & bath, fireplace or mural, even outdoor fountains … from design guidance to how-to and repair … from artisan profiles to comprehensive supplier lists.

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New Old House, Winter 2021

New Old House, a special publication from the editors of Old House Journal,  is for homeowners and designers who are planning to build a house that embodies quality and tradition now and for the future.

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DIY Salvaged Hardware

Salvaged icebox hardware make new cabinets look like vintage equipment.

Products of the Week

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Crown Point Cabinetry

Crown Point Cabinetry offers custom cabinets for period style kitchens, baths, offices, laundry rooms, home bars and more. Styles include Shaker, Arts & Crafts, Early American, Victorian and Transitional.

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CUSTOM CABINETRY

The finest quality in Shaker, Arts & Crafts, Early American, Victorian and Transitional styles.

The Latest

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Overwhelmed by House Renovation? Consider Simpler Old-house Fixes.

It’s easy to create a list of repairs you dream about tackling—but are they all worth the time, energy, and money? Seemingly complex problems may be handled with simpler (less expensive) solutions! No need to feel overwhelmed by house renovation projects.

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Postwar Home Challenges

Houses of the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s are now old enough to suffer from the indignities of age as well as constant assaults made to “update” them. Applied thoughtfully, modern materials and methods will make them better than new.

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Preservation at Home

Gentle guidelines for private owners on preserving their old home.

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Cleaning Marble or Limestone

There's a right way and a wrong way to clean marble or limestone.

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Conversation Pieces from Elmira Stove Works

Elmira Stove Works started with wood-burning stoves and now customizes unique appliances in two very different lines.

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Refinishing Cabinets

You may not have to replace kitchen cabinets, or even reface them. Refinishing may be enough.

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DIY Potting Shed

A rustic potting shed is made of weathered boards from a cedar fence, along with salvaged windows.

Craftsman renovation

Craftsman Bungalow Renovation

In 2015, we began a meticulous renovation of our 1917 Craftsman Bungalow home with a view of completing it for its 100th birthday.

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Craftsman renovation

Craftsman Bungalow Renovation

In 2015, we began a meticulous renovation of our 1917 Craftsman Bungalow home with a view of completing it for its 100th birthday.

Traditional Norwegian wood carving

A Norwegian House in Maine

This Norwegian house has a history as storybook as its vernacular architecture.

Italianate entrance

A Restored Italian Villa

A serial restorer turned preservation consultant spent 20 years bringing back the 1861 Governor Curry Mansion—a tall order, as the Italian Villa in Portland, Oregon, had been added to, moved, and abused.

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Kit Houses from Sears, Roebuck

A bungalow built from a pre-cut kit sold through a catalog.

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Restoration of Sears Kit Bungalow

A couple embarks on the restoration of a Sears kit bungalow, aiming to reverse a mid-century Colonial-style remodeling. Replacing one wall with a period colonnade lets light flow front to back.

circular library, Spanish Colonial

A Spanish Colonial Rescue

The makeover of an abandoned 1940 Spanish Colonial in Tucson involved saving original elements, removing a poor 1980s addition—and then adding three towering round rooms!

Arts & Crafts exterior

Arts & Crafts Revival Home

A new Arts & Crafts-style house made by craftspeople satisfies the desire for detail.

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Arts & Crafts Craftsman Makeover

With generous living space yet a focus on the outdoors, an undistinguished cottage is rebuilt in the Craftsman tradition.

Repairs & How-to

Indow inserts, historic windows

Overwhelmed by House Renovation? Consider Simpler Old-house Fixes.

It’s easy to create a list of repairs you dream about tackling—but are they all worth the time, energy, and money? Seemingly complex problems may be handled with simpler (less expensive) solutions! No need to feel overwhelmed by house renovation projects.

suburban ranch, shallow hipped roof

Postwar Home Challenges

Houses of the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s are now old enough to suffer from the indignities of age as well as constant assaults made to “update” them. Applied thoughtfully, modern materials and methods will make them better than new.

preserved old house

Preservation at Home

Gentle guidelines for private owners on preserving their old home.

gray Carrara marble, Philip Trammell Shutze House

Cleaning Marble or Limestone

There's a right way and a wrong way to clean marble or limestone.

rehang cabinet doors

Refinishing Cabinets

You may not have to replace kitchen cabinets, or even reface them. Refinishing may be enough.

black pine, Pinus thunbergii

DIY Potting Shed

A rustic potting shed is made of weathered boards from a cedar fence, along with salvaged windows.

digital moisture map

Toolbox for Non-Destructive Testing

Innovations in non-destructive testing can put a toolbox of prying eyes to work identifying the elusive conditions of old houses.

concealed mini split duct

Mini-Split Technology

Mini-split technology is changing the way we heat and cool our homes.