Old House Journal Magazine
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Old-House Restoration Learning Curve

It’s one thing to love an old house, another to take one on. Restoration can be intimidating; still, the rare sort of homeowner thrives on the work, typically describing their characterful money pit as “a fun project.”

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When Hardware Is Shared

Who knew we shared fasteners through a party wall?

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A 1910-1930 Kitchen

When you buy an old house, you will have to remodel the kitchen. Old houses never have enough storage space. Bachelors don’t cook. Wrong, wrong, and wrong—at least at Sconehenge, David Berman’s 1910 Shingle Style house in Plymouth, Mass.

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Ageless Appeal

The work of artisans.

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A Victorian Enhanced

When Gerry and Shirley Fisher moved to St. Louis in 1991, they had already restored two early-20th-century homes in Oklahoma City, and they were game to take on another project.

Products of the Week

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Energy-Saving Window Inserts

Indow's window inserts help save energy and cut back on drafts and UV light.

The Latest

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A Feather Vase

This odd, abused feather vase had sat for years in the seller’s garage.

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How to Diagnose (and Fix) a Door

It’s a rare door in an old house that swings effortlessly and closes shut crisply.

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A Transcendent Bathroom in Ojai

A seamless addition allowed for this master bath, imagined as a ca. 1930 upgrade.

Sears bungalow, Arts & Crafts house

For First-time Home Buyers

What do you need to know if you're a first-time home buyer?

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Cottage Style for a Kitchen

Nostalgic details belie the room’s efficiency and storage capacity.

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Unmuddling a 1790 Farmhouse

A designer describes the process of rescuing a jumbled farmhouse.

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Celebrating the Holidays with Antique Ornaments

An ardent collector uses antique ornaments to celebrate the past.

Queen Anne watercolor

Queen Anne, 1874–1910

Queen Anne houses are symmetrical, medieval, and delightfully ornamental.

House tours

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Unmuddling a 1790 Farmhouse

A designer describes the process of rescuing a jumbled farmhouse.

Queen Anne watercolor

Queen Anne, 1874–1910

Queen Anne houses are symmetrical, medieval, and delightfully ornamental.

Queen Anne staircase

Unmuddling a Queen Anne

This hands-on couple have been reading OHJ since its newsletter days. Their forever project is an exemplary unmuddling that took them 22 years. Now the 1880s Queen Anne house is a showpiece in their New Jersey neighborhood.

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Restoration of a Beaux Arts Mansion

Built in 1896, the brick and terra-cotta Beaux Arts mansion needed new systems and repairs. Most remarkable is the addition of period murals and stenciling by the current owner, herself a fine artist and accomplished seamstress—who’s worked on the house since its centennial in 1996.

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Rescued Queen Anne

Neglected and then damaged by fire, a historic Queen Anne house is rescued by Indiana Landmarks.

Kynar-coated standing-seam roof

Vermont Farmhouse

Using a cache of salvaged finds, the homeowner, architect, and contractor together rescued a tumbledown farmhouse in Vermont.

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1820 Cottage in Provincetown, Massachusetts

Ultimate salvaging in Provincetown cottage.

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Historic Hotel Boulderado

Learn more about the historic Hotel Boulderado in one of Colorado's most beloved towns.

Repairs & How-to

antique feather vase

A Feather Vase

This odd, abused feather vase had sat for years in the seller’s garage.

old house white door

How to Diagnose (and Fix) a Door

It’s a rare door in an old house that swings effortlessly and closes shut crisply.

Sears bungalow, Arts & Crafts house

For First-time Home Buyers

What do you need to know if you're a first-time home buyer?

handmade lampshade

Sew Up a Fabric Lampshade

A fancy shade will dress up a thrift-store lamp.

Haiku UV-C ceiling fan

Smart Upgrades for Old Houses

New products for keeping the house cleaner and tighter.

period house woodwork

Life in a Victorian-era Brownstone

Lessons for living lightly in a historic Victorian-era brownstone restored.

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DIY Phone Niche

A phone niche is useful today for keys, tablet—or telephone.

‘Princess’ radiator from Castrads

Smart Houses With Throwback Intelligence

Some of the “smartest” features for managing heating, cooling, hot-water, and other household technologies make room for the best features of the past.