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Acorn Manufacturing

Acorn is the finest and largest manufacturer and distributor of forged iron builders hardware in the United States. Specialties include bath, cabinet, shutter and door hardware; grilles & registers; clavos; strap hinges and barn door hardware.

Floor Outlet


The total solution for central cooling and heating in ANY home or small business; regardless of structure design, age, size or type of construction.

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House tours

A “tree house” in Cheshire parlance, the three-storey cabin extends living space into the woodland canopy.

Tree House Bungalow

In Black Mountain, North Carolina, craftsmanship holds sway, giving a new cabin all the warmth and integrity of an old house.

Muted tones dress a guest bedroom. Moldings are kept simple while a reading nook invites friends to cozy up on rainy days.

A Classical Lakeside Home

To mitigate the formality of a house on Lake Placid, G.P. Schafer Architect turns to classical design and vernacular forms for inspiration. The result is a comfortable, casual, and gracious house on the shore.

Repairs & How-to

Variable width wide-plank floors in this early dwelling were probably cleaned, when they were new, with a mixture of lye and water. They’ve been painted to help preserve their character.

Touching Up Old Floors

Floors may suffer indignities as they age, even as they develop patina. Refreshing a basically sound floor will keep it serviceable. Given care and respect, a wood, stone, tile, or resilient floor will last for many decades and beyond.