Old House Gardens & Exteriors

Old House Gardens & Exteriors

Styles, projects, and ideas for old house gardens and exteriors, including planting tips, painting, siding, roofing, shutters, and windows.

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How To Repair Deteriorated Shutters

Architecture is all about the details—Modernist architect Mies van der Rohe expressed this best with his famous statement that “God is in the details.” Shutters are inarguably one of a house’s most significant details; historically, they shielded delicate fabrics from the sun, protected fragile glass from inclement weather, and also offered security, privacy, and ventilation. Now merely window dressing, shutters are frequently misunderstood and installed as an afterthought.









Living on the Porch

Outfit your front porch or screened porch as it was meant to be—an outdoor room with personality, comfort, color, and texture. Furnish it for conversation and for naps. Include a sturdy rug, side tables, pillows, and lots of plants.



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