Siding, Shingles & Roofing

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A look at the different styles and materials for siding, shingles and roofing for old houses, including Clapboard, Dutch Lap, and novelty siding; wood, metal and tile roofing; roofing ornamentation, such as finials,  weathervanes and  chimney pots.

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History of Chimney Pots

For most folks, the business end of a chimney is the hearth that throws off the warmth and the mantelpiece that grabs center stage in the room. For architects and builders, however, almost as important is the chimney top.

Rows of different designs often exhibited different colors, like the square and round cuts here on the Hale House at the Heritage Square Museum in Los Angeles.

Shingle Patterns for Queen Anne Houses

One of the hallmarks of the Victorian era was a desire to be noticed. It's a theme that repeated itself on every aspect of home furnishings of the day. Furniture was dripping in ornament, hardware was intricately incised, and buildings were adorned with every manner of attention-grabbing detail—from gingerbread trim to stained glass windows to seductively turned porch rails. Even exterior walls vied for attention through rows of patterned shingles, a technique with the funny- and formal-sounding name imbrication.

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Guide to Vintage Lightning Rods

Much has changed since the early days of lightning protection, when it was widely believed that the glass balls adorning lightning rods were an indicator of whether the rods were functioning properly. We now know that the glass balls were purely decorative—in fact, the balls' different patterns and colors were how installers advertised their businesses.

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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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ProWoodMarket®

Wood Brackets are an excellent addition to both the inside and outside of the home. ProWoodMarket® Brackets are also used in large commercial projects to add architectural interest and detail. These handcrafted pieces also look great in free-standing structures such as gazebos and pergolas and are a perfect way to dress up porches and entrances.