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Old House Journal's best advice on fixing, building, designing or restoring an old house, including restoring doors & windows, architectural salvage projects, flooring repair/restoration, plumbing, roofing, painting, wallpapering and more. 

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Graceful Stoops & Entry Steps

Stoops and entry steps are ignored until they fall into disrepair. That’s when it becomes clear just how essential they are to appearance and safety. A stoop with missing or broken steps is not only a hazard, but also affects curb appeal.

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The Hardware Search

Replacing missing hardware, especially for windows and doors, requires perseverance and an eye for detail. Options extend to vintage and reproduction.

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Repairs to Stairs

Tread and riser, baluster and handrail: a staircase can be merely utilitarian or a stunning work of art. There are many ways to build a staircase—box or spiral, dogleg or winding—and infinitely more ways for these complex structures to develop creaks, sags, or leans.

Products of the Week

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Indow Window Inserts

Enjoy modern comfort while preserving the charm of your original windows. Indow window inserts press inside your window frames without a mounting bracket to give you all the comfort and efficiency of high-end replacement windows.

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Bendheim Cabinet Glass

Bendheim’s Cabinet Glass website brings homeowners more than 100 specialty glass varieties for doors, windows and cabinet inserts, including mouth-blown glass, chicken wire glass, patterned glass, etched glass, colored glass, fluted glass, decorative laminated glass, and more.