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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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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.

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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.”

Products of the Week

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Woodcraft

Give a rustic look to your closet, bathroom door, kitchen cabinets, islands, bathroom vanity or entertainment center by adding a sliding door and attaching it with a HIGHPOINT® Barn Door Hardware Kit. Find tools, supplies and DIY advice at Woodcraft to complete your home improvement projects with style.

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Architectural Accents

Architectural Accents provides architectural antiques and reproductions in a variety of period styles. Specialties include antique fireplaces, mantelpieces, chimneypieces, columns, corbels, doors, entryways, chandeliers, sconces, wallbrackets, bathtubs, washbasins, antique tile, mirrors, trumeaux, pediments, overdoors, garden statuary, fountains, planters, and more.