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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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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.”

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Window Sash Clinic

Antique windows are one of the enchanting architectural elements that set an older home apart. While I’m an equal opportunity lover of all old windows, my expertise comes from restoring my 1886 Victorian, which has double-hung sash operated on ropes and pulleys.

Common places where your house may be losing heat—such as the walls, roof, and attic floor—are good targets for insulation.

7 Insulation Tips to Save Money & Energy

These 7 tips will help you save energy—and ultimately money—when retrofitting your old house with insulation. Learn about the different types of insulation, insulation removal, installation techniques, eco-friendly options and more.

Products of the Week

OHJ Product of the Week - Allied Window, Inc. - Bowed - Custom Color (2)

Allied Window

Allied Window offers a beautiful, affordable and invisible solution for your bent glass and shaped windows.  Allied Window's specialty is creating insulating storm windows that disappear into your shaped openings - matching the shape exactly - from bent glass to odd shapes, sizes and thicknesses – disappearing into your window opening.

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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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Mark E Industries, Inc

GOOF PROOF SHOWER installations made easy. Mark E Industries manufactures products to simplify the art of shower and tile installations by focusing on some of the more difficult and time-consuming tasks.