Welcome to homes from Cape Cod to North Carolina in this wide-ranging issue of Early Homes—our biannual special edition from the publishers of Old House Journal. A theme emerged: revival interpretations of American tradition. First up is a 1949 garrison Colonial by the architect Royal Barry Wills. The Connecticut garden began with a formal period layout. Our visit to a historic house museum delivers an interesting twist: the Massachusetts house is quite old, built in 1780, but it was moved and Colonial Revival-ized by an antiques collector in 1936, giving us an example of Old Colonies Style with upgraded finishes, fireplaces, and hooked rugs. I learned about a new vernacular form: the Pennsylvania stove-room house, a variation of the German Continental Plan. “Stove room house” is the description used by Steve Friesen in his book A Modest Mennonite Home, and also by Philip E. Pendleton in his book Oley Valley Heritage. Even in new construction, traditional work is ongoing. Whether you’re in the midst of a major restoration, or building an addition or a reproduction house, take note of the updated Design Center listings covering roofing and siding, windows and doors, millwork and more.
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.