Editors' Picks: Adding on to Old Houses

Our editors highlight new and classic articles; this week, learn how to engineer a period-perfect addition.
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Blending new and old is always a daunting proposition—and the challenge looms especially large when you're talking about putting a new addition on a historic house. Annexing additional living space is a time-honored building tradition; the trick to doing it well lies in studying and matching original details as closely as possible.

These two home tours feature seamlessly blended additions that address a variety of needs, from adding wheelchair accessibility to accommodating a growing family.

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In the kitchen, the tin ceiling is painted a vibrant hue, which complements the tile backsplash.

Updating for Accessibility: An Italianate gets a sympathetic addition, and some thoughtful improvements, to make it more wheelchair-friendly.

Happy Marriage: Gregory and Carolynn Schipa join an 1810 Greek Revival and a 1790 Cape-style cottage harmoniously on the island of Nantucket.

New This Week

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An Aesthetic chair with carved sunflowers and oriental fretwork wears embroidered paisley and blue velvet.

A Ravishing Victorian Home: Never has the interior of this Queen Anne looked so good, from its wallpapers to textiles.

How to Decorate with Vintage Textiles: Become a fan of Old-House Online on Facebook to view homeowner Audry Bond's tips on using vintage textiles in your home!

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