Editors' Picks: Exterior Tune-Ups for Old Houses

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Our editors highlight new and classic articles, along with favorite products and current bookstore sales. This week, give your old house some exterior tune-ups.
Now that spring has officially sprung, you no longer have any excuses for putting off the myriad outdoor projects crowding your to-do list. Before you pick up your tool belt and head outside, though, read up on some tips, tricks, and design guidelines for three exterior elements most likely in need of a little TLC (or a complete makeover) this season.

Victorian porch

Porch Details for Every Era: Old catalogs yield clues to appropriate styles for columns and other millwork.

Garage Door Design Guide: From the opening of the auto age, garage doors scored serious style points. Today, manufacturers offer a variety of period-perfect portals that evoke those eye-catching early designs.

Gutter Talk: The different kinds of gutters on old houses present some confusing maintenance questions, but the answers are common-sense and simple to perform.

New This Week

Stylish Sheds: When choosing outbuildings for your garden, consider the design, adaptability, and placement.

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Historic Coastal Village: Things to do and see in Mystic, Connecticut.

Plymouth Federal: Historic Hedge House has been restored with eye-popping wallpapers and carpets true to its 1809 heritage.

Products & Services Directory

K-Style Gutters, by The Copper Gutter Shop


Gutters protect a home from rain that can cause mildew, rot and leaky basements. If it's too late for routine maintenance, consider looking for period-appropriate replacements. These copper gutters are available in several sizes and styles from The Copper Gutter Shop.

Bookstore Sales

On sale until May 31!
Check out these sales and other great deals in our Old-House Bookstore!

Everything you need to know about adding the right finishing touches to your home-improvement or new construction project can be found in this book.


This book is full of more than 400 top notch ideas for a range of styles and sizes of kitchens. Learn how to make smart choices about what you really want in your kitchen.


This book serves as a useful introduction to kitchen design, and an inspirational visual reference for homeowners considering their own custom projects.

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A pendant light over the door adds a stately touch to the ubiquitous Victorian porch; Brass Light Gallery’s London Lantern mimics the design of 19th-century streetlights.

Brass Light Gallery

Interior and exterior architectural lighting for your home and garden, in styles from Victorian to '30s Modern. Select from 15 finish options. Made in USA since 1974. They also have a vintage/antique lighting department, and offer expert restoration services.


Unico System

A central heating and cooling system using "aspiration" technology to warm and cool homes evenly and quietly with flexible small ducts that weave through ceilings, walls, and even floors.