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Editors’ Picks: Wood Floors 101

Hardwood floors are one of the character-defining features of old houses, but over the years, they can start to show signs of wear and tear—and not in a good way. Fortunately, most wood-floor issues are easily fixable, whether through a simple patch or a new finish coat.



Finding Home

Buying, renovating, downsizing — or looking for your forever home? Our 2021 special edition, Finding Home, will help get you started.


Focus on Fireplaces

Fireplaces are an ideal way to keep warm in the winter, but did you know that early fireplaces often held several fires, or that you should check your chimney annually to make sure it’s not a fire hazard?


Free Resources and Events

Whether you’re seeking more information about the process of building your dream home or looking for DIY tips and tricks, this collection of webinars and articles is a great place to start.

Guide to Vintage Lightning Rods

Much has changed since the early days of lightning protection, when it was widely believed that the glass balls adorning lightning rods were an indicator of whether the rods were functioning properly. We now know that the glass balls were purely decorative—in fact, the balls’ different patterns and colors were how installers advertised their businesses.

HARDWARE Basics for Owners of Old Houses

Here’s our curated selection of information about traditional hardware—everything from early American rat-tail hinges to hammered copper bail pulls and mid-century chrome. Find information on salvage and repair, too!



How Stickley Builds Mission Furniture for a Lifetime

In 1900, at an exposition in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Gustav Stickley unveiled his first catalog of “New Furniture”—later popularly known as Mission furniture—sparking the American Arts and Crafts movement and launching the brand that his brothers Leopold and John George would later shepherd as part of L. & J. G. Stickley, Inc.


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