The Original Restoration Magazine for people who are passionate about old houses to repair, rehabilitate, update, and decorate their homes; covering all classic American architectural styles,—from the earliest Colonial-era buildings to grand Victorians of every variety to Arts & Crafts bungalows and mid-century ranches.
The terror of house-buying
Old House Journal • VOLUME XLVII, ISSUE 5
Porch, Lawn and Garden • Furnishings fit for an old-fashioned summer outside.
For Your Bungalow • New Arts & Crafts treasures to love.
Roofs of Slate & Clay • Prized for their character and longevity, clay tiles and slate shingles appear on a wide range of historic house styles.
A STURDY HOUSE WITHOUT PRETENSE • Many people would have passed right by this modest house, but one man saw history worth saving.
A SURVIVING GARDEN OF THE GOLDEN AGE • TAKE INSPIRATION FROM THE FORMAL LAYOUT, stalwart perennials and annuals, house and garden views, integration of stone walls, and more. page 26
TAKE-AWAYS FROM A Colonial Revival Garden
What is a Colonial Revival Garden?
hallmarks of the garden • Often there’s strong allusion to Colonial-era practice—but improved!
NOT FORGOTTEN • A LIST of reliable, early-20th-century plants
Relaxed Colonial Revival • From the Book of Home Building and Decoration by Henry Collins Brown, 1912
Early 20th-Century Room • This kitchen in Douglas fir and tile is a beautiful yet still practical throwback.
NEWS IN ROOFING • MATERIALS, COSTS, SOLAR: INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGIES FOR WOOD, SLATE, TILE, CONCRETE, AND METAL ROOFS, PLUS A MILLWORKS SHOP TOUR. page 42
Concrete, a Better Lookalike
Levels, Weights & Measures • These renovation essentials yield such satisfying accuracy.
Buy the Right Shutters • A primer on real, oldfashioned, appropriate exterior shutters, suitable for old houses, includes weather-resistant options.
To Match Old Shutters
STUFF A NEW PLUMBER SCREWED UP
Clock-Face Table • Repurposing a vintage clock face preserves it in a way that’s, well, timeless.
A Garden Shed from a Pre-cut Kit • Want to add storage to your yard? A wooden shed kit simplifies the process of putting one together.
ORGANIZING shed storage
Selected Resources • The following companies sell period-appropriate sheds, and most sell such outbuildings as playhouses, workshops, saunas, and gazebos as well.
ASK OLD HOUSE JOURNAL
Temporary Flashing Repairs
ECCENTRIC COUNTRY • Local finds, antiques, and heirlooms mix in a color-rich interior where history is palpable. page 66
schoolfield AN ECCENTRIC COUNTRY HOUSE • THE CURRENT OWNERS ARE WELL AWARE OF THE HISTORY OF THIS CIRCA 1850 HOUSE, WHERE THEIR OWN HEIRLOOMS AND COLLECTIONS HAVE COME GENTLY TO REST.
BEAUTIFUL COLUMBIA COUNTY • THIS AREA REDOLENT OF HISTORY IS TWO HOURS NORTH OF NEWYORK CITY.
Castle Camp IN THE WOODS • More than a century ago, a prosperous rusticator named his Catskills retreat Casa Mañana, or house of tomorrow—and so it became.
THE PATINA OF AGE • TIPS ON MAINT AINING A RUSTIC WOOD INTERIOR.
THE INSPIRING GARDENS OF Blithewold • An eclectic informality is more Arts & Crafts than Gilded Age in this garden developed between 1893 and 1913.
WHAT’S A MOON GATE? • A CIRCULAR PASSAGEWAY IN GARDEN WALLS, AND ITS VARIANTS.
EXTERIOR BUILDING PRODUCTS