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 tap runneth over
Lighting 1910 to 1930 • Endlessly inventive, Teens and Twenties lighting fixtures still appeal today.
Butler’s Pantry • Equip the kitchen’s prep area with classics past and present.
Gambrel-roof Houses • Often associated with Dutch Colonials, also found in English and Shingle styles, the double-slope gambrel roof is a picturesque favorite.
OUR OLD HOUSE RESCUE • A collection of architectural salvage played a role in the restoration of this handsome Shingle Style house.
Colorful BATHS 20s • 30s • 40s • Bungalow-era baths were of the “sanitary white” persuasion. Not so the bathrooms built after the mid-1920s! Bright color and Jazz A ge glamour continued through the 1930s. By the mid-40s, white tile was back.
The Real Deal: 1940
A Tudor-arch Theme, ca. 1915 • “Dining Room in Quartered Oak with paneled Wainscot and built-in Sideboard,” Design Book No. 15, Segelke & Kohlhaus Mfg. Co., La Crosse, Wisconsin
Juicy with Imagination • Mediterranean color meets Craftsman design in a joyfully restored house in Portland, Oregon.
FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT PLANTERS
MAKING SENSE OF COUNTERTOPS
Odd Job Season • Use these helpers around the house, then get it ready for warmer weather.
Installing a Two Piece Pedestal Sink • Check position of water lines and drainpipe before you start. You’ll need an assistant.
Tile Art and Everyday Tile • How to combine art tile with production tile to create a unique installation.
the Historic Tile Panel
STUFF THE PREVIOUS OWNER SCREWED UP • When we refinished the floors in our 1870s row house, we found holes that indicate steam radiators once stood in the entry hall and in a bay in the dining room. Since both of those areas tend to be cold in the winter, we asked the previous owner what happened. He said he took the rads out… because he thought they were ugly!
Tabletop Patina • Tables with metal tops rich in color and texture create effects from quilted copper to leathery.
Right Blade for the Cut • Most old-house owners eventually tackle DIY projects. One very basic operation, cutting wood, requires the use of saw blades, which have been under refinement since the Bronze Age. Whether for hand saw or power saw, there are three types of saw blades. The “rip” blade has large teeth, usually separated by generous gaps. It is used to cut wood along or with the grain. Conversely, a “cross-cut” blade—with many small teeth—is designed to produce a clean and efficient cut across the grain without tearing the wood. Finally, the “combination” blade is a compromise between the first two (in number of teeth, their size and spacing.) It is designed to cut reasonably well along or across the grain, so you can avoid switching blades during a typical project.
SHOW HOUSE then & now • In Portland, Oregon, a builder’s model spec house alluded to Prairie School design on the outside, but featured an ornate English interior. It’s been restored by a couple who added flourishes of their own.
PRAIRIE SCHOOL HOUSES • A PHENOMENON 1901–1919 CHANGED DOMES TIC ARCHITECTURE FOREVER.
PRAIRIE sub-types • The widely published designs of Prairie School architects affected residential design and more typical houses around the country.
A Prairie Foursquare IN MEMPHIS • THE 1903 HOUSE IN MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE, IS A BOLDLY DETAILED EXAMPLE OF THE MIDWEST...