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 Wide World of Preservation
Old House Journal
For Porch & Garden • Class and comfort in outdoor furniture and accessories.
Light: Spot On • Unique outdoor fixtures.
It’s About the Porch • In the late 1800s, houses with capacious porches show up everywhere—especially in the South.
A HOME FR OM MEMORY • When we got the chance to re-create a childhood gathering place, we built a house that’s both fitting and effcient.
the Jazz Age & beyond • FREEWHEELING INTERIORS 1917–1944
THEY STILL MAKE…
On the Furnished Porch, 1921 • From Home Tile Designs, the Associated Tile Manufacturers.
New Kitchen in a Sears House • An architect’s update of a simple classic shows exemplary modesty.
RESTORING PORCHES DECK & RAIL • The most common porch fails happen with the flooring and the balustrades or rails. Keep them in good trim!
Porch Projects • What you need to keep porch or deck in repair.
Stone in the Landscape • Stonescape your property—or even re-engineer it—with natural stone that’s local, or from as far away as China.
STONES FOR Landscaping • Depending on where you live, some types of stone may be more common than others. For the most natural appearance, choose stone native to your region.
Scrap Metal to Planters • Vibrant bromeliads and lacy ferns, prickly-edged agave and spiky cacti—all growing in scrap metal!
Basics of Stucco Repair • If only a portion of the exterior stucco is damaged, fixing it may be an easy task.
WHAT CAUSES Damage
Constructing Porch Column Plinths
STUFF AN AMATEUR ROOFER SCREWED UP
HONORING Integrity IN A FIRST-PERIOD HOUSE • On Boston’s North Shore, an interior designer adds another layer to this legacy house with a strong personality.
A MAZE FOR A FIRST-PERIOD HOUSE • MODELING A NEW ENGLAND GARDEN ON A 17TH-CENTURY FRENCH MAZE.
NINETEENTH CENTURY PRESERVATION • BENIGN STEWARDSHIP: This 1890 brownstone has had just two owners.
WHAT’S BEHIND THOSE BROWN FAÇADES • NEVER BEEN INSIDE? MANY INTERIORS ARE A VICTORIAN WONDERLAND.
COBBLESTONE COTTAGE • Restoration of a surviving vernacular house has taken 50 years to complete.
ON COBBLESTONE MASONRY • A FOLK-BUILDING LEGACY PECULIAR TO LIMITED REGIONS