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.
A Thing for Shingles
Old House Journal
The Blues • Favorites, from pale azure to deep cobalt.
At the Windows • Shutters & screens: timeless essentials.
Near the Water • Life’s a vacation if your delightful old house is on or near an ocean, lake, or stream.
RESTORING REST HARROW IN ARDEN • Refurbishing an Arts & Crafts cottage designed by William Lightfoot Price, noted architect and founder of utopian communities.
What’s on the floor? • BEYOND HARDWOOD & BROADLOOM
Decorative painting • may add vibrant color, or approximate the look of multiple wood species. It can follow historical precedent or be modern; it might be a border or an all-over design.
The Appeal of Awnings • Striped awnings brighten a pattern-book house, published ca. 1930.
Masterful Bath in an Addition • Comfort and authenticity co-exist in a new bathroom.
REPLACEMENT IN KIND • Is your original front door long gone? Is the entry so altered it’s impossible to tell what used to be there? It happens a lot. The wrong front door muddles the style of the house and hurts curb appeal. Take heart: you can restore what’s gone using salvage, custom replication, or an astute purchase.
HANGING a salvaged door • We’re old hands at hanging the doors we salvage. Years ago, we bought six interior doors that matched originals elsewhere in our 1885 row house. We just installed the last of them for a bathroom closet. Here’s what we’ve learned.
SHOPTOUR: VINTAGE DOORS • For more than 30 years, this company in Hammond, New York, way up on the St. Lawrence River, has been a national source of handcrafted, solid-wood screen, entry, and interior doors. Vintage Doors uses furniture-quality wood, from knotty pine to quarter-sawn oak, Douglas fir to African mahogany.
Improved Access • Handy items help in repairing and retrofitting old doors.
Lacing in New Boards • Plank and strip flooring with isolated areas of damage can be saved with careful patching.
weaving in a staggered patch
Glass Room Screens • Old factory windows are repurposed as room dividers, adding dimension while letting light shine through.
CUTTING OLD GLASS
Repairing Old Wood Shutters • To save the shutters, tackle loose louvers, detached stiles and failing joints, and rot damage.
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Quintessentially MAINE • A late Shingle Style house designed by John Calvin Stevens is sensitively brought back by owners who use patterns by William Morris in its casual, summer-house rooms.
THE SHINGLE STYLE, 1874–1914 • THE HOUSES ARE A BRIDGE FR OM VICTORIAN TO EARLY MODERN DESIGN.
A BUNGALOW of seven gables • A 1915 Arts & Crafts house on Bainbridge Island, never substantially altered since it was built, is restored with regard for its history, architectural scale, and original style.
NEAR SEATTLE, AN ISLAND GARDEN • AN ID YLLIC LANDSCAPE SURR OUNDS THE BAINBRIDGE BUNG ALOW.
a place for PROMISES
LANDSCAPES ON WOOD • PROPER CLEANING AND CONSERVATION ARE A FUTURE PROJECT REQUIRING EXPERTISE.