Period-appropriate finishing touches and style elements to add beauty and value to your home.
A glass artisan in the neighborhood handcrafted a custom transom and matching sidelights for the remodeled entryway. | Art-Glass: www.giacomosstain... | Photo: John Gruen
A Private and Inviting Front Yard
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The architect was able to achieve a higher ceiling in this family room, without changing the exterior roofline, by lowering the floor. | Photo: Laura Moss
A Seaside Cottage Looks Small, Lives Large
A new family room blends in with the old spaces by incorporating their architectural features and finishes: Moorish-style arched openings, cove and tray ceilings, off-white plaster walls, and inlaid wood floors. | Photo: Lisa Romerein
The Art of the Seamless Addition
Former barn stalls now hold bedrooms and baths behind sliding doors. The low-care floor is blackened brick topped with polyurethane. To bring in more light, the owners added windows along the length of the raised roofline. | Photo: Mark Lohman
Steel tension rods and pipes reinforce the roof, and a steel beam helps hold up the master suite. Cable railing echoes the lines of the barn wood and metal alike. | Photo: James Yochum
The former living room fireplace wall is opened up with a wide passageway to the kitchen; rectangular columns help shore up an enclosed support beam. | Photo: Mark Lohman
A fireplace was moved to the outside wall during this renovation. The exposed brick is framed with molding in the manner of nearby homes of the same vintage.
Who wouldn't be enchanted by this late-19th-century gem's gingerbread facade, four porches, six floor-to-ceiling windows, and mansard roof?
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For a classic Mission-style look, consider the eight-panel radius-top Model A1308 prehung door, with Knotty Alder grain, from the Aurora Custom Fiberglass Collection, starting at $4,500; jeld-wen.com | thisoldhouse.com
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Evoke an old farmhouse hearth and add an architectural element by using curved brackets to support a 2x6 shelf above a stove that has a downdraft vent. Similar to shown: Ornamental Mouldings unfinished wood corbel, about $25; homedepot.com | Photo: Roger Davies
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Bands of trim, along with light-reflecting glass knobs and beveled mirror fronts, add charm to these cabinets. Photo: Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn | thisoldhouse.com
A Juliet balcony embellishes the exterior and allows for French doors off the new home office. Iron pulls and strap hinges finish the carriage-style garage door. | thisoldhouse.com
Pour On the Cottage Charm
Know the anatomy of crown molding so that you'll know what to ask for when you visit the lumber yard. | Photo: Don Penny/Time Inc. Digital Studio | thisoldhouse.com
All About Crown Molding
An unlivable wreck regains its sunny glory in the hands of zealous owners with a vision of its past. | Photo: Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn | thisoldhouse.com
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Popular in the 1920s, the French Revival style is know for its steeply-pitched hip roof (without front-facing gable), flared eaves, and an exterior in brick, stucco, or stone. | Photo: Colin McGuire | thisoldhouse.com
American House Styles
Mix and match off-the-shelf trim to create stylish door casings. | Photo/Architects: Brian Vanden Brink | thisoldhouse.com
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Ashli and Lee Malinek collaborate on projects like this built-from-scratch barn door for their manor-style house, in British Columbia, and post them on their blog maillardvillemano... | thisoldhouse.com
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Want to add a little more light to a room with few windows? Replace a center door panel with light-channeling reeded glass. Shown here: GlassArt Design | Photo: Chad Holder | thisoldhouse.com