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Architectural Details

Period-appropriate finishing touches and style elements to add beauty and value to your home.

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

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    Those are actually called a Tudor arch. Moorish arch is more horse shoe like.

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

Homes That Make Us Just So Barn Proud

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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

Homes That Make Us Just So Barn Proud

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An original support beam, tilted to give wagons turnaround space, is joined by a new steel beam and found art. | Photo: James Yochum

Homes That Make Us Just So Barn Proud

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Tongue-and-groove paneling dresses up a guest room and office area.

A 1900 House With a Comeback Story

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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 1900 House With a Comeback Story

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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.

A 1900 House With a Comeback Story

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Arched pergolas frame the carriage-style doors of this two-car garage by Three River Stone. Via Houzz.

Key Measurements for the Perfect Garage

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Who wouldn't be enchanted by this late-19th-century gem's gingerbread facade, four porches, six floor-to-ceiling windows, and mansard roof?

Readers' Picks: Your Favorite Featured Houses

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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

All About Fiberglass Entry Doors

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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

27 Creative Kitchen Upgrades

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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

The Hidden Beauty in a 1920s Mediterranean Revival

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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

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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

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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

The Hidden Beauty in a 1920s Mediterranean Revival

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We found this gallery of vent grills and registers on brookegiannetti.t... and had to share. | thisoldhouse.com

what we've learned: vent grilles/registers - Velvet & Linen

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Mix and match off-the-shelf trim to create stylish door casings. | Photo/Architects: Brian Vanden Brink | thisoldhouse.com

13 Easy Door Surround Profiles From Stock Molding

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Located in Eureka, CA, "The Pink Lady" is a classic Eastlake-style Queen Anne that was built in 1889 by William Carson as a wedding gift for his son. | thisoldhouse.com

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

9 Creative Low-Cost Upgrades From Our Favorite Bloggers

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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

Same Kitchen Space, More Storage

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Capped with a 1x board, the crown above this window serves as a handsome shelf for displaying baskets in a pantry. Similar to Shown: 4¼-inch-high KB350 in finger-jointed primed pine, about $2.25 per linear foot; Kuiken Brothers Company. | Photo: Helen Norman | thisoldhouse.com

All About Crown Molding

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Perfect for the budget-minded and less-than-skilled installer, polystyrene crown molding can be cut with scissors or a knife and goes up with construction adhesive. But close-up, it's got a take-out coffee cup texture and less-than-crisp edges. | Photo: Victor Schrager | thisoldhouse.com

Crown Molding Materials

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