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
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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
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
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
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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
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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
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