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Period-appropriate finishing touches and style elements to add beauty and value to your home.
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They're weatherproof, easy to maintain, and harder than ever to distinguish from wood.

All About Fiberglass Entry Doors

"Openings with double pocket doors between rooms instead of open floor plans. Modern homes have no way to block off noise or the mess of the family room from formal areas." – Beth, from Facebook

9 Old-House Trends YOU Want to Bring Back

Apply basic carpentry techniques to primed boards and molding to add a formal, elegant touch to any room. We show you how.

Overview | How to Build a Coffered Ceiling

An arch trimmed out in ornate Greek Revival casing invites the eye through a dining room and beyond.

Detail Work for a Towered Italianate

The white portico in this home's entry echoes the arch of the new transom and pops against the gray siding.

A Private and Inviting Front Yard

The opening from this kitchen to the dining area is defined by a row of interior windows that forms a decorative, light-funneling transom.

Opening Up a Snug 1941 Cottage

Rough-hewn beams create a sense of privacy without entirely blocking off the adjacent room.

Bois : des idées rustiques pour une maison chaleureuse !

Here's a fresh take on sliding barn doors. Nice.

Bois : des idées rustiques pour une maison chaleureuse !

All lines, including paneling and exposed ceiling beams, point toward the outdoors in this neutral space. And the black-painted windows continue the unobstructed view.

9 Surprising Ways to Decorate With Black

Who doesn't love a Dutch door?

Content in a Cottage

Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva shares his tips and techniques for installing decorative crown molding.

How to Install Wood Crown Molding

A refreshed 1940s house offers a glimpse of a leafy backyard framed through aluminum-clad black patio doors.

9 Surprising Ways to Decorate With Black

Century Shake terra-cotta tiles by Ludowici look just like hand-split cedar shakes, but these interlocking clay roof tiles won't burn, fade, discolor, or rot. Ever. So durable that they come with a remarkable 75-year warranty; yet compared with wood, they're a bargain, assuming your rafters can carry the extra weight. Available in five realistic colors. About $3 per square foot; Ludowici

TOH Editors' Picks: Special Gear for Tough Tasks

Beautiful sliding doors!

Belgian Pearls: Sliding doors

All we can say is "wow!' when it comes to this garage.

horse farm/hobby ideas

Unusual--and pretty--kitchen cabinet mullion patterns for glass-door uppers from Dura Supreme Products.

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Wood porch ceilings were characteristic of the Victorian era. While often painted, the ceilings were sometimes left natural, like these tongue-and-groove fir beadboards.

The Belmont Victorian House: Period Porch Overhaul

Bold red paint and a novel baluster design turn a functional staircase into a work of art.

The Pursuit of Style

From a July 1981 article in House & Garden, a host of fun ways to dress up your porch with decorative trim.

27 wood trim ideas for the front porch (1981) - Click Americana

Setting this porch on a foundation of brick piers rather than hiding concrete ones behind the lattice reinforces the feeling that the porch has always been there. The brick matches the house's chimney.

The Belmont Victorian House: Period Porch Overhaul

An angled door in this guest room leads to a studio under the eaves.

From Fixer-Upper to Refined Farmhouse

Copper gutters, stamped with a decorative star, enrich the street-facing facade of this home.

10 Ways To Add Cottage Charm

Install a corbel where your backsplash ends and wall begins for a polished look.

20 Best DIY Kitchen Upgrades

Polyurethane trim is the perfect surrogate for carved wood exterior door trim: It's more stable than wood and won't rot, warp, or crack, so paint holds up better. Shown: With basic tools and an afternoon's work, this four-piece kit caps an entryway with molding styles that date back to Roman times. $119; Focal Point

20 Easy Ways to Get Old-House Charm

Vertical plank siding by James Hardie.