"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
Apply basic carpentry techniques to primed boards and molding to add a formal, elegant touch to any room. We show you how.
An arch trimmed out in ornate Greek Revival casing invites the eye through a dining room and beyond.
The white portico in this home's entry echoes the arch of the new transom and pops against the gray siding.
The opening from this kitchen to the dining area is defined by a row of interior windows that forms a decorative, light-funneling transom.
Rough-hewn beams create a sense of privacy without entirely blocking off the adjacent room.
Here's a fresh take on sliding barn doors. Nice.
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.
Who doesn't love a Dutch door?
Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva shares his tips and techniques for installing decorative crown molding.
A refreshed 1940s house offers a glimpse of a leafy backyard framed through aluminum-clad black patio doors.
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
Beautiful sliding doors!
All we can say is "wow!' when it comes to this garage.
Unusual--and pretty--kitchen cabinet mullion patterns for glass-door uppers from Dura Supreme Products.
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.
Bold red paint and a novel baluster design turn a functional staircase into a work of art.
From a July 1981 article in House & Garden, a host of fun ways to dress up your porch with decorative trim.
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.
An angled door in this guest room leads to a studio under the eaves.
Copper gutters, stamped with a decorative star, enrich the street-facing facade of this home.
Install a corbel where your backsplash ends and wall begins for a polished look.
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
Vertical plank siding by James Hardie.