The Bungalow: America’s Home

Bungalow

Ever since it burst on the scene the bungalow has been an immensely popular style of architecture. You won’t find it listed in many books on architecture though because it is not a true architectural style like the Colonial Revival, Queen Anne Victorian, or its most closely related cousin the American Craftsman. The bungalow is a simple everyman’s house. Nothing too grand or big. No ornate gingerbread trim with extravagant 10-color paint schemes. Of all the historic home styles [...] Read on →

6 Awesome Historic Floor Tile Patterns

Tile is possibly the biggest design element of any bathroom. And if you are working on a vintage bath it’s important to use historic floor tile patterns that fit your home. If your bathroom was “remudeled” in the past it can be hard to find a floor tile that will fit your home’s age and style. Most of these floor tile patterns were popular from the early 1900s until WWII and will fit nicely with any old house [...] Read on →

My New eBook is Now Available!

Living in the Past Book

Today is a big day at The Craftsman Blog! For the past year and a half, I have been toiling to write my first full-length book about historic homes. Today that book goes from idea to reality! I’m doing a HUGE one week only sale for all my readers and their friends. If you have even a passing interest in saving thousands of dollars and learning all about your old house at the same time, you should definitely [...] Read on →

Transforming an Old Garage Into a Tiny House (Part 3)

cozy kitchenette

For the last couple weeks I have been sharing the nuts and bolts of how we turned a 1920s detached garage into a tiny house, a tiny guest house to be exact. Today, I want to share all the detail work we did to really make the house fit that vintage 1920s feel we were going for. After all, what’s the point of having a 1929 Bungalow if your tiny guest house looks like something off the shelf [...] Read on →

Transforming an Old Garage Into a Tiny House (Part 1)

Tiny House Garage

Tiny houses have recently become a huge grassroots movement focused on scaling back our cluttered lives and living more simply. Quality over quantity is the theme of the movement, and I’m a big proponent of that. Over the next few weeks I’m going to share an exciting project we’ve just finished here in Orlando. I’ll walk you through the whole process of turning an old garage into your very own tiny house. We’ll talk about the nuts and [...] Read on →

Why Does My Old House Have Two Front Doors?

Photo credit Scott Sidler

Lots of old homes have the mysterious second front door. Some were added in renovations over the years, but others are original. The explanations for these original double doors are all over the map. Many folks finally give up hope of finding an answer to this architectural mystery, but I have some ideas for you. If your old house has two front doors there are a number of reasons. Depending on your home’s style, age, location and size [...] Read on →

Free eBook: 20 Things You Need to Know About Your Old House

20 Things You Need To Know About Your Old House

Some of you may not know, but I have just recently released my first eBook. It’s been very exciting for me to put this together. I started with the goal of compiling the most important information that owners of old houses need to know. It’s my way of providing a reference guide for what’s important about your old house. But the best part of the book is…I’m giving it away for FREE! Get it Now! All of my newsletter subscribers [...] Read on →

Tips For Historic Home Owners {#13 Keep Period Details}

Historic Home Tips

When it comes to your old home’s exterior nothing is as important as the details. Fish-scale shingles, jigsaw cut balustrades, creative cornices. There are so many things that make your old house unique. And saving them or replicating the missing pieces distinguishes your historic home from its neighbors. If you own a crumbling Victorian or an aging Craftsman what better way to increase not only your own enjoyment of your home but also its value than the restore [...] Read on →

Reclaimed Wood Farm Table Project

Finished Reclaimed wood farm table

I’ve got a fun reclaimed wood project for you today that we recently made for a local winery. They wanted a rustic, natural wood feel for their tasting room that was soon to open near downtown Orlando. You can check out the winery at www.quantumleapwinery.com So, here’s what we did . . .

How To: Reglaze Your Old Windows {Video Tutorial}

Window Reglazing

Learning to reglaze your old windows is something that scares the pants off of many homeowners. But fear not! It does require practice and a bit of an artist’s touch to get it just right, but like anything, practice makes perfect. You can learn to reglaze your old windows yourself with just a little practice and some good training. However, describing how to reglaze your old windows in a blog post is a bit like trying to teach [...] Read on →

Tips for Historic Homeowners {#3 Keep Exterior Proportions Relative}

Historic Home Tips

Your historic home’s proportions were carefully thought out. They were planned by a designer or architect to work together and complement the overall style of the house. An out of scale addition like an oversized dormer or an undersized porch will only serve to confuse the look of your house. If you’re planning a renovation it’s important to keep things in proportion with the homes existing design. Have new windows not only match the style of the old [...] Read on →

Tips for Historic Homeowners [#1 Keep Private vs. Public Spaces]

Historic Home Tips

This is the start of a new series every Friday entitled “Tips for Historic Homeowners”! These will be short posts every week to help you start thinking about how to maintain, restore and enjoy your historic house. Tip #1 Keep Private vs. Public Spaces The recent trend of large open floor plans in homes today has led to many historic homes having their walls knocked down willy nilly. Historic homes traditionally had a greater separation of public and [...] Read on →

The Dutch Door: A Breath of Fresh Air

Dutch Door

The Dutch Door has been around since the 17th century. And through the centuries its iconic design has been found in homes across the globe. But this door has a special relationship with the earliest American colonies where it was almost a necessity of colonial home design. History This unique piece of architecture became popular in the American colonies of New York and New Jersey, which were originally settled by the Dutch before the English took over. This [...] Read on →

How To: Install Beadboard Wainscoting Like A Pro

Beadboard Wainscoting

Wainscoting is one of the best ways to dress up a boring room. And for a historic home’s bathroom nothing fits better than breadboard wainscoting. We’ll walk you through the best way to install a true beaded-plank wainscoting by highlighting one of our latest projects. Materials Needed: Beaded-plank boards in 3/4″ or 1/4″ thickness. 1×4 select Pine board for the top rail. 1×3 inexpensive backer boards. Cove molding. 1×2 select Pine for cap. (you can use any creative [...] Read on →