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 →

Working Together: Preservationists Join Forces to Save a Landmark

Baker House

No matter how badly we want to save a particular historic building, there is only so much we can do alone. Our resources are limited. You only have so much time, money and expertise. After all, you’re only one person. But when you look at it through the lens of what what can be accomplished together things start to get really exciting. And that’s what’s about to happen in Wildwood, Florida this weekend. The Wildwood Historical Association was [...] Read on →

Italianate Architectural Style

Italianate Style House

The Italianate style was an elaborate architectural style popular in the U.S. at much the same time as the Gothic Revival style, from the early 1840s until the mid 1880s. The Italainate style was extraordinarily popular in the northeast, midwest and particularly common in San Francisco, which transformed from a small village into a major American port city from the 1850s to the 1870s. The Italianate style is almost completely absent from the southern states because of the [...] 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 →

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 {#2 Respect Your Home’s Vintage}

Historic Home Tips

Whether you home is Victorian or Craftsman, Greek or Colonial, plain or elaborate you should respect Its vintage. It is what it is and trying to change it will only lead to trouble. There’s something incredibly jarring about one type of home masquerading as another. Your home has a vintage that is completely unique unto itself and that vintage should be respected. Mixing genres and decades not only destroys your historic home’s intrinsic value but also its financial [...] Read on →

Folk Victorian Style

Cross Gabled Folk Victorian

The Folk Victorian style is one of the most often found styles of historic homes in America. Folk Victorians can be found in almost every state and chances are you’ll find an example somewhere in your own town. Next to the Craftsman Bungalow this is the style most often associated today with being a “historic home.” And once again it was the railroads that played a major part in transforming the landscape of America as it brought the most [...] Read on →

What I Learned On Martha’s Vineyard

1600's Cape Cod

Recently I had the opportunity to visit Martha’s Vineyard. For those of you unfamiliar with the name, it’s an island off the southern coast of Massachusetts that has a rich history dating all the way back to 1602. Full of colonial era and mid 19th century buildings built by the captains of the then booming whaling industry I was like a kid in a historic candy store! But the incredible architecture was only the tip of the iceberg. [...] Read on →

Historic Trim & Moldings

Molding and Trimwork

The trim installed in your home has gone through a lot of changes over the last couple centuries. On the simple frontier homes of early colonial America there wasn’t much need for the fanciful trim and moldings present in European homes at the time. It was a wild country and the focus was on survival. But as the country matured so did its stylistic tastes in molding.

Before You Buy A Historic House

Gothic Revival Tower

So, you’ve decided to buy a historic house. Congratulations! Purchasing a historic house is more than just owning a beautiful piece of history. It’s a labor of love that can require a lot of work and an extra serving of patience. Historic homes line the streets of almost every town from Maine to California, and there is no dearth of variety when it comes to an old house. There are Craftsman Bungalows, Queen Annes, Colonial Revivals, Greek Revivals, [...] Read on →

10 Reasons To Love Your Historic Home

I Heart Home

A historic home is more than just a place to live; it’s a living history that you’re a part of. While the trials of owning a historic home can be daunting at times, the benefits are unrivaled. Financial benefits, architectural designs and quality of work that is unmatched by today’s standards are just a few of the reasons why you should love your historic home. Check out our top 10 reasons to love your historic home! You may [...] Read on →

Preserving Historic Windows

Historic Window

Whether your historic home is still in its infancy or whether your historic structure is hundreds of years old, preserving the original architecture and design elements are crucial to keeping your historic home historic. Keeping the siding, roofing materials and other architectural features in their original state can be tough, but well worth the effort. More often than not, outdated and damaged windows are replaced with newer more energy efficient models, destroying the original look and feel of [...] Read on →

How To Fund Your Restoration

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Restoring a historic structure can be expensive. We should know, it’s our business! From searching for suitable replacements for long forgotten items to custom millwork, the bill for period appropriate restoration and preservation can really discourage the average old house enthusiast. But there is help. There are tons of programs at the Federal, State, and Local levels that can assist you in purchasing and restoring your next house. Though you’ll have to jump through some hoops to get [...] Read on →

American Queen Anne Style

A Queen Anne in all its splendor is a beautifully ornate and complex piece of architecture.

The Queen Anne was a vastly popular form of high-style architecture in America from about 1880-1910. It is somewhat less common in the heavily populated states of the northeast; however, the cotton rich states of the New South have some of the most fanciful examples. The style was popularized by a group of 19th century architects led by Richard Norman Shaw. The name is rather inappropriate, for the historical precedent used by Shaw and his followers had little [...] Read on →