15 Tips for Living in an Old House

The craftsman blog

Hi I'm Scott.

a general contractor in historic home restoration,

a #1 best-selling  Amazon author,

here to show  YOU how  you can  do-it-yourself.

Here are 5 of my BEST TIPS for living in an old house:


Not all historic homes should have an open floor plan.

Keep Private  vs. Public  Spaces


It is what it is, and trying to change it will only lead to trouble.

respect  your home's vintage


An out of scale addition like an oversized dormer or an undersized porch will only serve to confuse the look of your house.

keep the  exterior  proportions


It has friends all around the neighborhood, built at roughly the same time by the same people using some of the same techniques and materials.

study your neighbors' houses


You should always start any restoration project on the outside of the house.

start outside