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RESTORATION & PRESERVATION

Learn about old house restoration and preservation in these articles from Old-House Journal.
10 Lessons You'll Learn on a House Tour

House tours offer more than just a peek behind the curtains of beautifully restored historic homes—they also can provide inspiration and guidance for your own restoration projects.
Online Exclusive: Browse upcoming house tours on our Events calendar.
10 Lessons You Will Learn on a House Tour

35 Tips for Restoring Old Houses

To celebrate OHJ's 35th anniversary, we checked in with some old-house gurus to gather their top tips for restoring house parts within their expert domain. From radiators to roofing, these specialists offer up a wealth of advice that can help fine-tune the care and repair of your old house.
35 Tips for Restoring Old Houses

A Post-Fire Bauhaus Rehab

Sensing hidden potential through layers of damage, a Massachusetts couple buys and resurrects an original Bauhaus in the wake of a devastating fire.

Online exclusive: Check out other Bauhaus-influenced houses in Massachusetts.
A Post-Fire Bauhaus Rehab

All Historic Districts Are Not Created Equal

From varying degrees of protection to different financial benefits, when it comes to support, not all historic districts are created equal.

Architectural Ripoffs

Architectural theft is a growing problem in historic neighborhoods, especially those where a high proportion of houses are empty, either because they've been abandoned or are being renovated before new owners move in.

At Home in the Granger

Deep in the heart of Texas, a pair of homeowners stays true to the ideals of their home's renowned architect.
At Home in the Granger

Back From the Brink: A Budget Rehab

A budget- and maintenance-minded overhaul renewed the luster and livability of an 1892 Minneapolis Shingle Victorian.
Back From the Brink: A Budget Rehab

Behind the Scenes of a Decade-Long Restoration

An old-house contractor gives an inside glimpse into a decade spent doctoring up an 1870 Second Empire in Boston.

Online exclusive: Hiring a contractor? Here are 8 questions you must ask.
Behind the Scenes of a Decade-Long Restoration

Controlling the Mushroom Factor

A behind-the-scenes look at the start of carpenter Mark Clement's door rehanging project proves that the mushroom factor can be kept in line—if you prepare for it at the outset.
Controlling the Mushroom Factor

Day Camps Nurture Budding Historic Preservationists

By using historic properties as educational tools, the day camps incorporate a mixture of archaeology, history, architecture, and preservation into their activities.
Day Camps Nurture Budding

Early Modern Mouldings

Designs for door and window trim from the 1910s

Financing Help for Home Restorations

Are there any grants or other money sources to help us restore our historic house?
Help for Home Restorations

Finding Madison's Montpelier

A world-class sleuthing effort has gone into restoring James Madison's beloved house. The result is one of the best unmuddlings in recent history.
Finding Madison's Montpelier

Gut Reaction

Long-time nantucket resident Clarissa Porter first realized her home's 18th-century interiors might one day be prone to serious remuddling when a summer renter wanted to know when she was going to add a sauna and Jacuzzi upstairs.
Gut Reaction

High Tech for Old Houses

Recent advances in computers and related technologies are providing savvy homeowners and their architects with many new options for documenting and investigating historic buildings.
High Tech For Old Houses

Historic Foursquare Photos

With the wedding date looming, Muriel held the restoration crew firm to the timeline...
Historic Foursquare

Historic Retreats: Maison Pierre du Calvet

A small inn in one of Montreal's oldest homes stands as a testament to the city's Old World charm—and its dedicated preservation efforts.
Historic Retreats: Maison Pierre du Calvet

Historic Retreats: Moana Surfrider

The "First Lady of Waikiki" has stories to tell.
Moana Surfrider

Historic Retreats: The Governor Hotel

One of the Pacific Northwest's finest landmarks offers history at every turn.
Historic Retreats: The Governor Hotel

Home Tour: Updating for Accessibility

An Italianate gets a sympathetic addition, and some thoughtful improvements, to make it more wheelchair-friendly.
Home Tour: Updating for Accessibility

How To Get Rid of Mold

Here's what to do when mold takes hold.
Mildew in an attic

How To Prevent Lightning Damage

Make sure your house and its contents are well—grounded with an approved and inspected lightning protection system.

Online exclusive: Learn more about vintage lightning rods and where to find them.
How To Prevent Lightning Damage

How To Remove Rust

Make rusted iron elements as good as new again in 4 simple steps.
How To Remove Rust

How To Repair Your Stairs

Whether your stairs are loose, squeaky, or moving away from the wall, we've got the cure.
How To Repair Your Stairs

Listen Up, People: How To Protect Your Hearing

Tune in to the dangers of hearing loss on job sites.
Listen Up, People: How To Protect Your Hearing

Lost & Found: Uncovering a Historic Foursquare

The restoration of a 1902 St. Paul Foursquare revealed a treasure trove of secrets that helped guide the project.
Lost & Found: Uncovering a Historic Foursquare

Make a Smooth Move

The task of moving a historic house from one location to another is not to be undertaken lightly - but we've got some essential tips that will make the process a lot less stressful.
Smooth Move

Making Census of History

This quaint old head count can be a helpful tool in your research arsenal.

Mapping Out a Restoration

From the Civil War to Nixon, the Sanborn Fire Insurance Company's maps meticulously documented buildings in thousands of cities. Today, they can be invaluable for uncovering your home's long-lost historical details. Online exclusive: Check out links to the best digital Sanborn map resources.
Mapping Out a Restoration

New Horizons in Historic Preservation

No longer is historic preservation about the oldest or best.
New Horizons in Historic Preservation

Off to Buffalo




Officialdom Conquered

Acquiring the proper permit turns out to be easy, for once.
Officialdom Conquered

Old-House Insurance Policies with the Right Stuff

Consider this recipe for sticker shock.
Old House Insurance

Photos of Restored Victorian: A House Reborn

Photos of Restored Victorian: A House Reborn

Plaster Repair Options

There's a lot you can do to cure common wall and ceiling problems if you know the materials and methods behind some basic plaster repairs.
Plaster Repair Options

Plaster in Relief

Plaster isn't always synonymous with the word "flat" - textured plaster was common in many Spanish and Tudor interiors in the early 20th century. An expert shows how to recreate this lost art in your own home.

Preservation Innovations

These 6 communities are leading the next wave of preservation with fresh approaches to getting people involved.
A restored Pittsburgh home

Projects that Pay You Back

Old houses will see the most gain with historically appropriate products.

Questions to Ask Your Old-House Contractor

Finding just the right contractor for your restoration project can be tricky—but these questions will get you started down the right path.
Questions to Ask Your Old-House Contractor

Restoration Tips from Old House Journal's First 30 Years

Old House Journal offers 30 tips on cleaning, stripping, and painting tips collected during the first 30 years of publication.
30 Restoration Tips

Restored Victorian: A House Reborn

A trip though one historic home can spark ideas for restoring your own. This 1899 Queen Anne in Portland, Oregon, rose from the ashes of a crippling fire with the help of a team dedicated to preserving its history.
Restored Victorian: A House Reborn

Restoring Wright: New Life for an Icon

An innovative Frank Lloyd Wright design becomes better than new.
Restoring Wright: New Life for the Willey

Saving the Soffit

Sooner or later, all soffits need saving. Our expert shows how to assess damage, map repairs, and replace rotten wood in easy-to-follow steps.
Saving the Soffits

So You Want to Be a Professional Preservationist?

If your dream is a career working with historic buildings, the many opportunities for preservation education can help.
So You Want to be a Professional Preservationist

Stone Cottage Rehab

A diamond-in-the-rough cottage on Long Island proves a charming first house for a couple of newlywed restorers.
Stone Cottage

The Pocket Door Perspective

Pocket doors are an excellent, historically appropriate option for closing off small spaces. Here's what you need to know to install them.
The Pocket Door Perspective

Top 10 Restoration Mistakes

Read up on these common renovation don'ts to avoid making them on your house. Online exclusive: Share the worst "repair" you've seen in our special forum.
Top 10 Restoration Mistakes

Tower Travails: Fixing an Italianate Tower

An ornate Italianate's leaning tower gets a new lease on life thanks to a series of innovative repairs.
Tower Travails: Fixing an Italianate Tower

What Date Do I Restore To?

Preservationists have debated this question for a long time, and there is still no absolute consensus.
What Date Do I Restore To

What's Restoration Worth?

Determining how much money your old house restoration project is worth.
What's Restoration Worth

When Historic Properties Are Threatened

Q: I want to save a historic farmhouse that a contractor plans to demolish for the lot. I only have 60 days until it's sold. The owners in Bermuda have no interest but to make money. What can I do?
When Historic Properties are Threatened

Where Everybody Knows Your Budget

In a small town where there are no secrets, your home restoration budget as public knowledge is a cost of living.
Where Everybody Knows Your Budget

Where the Past Meets the Present

No three things control a house restoration more than budget, structure, and time.
Where The Past Meets The Present












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