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Historic Window Hardware

By Dan Cooper

Window hardware, with the latch in particular, is a prime example of this oversight: it is an apparently innocuous detail, yet consider that latches are situated at eye-level in almost every building.

Homeownership

Historic New England

By Sally Zimmerman

Recent news reports suggest first-time home buyers may be entering the real estate market in greater numbers. One banking industry newsletter noted that 2018 witnessed the largest jump in first-time home buyers since the Great Recession. While perhaps too early to be a trend, the inventory of “starter homes” in the market seems to be increasing while prices may be moderating, bringing home ownership within reach of more buyers, at least in some areas of the country.

Homeownership

When Lightning Strikes

By Noelle Lord

The previous owners of our house installed antique lightning rods along the rooflines.

Homeownership

Waiting for an Opening: Reclaiming Vintage Windows in your Antique Home

By Dan Cooper

Use oil paint on your windows every five to eight years, for if this is done, they will continue to last forever.

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Impure Thoughts: Stylistic Gamut

By Dan Cooper

People have always dragged their possessions from household to household, whether it was by sentiment or economics. If you study period interior photographs or paintings of actual dwellings (as opposed to advertisements or designer’s renderings), you’ll rarely see one that contains furnishings that were all made within a year of each other. Careful scrutiny will always reveal items from a previous era.

Homeownership

Taking Care of your Old Place: Old House Friendly Solutions for increased Energy Efficiency

By Noelle Lord

Start talking energy efficiency and most preservationists and restorers begin to tremble.

Homeownership

Finishing School

By Dan Cooper

Appriopriate wood finishes in an antique home.

Homeownership

Heating System Tune-ups

By Dan Cooper

We never think about our home heating systems until that first cold day in November, when we flick on the thermostat, only to find that the furnace doesn't fire up.

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