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Beautiful Chimneys

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It’s difficult not to notice a beautifully designed chimney. Some chimneys on newer houses have a wow factor, and many on older houses have it, too. Architectural design and skillful craftsmanship are evident in every aspect of a beautiful chimney. Not every chimney has a wow factor, but many do, and they are something to […]

The Amazingly Beautiful Gable Designs of Victorian Houses

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Are you a lover of beautiful older houses? Do you take the ‘long way’ just to drive through one of your favorite neighborhoods because of the gorgeous houses there? We can answer ‘yes’ to both of those questions, too! We love older, classically traditional houses and their yards, with all their nooks, crannies, and the […]

Exterior Shutters for Your Windows & a Timeless Look for Your House

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Do you feel your house could use some sort of architectural detail to give it an eye-catching ‘pop’, but you don’t know what it is? Exterior window shutters could be the feature you are looking for. We realize that shutters are not the answer for every house style or house design, but matching the right […]

Weathervanes – There’s a Style for Every Taste

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Weathervanes come in so many styles or themes that it would be just about impossible for someone not to find one that they really love. Styles like classical or whimsical, hobbies or pets, nautical, sports, woodland, or wildlife, and more…much more, make finding a favorite simple. Weathervanes are typically added to the top of a […]

Adding a Decorative Skirt Panel to a Porch

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A wood porch can add such architectural character to a house, and present great opportunities for adding detailing to your home. Porches, being at a higher elevation than the surrounding grade, use masonry piers or wood posts to support the structural framing for the raised wood porch (ledger boards are used also, but they typically […]

10 Ways to Get the Classic Look of an Older Home

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Using the term ‘high definition’, is a great way to describe the classic look of the homes of the past, along with their outdoor spaces and yards. You could find a great deal of exterior architectural features and detailing around every corner. These classic features and intricate details gave these homes an abundance of visual […]

Do You Know Your Period House Hardware? Test Your Knowledge!

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One of the classic details you can add to a traditional home’s home improvement project is period hardware. Period hardware manufactured today replicates the designs that were used at a particular time in architectural history. It includes outdoor hardware like door knobs and thumb latches, gate and door strap hinges, latches, door knockers and bells, […]

Red Entry Doors

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Red entry doors are so eye-catching. The color red can be used as one of the accent colors for a house’s color palette. Since red is so striking, it is a color that should be used sparingly. One of the immediate effects of using a red hue, is it’s capability of creating a focal point […]

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