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Make Your Historic Home Energy Efficient!

A historic home has numerous perks for its owners; original hardwood floors, high ceilings, intricate detail, and the fact that you have, and are living in, your very own piece of history. However, with the good also comes the bad; poorly insulated walls, air leaks in windows and around doors, and less than perfect water pressure.

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Topics: exteriors, energy saving techniques, money saving ideas, Historic Preservation, Window restoration, Insulation, materials and techniques

More innovation in home construction products...

While we're talking about innovative products I thought I'd mention another pretty cool new idea.  A company called Trufig has invented a line of wall switches and outlets that can be flush mounted with any surface, and therefore made to almost disappear.

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Topics: Historic Preservation, materials and techniques, Renovations

Product feature: A thermostat that learns

Since I started in this business as a renovation and restoration contractor, I have tried to look for new ways of approaching old problems.   I love when fresh ideas are brought to the residential construction business.

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Historic houses: Beauty through imperfection

Several times a year I am asked to look at old houses for potential buyers.  I'll walk through the house and give them my opinion on the condition of the house, the feasibility of renovations and additions, ballpark costs, etc. 

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Topics: Historic Preservation, materials and techniques

The evolution of historic architectural details

This past Thursday I attended a lecture by architect Matthew Bronski about the year in Italy he spent studying the architecture of that country.  He wanted to see why some ancient buildings have survived to this day while others failed miserably.

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Topics: Historic Preservation, Old House repair, materials and techniques

One approach to old house kitchen renovations

Kitchen design is a very personal thing, especially when it comes to old houses. Some people want the kitchen to match the period look of their house while others don't mind having a more modern looking space.

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Topics: materials and techniques, Renovations, Kitchens

Restoring the original look of your historic house

Last time we did a survey of the Greek Revival houses in my town of Medway, Mass. There are some great examples of the style in town, ranging from humble to high style.  Now let's take a look at the potential pitfalls of altering the original siding and trim details.

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Topics: exteriors, Historic Preservation, materials and techniques

Case Study: Using fake wood (!) in a historic renovation project

In the course of a recent renovation of a ca. 1795 home in Milton, we needed to replicate an original rooftop balustrade.The one surviving section displayed a "spider web" pattern composed of many small pieces of wood nailed together.

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Topics: materials and techniques, Renovations

Renovation Techniques: Stone Veneer

When we build an addition on a historic house, we take pride in our ability to make the new space blend seamlessly with the old. One of the ways we do this is by avoiding the raw look of exposed concrete foundations. Instead, we typically place a veneer of stone over the concrete so that the new foundation looks very much like the original foundation- at least from the exterior.

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Topics: materials and techniques