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Links: Old Log Cabins For Sale! (Reassembly Probably Required!)

I had not realized just how much of a market had developed for historic log cabins.  Old log houses.  Antique log buildings.  Pioneer log homes.  Whatever you want to call them. I’ve been fascinated with pioneers’ cabins since I was a kid.  When I was in 4th grade, my dad rented an old farmhouse near [...]

Richardsonian Mansion in Sharon, PA being “eBayed”

Many-a-time on our road trips between Connecticut and Ohio, we would exit I-80 to stop for gas near a small city named Sharon, just after crossing the border from Ohio into Pennsylvania.   Yet we never really drove into town, feeling we didn’t have time to casually “explore” on such a long trip.  But had I [...]

“This Old House” reveals its “Best Old House Neighborhoods” of 2011

“This Old House” magazine has declared its best historic house neighborhoods for 2011, releasing an extensive report featuring 64 neighborhoods from all over North America.  So as to not leave out anyone, 1 neighborhood was chosen for each U.S. state and 1 for each Canadian province. The magazine editors say that  these “best” historic neighborhoods [...]

Tweets about “Historic Houses” on Twitter . . .

Today, while on my Twitter account, I thought it would be fun to see if people were “tweeting” at all about historic houses.  The answer, of course, is “yes!” — people are using Twitter to talk about everything.

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day !

All across the world, millions have become “Irish for the Day” and are joining in the celebration of Saint Patrick’s Day. They’re wearing green outfits, going to parades, drinking Guiness, eating corned beef and cabbage, and offering “Top of the Mornin”s like Leprechauns. Many cities around the world dye the waters in their fountains green in [...]

Historic House + Historic Tree = Marketability?

As a REALTOR who specialized in the sale of historic homes, I always enjoyed photographing the properties I marketed for sale.  I would often take up to 100 or so pictures.  In addition to the “normal” photos of the front of the house & all of the requisite “showcase” shots of the interior, I would snap [...]

Live in Historic Houses for Free (one small catch, though)

If you’ve ever had a burning desire to live in a great historic house, for nothing down, and with no monthly payment, then one of these programs may be perfect for you. You’d need a hammer, and some other tools, and need to be comfortable with a lot of manual labor ….and be willing to commit to a 7-30 [...]

Historic Paint Colors: Give Good Advice with These Resources

As I painted a den today for a family member, I got to thinking about paint colors & historic houses.  (Not that the house I was painting was historic . . . In fact, I was painting a 1968 Ranch style house with dark, faux panel walls (see right) . . . but still, I needed something to think about, right?).  [...]

Replacing Antique Metal: Historic Hardware Websites

Whether restoring a worn down Victorian or sprucing up a Craftsman bungalow for re-sale, it is good to know where to look to find historic hardware to add that extra level of authenticity to your project.  You might know of a local architectural salvage store where you might be able to score some good material, [...]

Modern but still Historic- Great “Vintage” Home Websites

The first couple of decades of the twentieth-century were exciting times for house builders and architects. Many of the house styles that came to dominate 20th-century architecture were first introduced in the 1900s, the teens, and the 1920s. Craftsman bungalows were the most popular houses of the 1910s, and continued in popularity through the 1930s. Frank Lloyd Wright launched his [...]