Aurora Historic District: Residential Walking Tour - Town & Country Living

It’s been a while since I’ve published a walking tour of historic homes. As it just so happened, hubby and I went to see Shen Yun in Aurora, Illinois, which has a lot of older homes. We decided to go back on Sunday to snap some photos of the west side Aurora historic district. There... Read more


 

The 10 Most Beautiful Historic Homes on the Market in 2015

It's like picking a favorite child!


 

Homes for Sale in Historic Marietta | The Hank Miller Team

The Hank Miller Team are top North Atlanta real estate agents. Sales and appraisal expertise for Alpharetta, Roswell, Marietta and Atlanta


 

How Interior Designers Furnish Historic Homes for Modern Lifestyles

It’s all about subtly acknowledging the building’s past


 

Saving the Grand Old Cartwright House in Texas

How one homeowner took on the challenge of restoring a grand old house in Texas that had fallen into disrepair.


 

50 Historic Homes for Sale In Every State Across America

Pick a state, any state!


 

Profile about Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Homes in De Smet, South Dakota - Little House on the Prairie

Today we are excited to bring you an in-depth look at the Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Homes in De Smet, South Dakota. This is part of our on-going series highlighting popular historic locations and sites related to Little House on the Prairie. If you are in the area during the summer, you will want to... Read More »


 

A Lovingly Restored Historic Home In Idaho Falls

A Master Bathroom Addition Becomes More In Line With The Style Of The Home Tour On Design*Sponge


 

Exactly how I plan to stain my staircase!!! Love the stained Newel posts rather than painting them white <3


 

House Tour: Washington, DC's Oldest Home Restored - Design Chic

Take a peek inside Washington, DC's oldest home. It's a perfectly preserved blend of historic touches and modern sensibility.


 

The 10 Most Beautiful Historic Homes on the Market in 2015

It's like picking a favorite child!


 

Inside the 5 Historic Residences of the 26th Annual Hollywood Home Tour - D Magazine

This is our kind of history lesson.


 

Homes for Sale in Historic Marietta | The Hank Miller Team

The Hank Miller Team are top North Atlanta real estate agents. Sales and appraisal expertise for Alpharetta, Roswell, Marietta and Atlanta


 

Light and Bright Foyer

Interior designer James Farmer gives a young family’s historic home a new lease on life and proves elegance and exuberance go hand in hand


 

1000+ ideas about Historic Homes For Sale on Pinterest | Historic ...


 

1911 Tudor Revival In Cincinnati Ohio — Captivating Houses

CLICK HERE 1911 Tudor Revival In Cincinnati Ohio. $295,000. Exquisite original details! Rookwood fireplace, stunning millwork.


 

HGTV's 'Rehab Addict' gives tips on restoring old houses

Every time I move into another home to stage -- and I'm in my fourth in three years -- I play a game of "If This Were Mine." If this house were mine, I would rip this out and put...


 

3 Updated Spaces in this Historic, 1881 Nashville Home

It is amazing how far paint, lighting and new materials will take you. The Wills Co. prove that an updated space doesn't mean a total renovation.


 

Old Homes | 66 Franklin Street, New London Connecticut


 

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Two Meeting Street Inn Charleston, South Carolina


 

Profile about Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Homes in De Smet, South Dakota - Little House on the Prairie

Today we are excited to bring you an in-depth look at the Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Homes in De Smet, South Dakota. This is part of our on-going series highlighting popular historic locations and sites related to Little House on the Prairie. If you are in the area during the summer, you will want to... Read More »


 

35 Tips for Renovating Old Houses

When renovating old houses, from radiators to roofing, these specialists offer up a wealth of advice that can help fine-tune the care.


 

Is This the Perfect Christmas House?

Perched high on a hill, this magical Victorian home for sale looks straight out of a holiday postcard.


 

Honoring a Historic Home while Keeping it Classically Current

Honoring a Historic Home while Keeping it Classically Current | Rue


 

Plantations & Historic Homes of New Orleans


 

Making the Most of Your Historic Home

Making the Most of Your Historic Home Most of us would agree that historic homes are fascinating. It’s remarkable, isn’t it, the way that doorways were shorter, hallways narrower, and rooms themselves were all around smaller “back then.” It’s one thing to walk through a historical home and imagine life living there; it’s quite another thing altogether to actually be living in one. If this idea appeals to you, or if you’re already enjoying the quirks of a historic home lifestyle, you might find the following article interesting. WHAT IS A HISTORIC HOME? A historic home (also known as a period house) can be one of several different things, including being simply a stately home, the birthplace of a famous person, or a house with an interesting history or architecture. Taking this a step further, the historic society requires that, to be officially “historical,” a house must have sufficient age, a relatively high degree of physical integrity, and historical significance. For the purposes of this article, we’ll be loosening up the definition a bit by going with a stately home with historically significant architectural details. HISTORIC HOME BENEFITS: Pure Historical Aesthetics. It’s hard, if not downright impossible, to argue the aesthetic draw of a historical home. This is probably the most gratifying benefit of living in one. They are detailed, unique, and – bonus! – have withstood the test of time. Healthy Doses of Character & Charm. This is a priceless advantage of choosing a historic home to live in; you’re granted immediate charm and appeal simply because the home is from a distinctly separate era. It’s hard to replicate this, which is what makes historic homes so desirable. Unique & Detailed Architecture. Although historic houses have similarities in architecture, including columns, porches, trimmings, etc., they were built long before the days of mass production in construction. You’ve got yourself an original one-of-a-kind home, both inside and out. Protected by Historical Societies. While some might view this as a disadvantage to living in a historical home, we see it as an advantage simply because historical homes are often located in clusters in a neighborhood. This caveat protects you and your neighbors from someone’s moving in and changing everything historic about their home, thereby decreasing the value of your own. HISTORIC HOME DISADVANTAGES: Sub-Optimal Insulation. This will come as no surprise, of course, but your historical home isn’t likely going to be the most efficient one in the area. This results in drafts and raised heating/cooling costs. Requires Permission for Remodeling. You might think that, since it’s your home and all, you have the right and ability to change it however you want. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on your stance), your historic home has certain unalienable rights that aim to retain as much of the integrity of its time as possible. Exterior renovations in particular will require special permits and permissions, if they’re allowed at all. Add-ons are rarely permitted at all. Costly to Remodel. Exterior items such as windows, shutters, and doors can only be replaced with similar items (again, to preserve the historical look and feel of the home), which will be much more expensive than, say, similar pieces at your local big box store. Interior remodeling is a little more flexible, but most people who are drawn to historic homes in the first place want to maintain as much of the original look and feel as possible while updating, which can also add up. HISTORIC HOME STYLING TIPS: Choose Rich Colors. Historical homes were anything but drab in the color department. Rich tones reflected a vibrant outlook and lifestyle. Choose rich, saturated colors that set off the house’s architecture and fit your style. Emphasize Architectural Details. Historic houses are known for their gorgeous mouldings and trims and details that many homes today simply lack. Find ways to highlight these features in your home, whether with strategic lighting, paint, or furniture layout. Decorate with the Past in Mind. While you don’t need to turn your home into a showpiece of a given era, it helps to keep the feeling of the past alive and well in your historical home décor. Chippy, vintage pieces, wood items, or framed small silhouettes, for example, will evoke a sense of age with dignity and personality. Original article and pictures take www.homedit.com site


 

Historic Home Renovation


 

18 Victorian Homes We Love

Queen Victoria may have vacated the British throne long ago, but the regal and architecturally distinctive Victorian houses erected during her reign, from 1837 to 1901, remain fixtures in cities across the United States, where they've put their own American twist on the European archetype. Here you can sample a selection of our favorite stateside examples of the everlasting elegance of the Victorian home.


 

Historic Victorian House in Portland Renovated by Jessica Helgerson | Yellowtrace

In this Portland home renovation, Jessica Helgerson reflects her clients' love of modernist design while remaining respectful to existing architecture.


 

8 Historic Homes That Were Light-Years Ahead of Their Time

Today, with home buyers on the lookout for extras like heated floors, professionally equipped kitchens, and water filtration systems, it's hard to imagine living in a house without basic necessities like running water and light switches. Yet what we now consider essentials were, at one point, groundbreaking technological advances, some of which you'll find in these 8 historic homes that were truly ahead of their time.