Before and After ~ Southern Greek Revival

This pair of photos comes from livingvintageco.com. They illustrate well what is possible with a thoughtful and careful approach to restoring historic houses. You can see that original materials and features were retained and restored where possible and missing elements were replaced with compatible materials, taking design cues from the style and period of the house.

Designing appropriate replacements for missing elements is covered in Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners. The 720-page hardcover book was released in December and has been enthusiastically embraced by old house lovers across the country. It is available in bookstores nationwide and through online retailers (it is currently 34% off list price on Amazon!). Signed copies are available directly from the author on this site.

Your local bookstore can order copies through their W.W. Norton rep.

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