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Old House Restoration Stories & Blogs

Have you ever wondered what it's like to restore an old house? Welcome to our archive of old house blogs and restoration stories.

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Arkansas

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The Devil Queen
Crow Mountain, Arkansas

Chronicles how my wife and I sold our souls to an 1890 Queen Anne Victorian. Since 2002, we've moved the house from its original site and completely rebuilt it from the ground up. After four years of hard work, suffering, and bondage to the beast, we're still waiting to move into it.

Web Site: http://thedevilqueen.blogspot.com/

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California

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Casa Decrepit
Alamdea, California

Casa Decrepit - The restoration of the Italianate style home is simply amazing and the story reads better than any Reality TV Show. Catch up with this quick restoration and follow the journey before it is finished.

Web Site: casadecrepit.com/

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The Petch House
Eureka, California

A HouseBlog about the restoration of an 1895 Queen Anne.

Web Site: petchhouse.blogspot.com

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Eureka Redwood Victorian
Eureka, California

Our House - A 1890s one and a half story with cross gable dormers - All redwood construction - walls, floor, & ceilings. This is a restoration project.

Web Site: www.eurekavic.blogspot.com

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Vernacular Italianate in the Wine Country
Healdsburg, California

A vernacular Italianate in downtown Healdsburg California that has not been lived in for 60 years.
Not one single piece of this 4000 sq foot home does not need to be redone. Most folks think we are out of our minds as we tackle this monster ourselves.

Web Site: www.227northstreet.com/

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Goodin's Folly
Los Angeles, California

Rebuilding a 1909 bungalow from the ground up.

Web Site: http://goodinsfolly.blogspot.com/

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School Daze
Monte Rio, California

Originally the one-room schoolhouse for Monte Rio, CA, Sheridan School was decommissioned in 1942 and had fallen into significant disrepair when we bought it in 2009.

Web Site: http://rrschoolhouse.wordpress.com

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Restoring a Queen Anne Cottage in Oakland
Oakland, California

A 1600 sqft house that still retains some of its original work that we hope will re-emerge during our renovations.

Web Site: http://victorian1898.blogspot.com/

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Tar Paper Crane
Oakland, California

This blog documents renovation projects to vintage homes in the San Francisco Bay Area. The houses are held true to their roots and brought up to modern building codes.

Web Site: http://www.tarpapercrane.com/search/label/Little%20Blue%20Cottage

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Oakland
Oakland, California

The chronicle of me and my wife's renovation our modest 1929 Oakland cottage.

Web Site: http://oaklandshack.blogspot.com/

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San Fran Vic
San Francisco, California

I am an avid blogger and I have decided to start blogging about my home restoration. I hope you enjoy it.

Web Site: www.sanfranvic.com

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1915 Cottage
San Juan Capistrano, California

The story of an old house and the old house-obsessed person that lives there.

Web Site: http://1915cottage.blogspot.com/

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Colorado

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Housecrazy
Canon City, Colorado

Come check out my blog about all things houses - including my own old house!

Web Site: http://www.house-crazy.com/

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Two Alarm Victorian
Colorado Springs, Colorado

A blog to document our DIY room to room entire remodel and restoration of an early 1900s home. This is the start of a life long project.

Web Site: www.twoalarmvictorian.wordpress.com

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Connecticut

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Stephen Wilcox House
East Berlin, Connecticut

5 Bay, Center Chimney House built in 1771 by Stephen Wilcox. Kept in the family until the early 1950's.

We're currently completely restoring/remodeling the house, which hasn't been touched since the early 1950's.

Web Site: http://revive-restore-renew.blogspot.com/

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Holleywood
Lakeville, Connecticut

This fabulous old estate on a lake was built in 1853 by the Governor of Connecticut. Its brick and stucco construction includes a four-story octagonal turret. It was in one family for 158 years until we bought it in March 2011 and began to restore it.

Web Site: http://www.bringingbackholleywood.com/

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Enos Kellogg Homestead
Norwalk, Connecticut

A sporadic recounting of our efforts to restore a c.1784 New England saltbox in Norwalk, Connecticut.

Web Site: http://enoskellogghouse.blogspot.com/

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The James Warner House
Rocky Hill, Connecticut

A newlywed, first time home buyer couple purchases a circa 1760 colonial in New England. This blog follows their adventures during their home ownership. An honest look at buying, owning, repairing and dealing with a 250 year old home.

Web Site: http://www.confessionsofanantiquehome.blogspot.com/

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Florida

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The 1930 Yellow Bungalow Restoration
Arcadia, Florida

1930 Florida Bungalow

Web Site: http://ignitethecreativity.wordpress.com/2014/05/15/the-1930-yellow-bungalow-restoration/

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Under 1 Roof
Lake Worth, Florida

It began just three years ago. Rock musician meets producer-next-door. She lived in a McMansion in the suburbs of South Florida. He was hunkered down in a bachelor pad in Atlanta. Together, Ray & Diane decided to give love one last chance while pursuing a lifelong dream - restoring and “greening” a historic home. Watch as they stumble their way through their ambitious DIY home makeover, while sharing their experiences and insights for you Under1Roof.

Web Site: www.under1rooftv.com

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Lucky Lakehouse--1920's Colonial Won National Remodel Contest
Orlando, Florida

Blog about our 1920's New England style Colonial Saltbox that won the 2011 This Old House Reader Remodel Contest and our remodeling & decorating adventures!

Web Site: www.luckylakehouse.com

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1909 McLeran House
Wellborn, Florida

Estate-worthy without the cost. Completely and beautifully renovated and maintained.

Web Site: http://floridavictorianforsale.com

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Georgia

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This Old Home
Bethlehem, Georgia

This is the blog of our progress as we work to restore our 1862 home. For the past 5 years we have worked on our home as we lived in it... with our 6 year old twin boys helping along the way.

Web Site: thisoldhome.blogspot.com

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The Red House
Guyton, Georgia

Our haunted house was built in 1870 by Col. Edward Bird, the Red House is in the process of being restored. With over 3000 sq. feet, we have our work cut out for us.

Web Site: http://www.theredhousediaries.com

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Illinois

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This Abandoned House
Chicago, Illinois

From vacant and abandoned to the most distinctive house on the block, learn how we bought and renovated our dream home at the height of the recession!

Web Site: www.thisabandonedhouse.com

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House in Progress
Chicago, Illinois

This online diary brings the entire renovation process of one couple's journey to life as they are renovating their beautiful Chicago bungalow. Complete with diary archives, renovating and decorating ideas, before and after photos, book and magazine reviews, and even their experiences with different vendors, this site is a must see for any old house lover.

Web Site: www.houseinprogress.net

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Rehab in Progress
Maywood, Illinois

Taking an old Chicago Bungalow from a beat up sad space and returning it to something of beauty.

Web Site: http://www.TwoStudsandAHammer.com

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Bungalow Chronicles
Morton Grove, Illinois

A blog about renovating, restoring and remodeling a classic 1929 Chicago-style bungalow, inside and out.

Web Site: http://bungalowchronicles.com

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Historic Edwards Place, c. 1857
Springfield, Illinois

Historic Edwards Place was built in 1833 and enlarged in 1857. The Springfield Art Association is undertaking a full-scale interior restoration to its c. 1860 appearance.

Web Site: http://restoreedwardsplace.blogspot.com/?view=magazine

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Big Red
Wyoming, Illinois

The townspeople call her "Big Red" but we call it "home". This is the story of our work, lives and play in an 1890 home in Wyoming, Illinois. From figured butternut woodwork throughout, to the original Brunswick billiard table in the attic...each day reveals another reason why we're so glad the house selected us.

Web Site: bigredwyoming.blogspot.com

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Indiana

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Colonel Ayers Mansion
Lafayette, Indiana

The home was built by the carpenter Wallace in 1850. He used only the best materials; black walnut lumber and sterling silver hardware throughout the house. It's most famous resident was Colonel Ayers. It has 5500 square feet of living space, 5 bedrooms and 3 full baths. Currently, attorney Brian Dekker and family are attempting to rehab the mansion after 22 years of vacancy.

Web Site: Colonelayersmansionrestoration.blogspot.com

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Iowa

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Restoring Our 1900 Bungalow
Burlington, Iowa

Web Site: draftyhouseinbtown.blogspot.com

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The Old Mellicker Place
Iowa City, Iowa

Tales of joy and woe in the process of restoring a 1905 Four-Square.

Web Site: 225nlucas.blogspot.com

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Our Old Victorian
Sioux City, Iowa

Website documenting the restoration of our 1889 Victorian home.

Web Site: www.ouroldvictorian.com

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Kansas

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Simpson's Folly
Wichita, Kansas

Join us as we blunder our way through the restoration of this turn-of-the-century Edwardian Foursquare where "the journey is part of the destination".

Web Site: simpsonsfolly.blogspot.com

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Kentucky

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the Joshua Shively House
Louisville, Kentucky

Built in about 1906 as the summer home of the prosperous Joshua C. Shively family. Were undoing nearly every room to the original proportions, style and in some cases color, one wall at a time.

Web Site: http://thejoshuashivelyhouse.blogspot.com/

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Old House, New Garden
Winchester, Kentucky

My blog detailing living in and fixing up an 1895 old Foursquare in an old neighborhood.

Web Site: meandering-garden.blogspot.com

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Louisiana

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New Orleans Creole Cottage
New Orleans, Louisiana

Barge board creole cottage.

Web Site: www.creolecottage.wordpress.com

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The House at Sugar Creek
Sugar Creek, Louisiana

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to completely restore an old abandoned home? Well that's exactly what we're doing with this late 1800's Louisiana dog-trot. Follow us from the very beginning until she's move-in ready.

Web Site: www.jackie-lewis.blogspot.com

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Maine

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Cliff House Residence
Cape Elizabeth, Maine

Web Site: http://kickedeaves.blogspot.com/

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Two Cats in the Yard
Portland, Maine

Two Cats in the Yard is a blog about our 1874 house in Portland, Maine. We are attempting a green renovation with two cats, a chihuahua, and a toddler in tow.

Web Site: 2cats.wordpress.com

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Daniel Dole House
Portland, Maine

A large, classic Georgian colonial, the Daniel Dole house is a two storied gambrel house with a central hall plan.

Web Site: http://thedailydish.wordpress.com/category/the-dole-house/

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SoPo Cottage
South Portland, Maine

We have a passion for restoring old homes. We've done it many times in our own homes, but now we want to see if we can make it a business. Our first project - a 1900 Victorian in Maine. Check out or blog to share our adventure!

Web Site: http://sopocottage.blogspot.com/

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Maryland

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Streetcar Suburb Colonial Revival
Baltimore, Maryland

The ongoing story of the slow process of conducting a period-appropriate restoration a mid/late 1910s Georgian Colonial Revival in Baltimore's "Streetcar Suburb" of Ten Hills.

Web Site: http://www.colonialrevivalrestoration.com

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House Love
Baltimore, Maryland

Located in Baltimore's historic Charles Village. The house was nearly destroyed by a fraternity that owned it for 10 years. Ron Tanner & Jill Eicher restored it over a 7 year period (and counting). The house was featured in THIS OLD HOUSE magazine in the Jan/Feb 2008 issue.

Web Site: www.houselove.org

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The Gibbons' House
Baltimore, Maryland

A complete renovation of a Baltimore rowhome and storefront into a modern family home

Web Site: Gibbonshome.blogspot.com

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Stewart's Place
Hagerstown, Maryland

Stewart's Place contains a visual documentary with current and historical photos of this beautiful colonial home.

Web Site: http://www.stewartsplace.com/4.html

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Massachusetts

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Modern Life in an Antique Farmhouse
Sterling, Massachusetts

Part love story, part nightmare. My blog tells it like it is, life amidst major renovation. We are a family of five who bought an antique farmhouse in a small town. This has been quite the undertaking and most likely will continue to be for years to come… We are happy to share our trials with you and hope this site brings you a few laughs.

Web Site: http://antiquefarmhouse.blogspot.com

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The Harbor Inn
Westport, Massachusetts

Web Site: http://www.harborinnwestport.com/history.htm

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Michigan

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49740 House Blog Launched!
Harbor Springs, Michigan

Hello! I've just launched a new blog about my unabashed love for Harbor Springs, Michigan's wonderful old houses!

Web Site: http://49740.us.com/wordpress/

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Elba Farm House
Lapeer, Michigan

History, renovation, and daily life in an old Elba Township farmhouse.

Web Site: http://elbafarmhouse.blogspot.com

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The Hamilton Road Project
Okemos, Michigan

This is the house located in downtown Okemos. My grandparents lived there. When they passed away I purchased the property and started the undertaking of rebuilding a historical property that was on its last legs.

Web Site: http://hamiltonproject.blogspot.com/

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Guernsey Bungalow
St. Joseph, Michigan

I have a 1922 Bungalow. I believe it would be a Craftsman because of its built-ins. This is a website with my renovations.

Web Site: http://stjosephbungalow.weebly.com

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Minnesota

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Joseph J. Brechet Home
Glencoe, Minnesota

Beautiful three-story majestic Bed & Breakfast with a two-story stone foundation, boasting Historic Grandeur.

Web Site: http://brechetinn.blogspot.com/

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Stucco House
Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota

The ups & downs of restoring a 1924 bungalow.

Web Site: http://www.stuccohouse.blogspot.com/

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1889 Queen Anne Keller Row
St. Paul, Minnesota

Purchased an 1889 Queen Anne thinking the renovation back to a single family home would be easy and quick right? Come see from hell to heaven this renovation!

Web Site: http://1889victorianrestoration.blogspot.com

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Mississippi

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Claire Allen Historic Home
Jackson, Mississippi

This is our story of renovating a historic 1922 Colonial. I hope you enjoy the site.

Web Site: renovate-home.blogspot.com

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Missouri

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Raising Laura
Hannibal, Missouri

Blog about a couple of ex-Seattle urbanites who are restoring two "dying properties" in the picturesque town of Hannibal, Missouri, and (re)learning small town living.

Web Site: http://raisinglaura.blogspot.com/

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Pondicherry Cottage
Somewhere in, Missouri

Follow our journey in restoring a 104 yr old cottage that we purchased for a dollar per square foot (property included).

Web Site: http://www.pondicherrycottage.blogspot.com/

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The Jefferson House
St. Charles, Missouri

Web Site: JeffersonHouse.blogspot.com

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St. Louis Folk Victorian
St. Louis, Missouri

I grew up in a century old home and always knew that I wanted one of my own someday. Recently I closed on what is my Dream Home and have begun the journey of restoration. While it might not turn out exactly true to Victorian-form; it will certaily be a tribute nonetheless.

Web Site: http://stlouisfolkvictorian.blogspot.com/

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The George Hall Home
Trenton, Missouri

You may ask yourself "what prompted this insanity?" Well, it started with HGTV's "If Walls Could Talk". Then My Beautiful Bride and I spent an anniversary getaway at the Hoyt House in Fernandina Beach, Florida followed by a stay at the Marshall House in Savannah, Georgia. This prompted us to start looking for old houses nationwide, which included looking at houses on oldhouses.com. Anyway, this is my story and I'm sticking with it.

Web Site: http://iceretired.blogspot.com

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Preserving History - Home of William Preston Thompson
Trenton, Missouri

The Thompson House was the residence of William Preston Thompson who was a frontiersman, politician, officer, judge, doctor, father and husband. Born 5 Sep 1788 in Washington County, Virginia; Thompson married twice, first to Jane Robertson Russell 1788-1816 of Burks Garden, Tazewell County, Virginia and later to Sarah E. (Sallie) Meek 1802-1851 also of Virginia.

Web Site: http://friendsofthethompsonhouse.blogspot.com/

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Montana

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Judge Frank Henry Mansion
Livingston, Montana

This is a blog about the restoration of this gorgeous home! We're excited about it and hope you enjoy following our adventure!

Web Site: http://victorianrestorationmontana.blogspot.com/

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Mark Kersting
Missoula, Montana

One of Missoula's and Montana's finest restorations of an elegant 1890's brick commercial Building. Over 80% of this project has been undertaken by a single individual over the past 12 years Original occupants included a Chinese Landry, Drug Warehouse, Brothel. Now a community Events Hall, Offices, Housing. see stensrudeventscenter.com

Web Site: http://issuu.com/tadhmmm/docs/april-may_09_missoulamag48

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Nebraska

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Bennington Colonial's Blog
Bennington, Nebraska

The trials and tribulations of a NeoClassical/Queen Anne restoration/renovation undertaken by a now much wiser Do-It-Yourselfer and his family.

Web Site: http://benningtoncolonial.wordpress.com/

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New Jersey

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John Howard Pugh House
Burlington, New Jersey

Web Site: http://www.08016.com/2011/09/dr-john-howard-pugh-house.html

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Blue Haven Farm
Cedar Brook, New Jersey

Web Site: http://bluehavenfarm.wordpress.com/

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Our Victorian House
Fanwood, New Jersey

This incredible 1875 Eastlake Stick Style Victorian has been meticulous restored to it's former splendor. The Reception Hall welcomes visitors with it's beautiful marble fireplace. The Formal Parlor is reminicent of a jewel box with it's amazing wallcoverings and stained glass windows. The sweeping living room boasts tin ceilings, stained glass and a tiled fireplace. The beauty of this home continues throught the 6+ Bedrooms, 1.5 Baths, Eat in Kitchen and Formal Dining Room. The home also has 4 fireplaces and a massive Open Front Porch. This home is registered on the National Registry of Historic homes, and is a short walk to the NYC trains!

Web Site: WWW.OURVICTORIANHOUSE.COM

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White City Overlook Mansion
Hamilton, New Jersey

This blog is our story of the rehab project of the White City Mansion, built in 1820, the home has seen various uses including White City Amusement Park, Casino, Dance Hall, and for the last 90 years or so a private residence. We are remodeling the home via a 203K rehab loan and will be moving in August 2010

Web Site: www.whitecitymansion.blogspot.com

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The Vail House
Pittstown, New Jersey

Being an account of antique dealers restoring and decorating a 19th century clapboard house in Western New Jersey.

Web Site: www.thevailhouse.wordpress.com

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House Margaret
Woodbury, New Jersey

An effort to highlight the ups and downs of historic preservation and restoration of the once grand city of Woodbury, NJ and the Colonial and Victorian era houses that make up its many stories.

Web Site: http://preservewoodbury.blogspot.com

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New York

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173 Our Old House
Albany, New York

Chronicling the evolution of Our Old House.

Web Site: 173ouroldhouse.blogspot.com

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Howard Hall Farm
Athens, New York

The restoration stories, images, video clips and a cast of characters surrounding this 220 year old stone Federal-style home on the Hudson River.

Web Site: www.howardhallfarm.com

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Brooklyn Row House
Brooklyn, New York

Renovation of a 1906 Brooklyn row house. Photo diary of renovation, room by room, plus an up to date blog mostly about renovation and construction issues.

Web Site: www.brooklynrowhouse.com/house

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1885 Prospect Hill Renovation, Buffalo
Buffalo, New York

Built in 1885 in one of Buffalo's oldest neighborhoods, this home has lost much exterior character but retains extraordinary fine details inside, including complete set of Eastlake door and window hardware, functioning pocket door, grand front staircase and more. As we continue to reclaim the history of our home and discover new history and treasures, we'll keep you posted!

Web Site: http://1885prospecthill.blogspot.com/

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Fixer-Upper
Canastota, New York

Fixer-Upper is a houseblog journaling a young couple's process of restoring and renovating an 1890's Italianate in rural upstate New York. We share stories, tips, techniques, and lots of photos.

Web Site: http://www.ourfixerupper.com/

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Home Restoration
Castleton, New York

Watch the restoration of this 1883 Shingle Style property using old photos from a previous owner. Lots of before and after photos and how to information. A beautiful Hudson River location.

Web Site: blog.timesunion.com/homerestoration

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Historic-Details.com
New York, New York

Beautiful details from vintage American homes that express the style of a house, with photos of stairs, windows, doors, fireplaces, ceiling ornaments and furnishings. Resources to restore an old house for homeowners, architects and contractors. Historic house museums and walking tours.

Web Site: www.historic-details.com

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Idle Hour
Sullivan County, New York

Follow the return to glory of this awesome upstate NY farmhouse brought to you by two crazy kids with dreams from Queens!

Web Site: idlehourfarmhouse.com

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North Carolina

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Austin Lawrence House
Franklinville , North Carolina

This 163-year-old house has woodwork and moldings made from the Greek Revival classical designs by architect Asher Benjamin (1773 -1845) in his pattern books that were widely circulated in the first half of the 19th Century. After the Austin Lawrence family moved away around 1855, the Cedar Falls Mill Company owned the house and it was rented to various tenants for over 100 years. The history of the house starts with the textile mill development of Randolph County; the founding of Cedar Falls; and the spreading of industrialization from New England to and through the American South.

Web Site: www.co.randolph.nc.us/hlpc/sites.aspx

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The Ordinary House
Hillsborugh, North Carolina

William Reed's Ordinary began life as a tavern or "ordinary" in beautiful, historic Hillsborough, NC

Web Site: theordinaryhouse.com

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Another Historic Salisbury Gem
Salisbury, North Carolina

Welcome and check out Salisbury NC. It's a progressive small city located smack in the middle of NC state where the climate is great. The Arts and Theater are booming and the community has a strong preservation movement that is nationally known! You won't be disappointed in what we have to offer.

Web Site: www.RealEstateSalisbury.net

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The Silliman House Circa 1893
Salisbury, North Carolina

One of Salisbury's fine Victorian style houses.

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PolyCottage
wayne county, North Carolina

We're working on restoring some parts and renovating others. Our house has a lot of additions. From above it looks like three small houses, so we named it the PolyCottage. We're doing most of the work ourselves on nights and weekends, so it's slow going.

Web Site: http://polycottage.blogspot.com

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Ohio

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This cOld House
Dayton, Ohio

I blog about our 85 year old Tudor-bethan. It's a great story as we are only the third owners and when we moved in most of everything was original. It's a challenge to balance budget, aesthetics and history and we walk that tightrope with every decision we make.

Web Site: http://thiscoldhouse.blogspot.com/

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1926 Foursquare
Kettering, Ohio

This is my own old house blog, which chronicles the restoration/revitalization of a 1926 craftsman foursquare style home in Dayton, Ohio.

Web Site: 1926foursquare.blogspot.com

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1914 Foursquare
Lakewood, Ohio

The restoration of a 1914 Craftsman-styled American Foursquare.

Web Site: http://1914foursquare.blogspot.com/

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Oklahoma

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Oklahoma Colonial Revival Restoration
Guthrie, Oklahoma

Young couple restoring this interesting house for fun. First major project on our own, and really excited!

Web Site: davisrenovation.blogspot.com

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Reservoir Hill Restoration
Tulsa, Oklahoma

3 bedroom 1.5 bath bungalow built near downtown Tulsa in the the historic Reservoir Hill area. Follow our blog in this restoration project.

Web Site: http://www.cordrenovation.com/wordpress/

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Oregon

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The F. M. Jack House
Brownsville, Oregon

Restoration of 1893 French Second Empire Victorian weblog in it's first month. Currently listed on houseblogs.net webring.

Web Site: http://fmjackhouse.blogspot.com/

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Even Victorians have a Voice
eugene, Oregon

We bought a run down 1886 Victorian in 1977. located in downtown Eugene, Oregon. It had been hastily converted into apartments right after WW II. We slowly reconverted it back to a single family home, recovering the original floor plan as our resources and historic renovation loans would allow.

Web Site: www.437lawrencest.com

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1885 Gothic Victorian
Lebanon, Oregon

A Gothic Victorian with so many of it's original features.

Web Site: 1885gothicvictorian.blogspot.com

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Rayworth House
Portland, Oregon

Threatened by demolition, the 1890 Rayworth house was saved by moving it 2 miles to a new location. Once securely on a new foundation, the restoration work begins.

Web Site: http://rayworthhouse.wordpress.com

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Laurelhurst Craftsman Restoration
Portland, Oregon

Restoration/remodel of a 1912 Craftsman in the Laurelhurst neighborhood of Portland, Oregon.

Web Site: kidderdragon.blogspot.com

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Just a Girl with a Hammer
Portland, Oregon

I have a 1938 postwar Ranch that had fallen into foreclosure and major disrepair. I'm a librarian who's trying to do almost everything myself.

Web Site: http://justagirlwithahammer.com

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1900 Farmhouse
Portland, Oregon

This simple farmhouse has gone extensive remodeling and changes, not just through it's current owner but other past owners as well. It is a modest home with loads of character and charm.

Web Site: www.1900farmhouse.com

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Pennsylvania

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Setter Run Farm
Bellefonte, Pennsylvania

We chronicle the renovation of a 19th century Pennsylvania limestone farmhouse - whose first inhabitant was a deserter from the Civil War - and the construction of an addition that adds modern living space.

Web Site: http://setterrunfarm.com

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1749 Restoration
Kennett Square, Pennsylvania

Stone farmhouse built in 1749

Web Site: http://1749restoration.blogspot.com/

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Chad's Crooked House
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Chronicling my adventures restoring and updating a quirky old South Philadelphia rowhouse

Web Site: chadscrookedhouse.wordpress.com

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

We're in our late 20's and just bought our first home..."as-is"! We have 3 main goals while renovating:
1. efficiency
2. greenness
3. on budget
We want the house to be as efficient as possible. This includes use of space (goodbye traditional dining room we'll never use) & regulating temperatures (what's the point of have a new heating system done if it's too expensive to actually run all winter?!). Our greenness goal tied to efficiency, but also includes the type of materials we'll choose as we go. We want to make our home as healthy and clean as possible. As far as staying on budget, that's kinda a no-brainer. We want to be able to actually live her and enjoy it when this is all said and done! We've bitten off A LOT more than we anticipated when our house hunt began but something about this house just felt right...

Web Site: www.hammeringourwayhome.com

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Deeter House
Sharpsville, Pennsylvania

Simple Victorian on the top of a hill over looking town. Built before indoor plumbing or electricity was introduced to the general community.

Web Site: robbane.blogspot.com

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Rhode Island

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A Coastal New England Dutch Colonial Home
Tiverton , Rhode Island

Follow our old House Remodel Project with lots of Home Remodel Pictures. A 1930's Dutch Colonial Home in the small New England town of Tiverton, Rhode Island, that is in need of everything. Purchased May 2007.

Web Site: http://coastalthemehome.blogspot.com/

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Tennessee

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Pecan Place
Trenton, Tennessee

1893 Stick/Eastlake design by George F. Barber.

Web Site: http://teapottreasure.blogspot.com/

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Texas

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Ye Olde Money Pit
Greenville, Texas

1920's cottage completely remodeled.

Web Site: Fanninhouse.blogspot.com

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A Sander And A Prayer
Red Oak, Texas

Web Site: http://sanderandprayer.blogspot.com/

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Dog Trot Log Home
Smith County, Texas

Not for Sale: This is a restoration of the original log home that the client’s great-great-grandfather built with his own hands, with the assistance of itinerant crafstmen, when he moved to Texas in 1856. This vintage structure consists of two cabins (pens) separated by an open passageway (dog-run or dogtrot), with a continuous gable roof covering both cabins and the passageway between them. The porch extends across the entire front of the house and, the passage between the two pens, was enclosed by screens. A lean-to shed, was constructed at the rear of each cabin for a kitchen and bathroom. This type of shed was often an addition to these 19th century Texas log homes. The structure was disassembled and moved to the family ranch near Tyler, TX. and was completed in late summer of 2009.

Web Site: chambersarchitects.com/historic-restoration.html

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Utah

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A 1902 Farmhouse Saved
Coalville, Utah

This is a collection of our triumphs and trials as we settle into country life and remodel our 1902 farmhouse. We mix in some uptown furniture with a bunch of rustic odds-n-ends to create a down home feel that is, as Goldilocks says, "Just right".

Web Site: http://upcountryolio.blogspot.com/

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Eclectic Victorian
Ogden, Utah

When both of our parents shook their heads in disbelief we knew it was the right house for us!

Web Site: www.eclecticvictorian.com

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Vermont

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Cheney Farmhouse Restoration
Jamaica, Vermont

Jamaica is a small town of artists and craftsmen nestled in the Green Mountains of Vermont. Watch as we lovingly complete a total restoration of this magnificent farmhouse, originally built in 1880 by a gifted local cabinetmaker.

Web Site: www.cheneyfarmhouse.blogspot.com

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A St. Albans Victorian
St. Albans, Vermont

The renovation and restoration of a turn of the century Queen Anne Shingle Style home in St. Albans, Vermont. The 70s weren't good to many Victorians, including this one! We're doing our best to fix that.

Web Site: http://www.prydein.com/215

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Virginia

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Old Town Home
Alexandria, Virginia

Old Town Home is dedicated to the DIY restoration and renovation adventures of a young couple in an old row home in the Alexandria, VA historic district.

Web Site: http://www.oldtownhome.com

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Old Town Home
Alexandria, Virginia

The restoration story of an 1886 Victorian Row Home and it's DIY owners.

Web Site: http://www.oldtownhome.com

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Hampton Farm
Berryville, Virginia

Federal Style Farmhouse Built approx 1847
Clarke County Virginia Shenandoah Valley
Recently Renovated Old House, and Built Historically Appropriate Timber Frame Ell Addition
Located on 120 acre working family farm

Web Site: www.cochranfarmlife.blogspot.com

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A Farmhouse Reborn
Charlottesville, Virginia

Young couple moves from Washington, DC and takes on the renovation of an 1850 Virginia farmhouse with a baby on the way and no idea what to expect!

Web Site: www.afarmhousereborn.com

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Cochran Farmhouse Virginia
Clarke, Virginia

The renovation and expansion of an 1840's federal style, center hall, stucco farmhouse in the Clarke County, Virginia. Hampton Farm

Web Site: www.cochranfarmlife.blogspot.com

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Gravel Springs Farm
Frederick County, Virginia

An 1836 Shenandoah Valley late Federal style brick farmhouse located in rural Frederick County, Virginia.

Web Site: http://www.gravelspringsfarm.com/

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Eykamp Haus
Portsmouth, Virginia

Our journey trying to run a business, raise a family and restore a 100+ year old American Foursquare!

Web Site: eykamphaus.blogspot.com

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Heavens 2 Betsie
Portsmouth, Virginia

Owner renovation/restoration of a 1900 Queen Anne

Web Site: www.heavens2betsie.com

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Hawthorne House
Richmond , Virginia

This "fairytoon" (a combination of a fairytale and cartoon) journals a couple's restoration of a long neglected Colonial Revival house in the Ginter Park Historic District of Richmond, Virginia....turning a house into a home.

Web Site: www.fairytoon.blogspot.com

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Chronicles of an 1820's Log Cabin
Round Hill, Virginia

In the Spring of 2012, we moved into our log cabin and within days Mr. Hough introduced himself and welcomed us to the community. At 86 years young he resided alone and was still out and about driving his car. He told us he had been born and raised in Loudoun County and has lived in his current home since the 1940?s. He was born in February of 1925 and sadly, passed this last winter in January. In talking with Mr. Hough’s son, Jim, when came to clear the house after his father’s death, we discovered that Jim intended to sell the house. David saw an opportunity to put together a deal that could benefit both Jim Hough and a buyer. Flash forward… good friends of ours decided the property was a wise investment and offered PlanetDwell the job of designing and renovating their new purchase!

Web Site: http://planetdwell.wordpress.com/

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1885 Victorian
Tazewell, Virginia

Join us on our journey to maintain and restore this 128 year-old beauty. Not experts here (at all), just a couple that loves old homes.

Web Site: http://www.1885victorian.com/

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Enon Hall
White Stone, Virginia

The Web's first and longest-running houseblog. A Virginia family restores its ancestral home, in their family from 1762 to 1939 and then returned in 1999.

Web Site: http://www.enonhall.com/

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Washington

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Ballard Fixer
Seattle, Washington

The story of a slightly tilted old house with an elevator and a rockin' view.

Web Site: http://www.ballardfixer.com/

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Charles Brown House
Vancouver, Washington

We have a beautifully restored French Second Empire Home in Vancouver, WA, that is now a law firm. I understand this style of home is very uncommon on the west coast. We have also done extensive genealogical research on the family who built the house.

Web Site: http://www.charlesbrownhouse.com/

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West Virginia

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Owen Tudor Hedges House
Martinsburg, West Virginia

Owen Tudor Hedges House, also known as Fairstone and Cedar Grove, is a historic home located near Hedgesville, Berkeley County, West Virginia. It was built in 1860 and is a two story, five bay, brick Greek Revival style dwelling with a gable roof. It features a one story, full width porch along the front facade, with a hipped roof. Also on the property is a barn (1859), ice house (c. 1870), slave house (c. 1860), outbuilding (c. 1870), two sheds (c. 1870), and a well house / gazebo (c. 1870).

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1994.

Web Site: https://www.facebook.com/owentudorhedges

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Wisconsin

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Peter Nelson Homestead
Gordon, Wisconsin

This 3 bedroom home has been vacant for over 30 years and although in great need of attention, still retains all of it's original charm. Built before running water, it's original outhouse stands proudly in the back yard. The home features a trap door to the root Cellar beneath the Dining Room and a cistern under the kitchen floor. Restoration begins in Spring 2014. For more pics please see our facebook page.

Web Site: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Peter-Nelson-Homestead/223258151172664?ref=stream

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Castle Chaos
Omro, Wisconsin

I am sure the conversation went something like..."We really need a new watchtower. Let's rip off the kitchen roof and build it in the house." Wonderful 1871 farm house with a 7 story poured concrete and steel tower built in 1935. What was I thinking?! Oh yea, I love this place.

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1904 Victorian
Portage, Wisconsin

Our website is a complete story of our 1904 Victorian Home Restoration. We have purchased the house in 2006 and worked on it nearly every day. We are currently in the process of renovating the exterior. On our site you can find our story, remodeling process and all the before and after photos of the exterior and interior.

Web Site: http://www.victorianhomerestoration.com/

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216 Cottage St
Sparta, Wisconsin

We're trying to renovate/restore our 1905 home in Sparta, WI. Watch as we become super geniuses by learning from our mistakes.

Web Site: 216cottagestreet.blogspot.com

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International Listings

Australia

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Fun and VJs
Brisbane, Australia

This blog chronicles the renovations to our Queenslander home in Brisbane, Australia - turning a sow's ear into a silk purse.

Web Site: http://funandvjs.blogspot.com/

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Canada

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Little Blue House
Atlin, Canada

The Little Blue House was built during the Gold Rush of 1898. It was moved from Discovery, now a ghost town, to its current location around 1920. A young family has recently purchased the tiny Victorian house and is planning to restore it.

Web Site: http://littlebluehouse1898.blogspot.ca

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Canada

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jenny on argyle
Carleton Place, Canada

Just day to day goings on on Argyle Street. An old house in an old town, a big garden, two parents, three kids, a dog, family, friends, school, jobs, you know....

Web Site: http://jennyonargyle-jenny.blogspot.com/

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Canada

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My 1923 Foursquare
Cornwall, Canada

This poor house has suffered through some pretty careless tenants, horribly DIY renovations and repairs, yet it still retains a decent amount of original charm. Follow along as I try to undo the damage, and add the charm it has lost over the years.

Web Site: http://my1923foursquare.blogspot.com/

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Canada

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Canadian Foursquare Farmhouse
Keswick Ridge, Canada

Old Farmhouse in the Maritime Provinces of Canada. Not fancy, just solid!

Web Site: http://sharpegary.tumblr.com/

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Canada

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Circa 1887
Oshawa, Canada

This a a blog showing some of the work we have done on our old home.

Web Site: http://circa1887.blogspot.com/

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Crowder House
Spencerville, Canada

Welcome to Crowder House – the beloved rural home of two newly relocated city dwellers. We – the Resident and her Man – have been blogging here since taking possession of a power-of-sale property. Our objective is to entertain and inform, enabling you, the Reader, to learn and laugh from our own adventures.

Crowder House is also the centre of a burgeoning cottage industry aimed at helping small businesses market their wares through social media. As we develop, this blog will grow too, covering all of the different things we’re doing out at Crowder House.

Web Site: www.crowderhouse.com

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Canada

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Kensington Bungalow
Vancouver, Canada

One old neglected bungalow, two kids, a cranky cat, and us. Our quest to bring new life to this old house.

Web Site: http://kensingtonbungalow.blogspot.com/

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Estonia

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Estonia: old wooden house in Marta street
Tallinn, Estonia

Restoration of an old 1901 built wooden house. Soon it will be a vintage style Bed & Breakfast. In the house will be a small cosy French style cafe and country-style decoration shop.

Web Site: http://www.vintagehostel.blogspot.com

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the meaden project
Cambridgeshire, Great Britain

The ups and downs of restoring a very old building, UK style ;)

Web Site: www.themeadenproject.wordpress.com

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The Kenwyn Project
Torquay, Great Britain

First time renovation and its hilarious consequences

Web Site: thekenwynproject.wordpress.com

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Italy

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Dream life of mine
Ofena, Italy

In 2011 I bought my first house - it was more ruin than house and was located in Abruzzo Italy. In Italy sometimes planning takes longer than the building work!

Web Site: http://www.dreamlifeofmine.com/

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New Zealand

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The Woolshed
Takaka, New Zealand

Woolshed being converted to a B&B

Web Site: www.woolie1.com

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Scotland

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Our Victorian House
Kircaldy, Scotland

A photographic virtual tour of a 1879 traditional Scottish Victorian House being restored. Contains 100s of before and after pictures, details of projects and restoration techniques as well as a history of the house and a good collection of useful links.

Web Site: http://www.victorian-house.com/

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South Africa

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De Oude Huize Yard
Harrismith, South Africa

Our house was built during the proclamation of our town Harrismith. Harrismith is situated in the Free State in South Africa

Web Site: http://deoudehuize.blogspot.com/2011/03/renovating-de-oude-huize-from-2000.html

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