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Classic Old House Movies.

Resource No. 545

The Amityville Horror (1979)

Supposed true story about George and Kathleen Lutzm whose dream house turns into a nightmare. James Brolin and Margot Kidder are the unsuspecting new tenants of a house whose previous occupants had been murdered in their sleep. The Lutzes and their children are menaced by the lingering evil in this ... frightening ghost story.

Resource No. 531


An eight-year-old boy discovers a family of tiny people, only a few inches tall, living beneath the floorboards of a Victorian country home.

Resource No. 557

Field of Dreams

“If you build it, he will come.” With these words, Iowa farmer Ray Kinsella (Kevin Costner) is inspired by a voice he can't ignore to pursue a dream he can hardly believe.

Resource No. 537

Gaslight (1940)

Beautiful and trusting, Paula Anton is slowly tormented by mysterious happenings in her luxurious Victorian home. The suspect is her devoted husband.

Resource No. 605

House on Haunted Hill (1959)

The sinister Price invites his enemies to spend the night in his decaying, old, creepy mansion with a violent past. He offers them $10,000 each if they can spend the whole night there. He gives each one a tiny coffin with a gun enclosed and then comes up with all sorts of devices to cause them to use the guns on each other.

Resource No. 558

It's a Wonderful Life

Ruined by a miser on Christmas Eve, a suicidal family man sees life anew thanks to his guardian angel.

Resource No. 521

Money Pit

Tom Hanks and Shelley Long buy their dream home, but life soon becomes a nightmare as their shabby mansion falls apart around them in this comedy from executive producer Steven Spielberg.

Resource No. 564

Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House

Cary Grant and Myna Loy star in this classic screwball comedy about a big city executive who wants to find a simpler life in the country when Mr. Blandings Builds his Dream House.

Resource No. 544

The Old Dark House

Weary travelers find shelter in a mysterious Welsh manor in this definitive "Old Dark House" thriller and cult movie favorite by horror pioneer James Whale.

Resource No. 666

War of The Roses

In this blackest of comedies, a perfect 18-year marriage suddenly becomes unglued and the gleefully evil Barbara (Kathleen Turner) and Oliver (Michael Douglas) Rose single-mindedly inflict as much misery as possible on each other. Rather than just get divorced, they declare war, fighting to the bitter end over their huge mansion and every possession in it.

Home Improvement Videos.

Resource No. 532

American Rehab: Charleston, Country Victorian

Houdini of Homes, Trent Fasnacht, transforms the most neglected homes.

Resource No. 524

Bathroom Tile Installation

In this DVD you will learn the essential skills which will aide you in your Bathroom Tile Renovation Project. Our easy to follow steps have been put into exact order with extreme detail to make your project go easy and quickly. We will discuss material quantities, removal of existing tile, floor/wall preparation, basic tile layout, tile installation, and finally we explain the cuts necessary to complete your installation

Resource No. 526

Bathrooms - Planning and Installation (VHS VIDEO)

(VHS VIDEO) Steps covered in this video include: 1) Designing a bathroom and selecting products. 2) Tearing out old elements. 3) Framing new elements. 4) Roughing in mechanical systems. 5) Installing drywall. 6) Installing cabinets and countertops. 7) Installing ceramic tile and vinyl. 8) Installing plumbing fixtures. 9) Updating the bathroom with a "facelift". Use the handy on-screen index to quickly find the information you need.

Resource No. 522

Best of Ask This Old House: 44 Common Household

Need help with a project around your house? The experts at ASK THIS OLD HOUSE are ready to lend a hand. We'll show you how to tackle many common household projects. Each project includes clear, step-by-step guidance from contractors with years of job experience. You'll learn basic home improvement skills and the tricks-of-the trade that will give you the knowledge and confidence to complete any project successfully.

Resource No. 523

Fixer Upper

Homebuyers choose and renovate a fixer upper with help from HGTV experts.

Resource No. 525

Kitchen Tile Installation

In this video, our experts will explain all the necessary techniques,step,tools, and explain a few tricks, that will allow the installation of that new kitchen floor or backsplash to go smooth and easy.

Resource No. 533

Love It or List It: Flooded with Problems

Will they love their newly renovated home, or will they list it to buy another?

Resource No. 599

Rehab Addict Season 1

Nicole Curtis discovers historic houses and brings them back to life.

Resource No. 538

Renovation Nation

The "greening of America" continues one home at a time, as Emmy Award winning host Steve Thomas takes us into the exciting world of Green Homes on the new season of Renovation Nation. Once again, Steve visits renovation sites across the country and meets eco-sensitive homeowners who are making the choice to be environmentally aware.

Resource No. 559

This Old House: Home Improvement Video

Follow Bob Vila and Norm Abram of the original Emmy Award-winning series as they lead you step by step through 14 all-new do-it-yourself projects.

Resource No. 539

Victorian Reborn

By the early twenty-first century, the once magnificent 1891 Queen Anne style McCubbins-McCanless House in Salisbury, North Carolina, had fallen into a state of neglect and disrepair. In an effort to save this remarkable piece of architecture, HISTORY(TM) teamed up with hardware giant Lowe's(R) and the Historic Salisbury Foundation to perform a full-scale restoration of the home.

Magazines for Old House Lovers.

Resource No. 1029

American Bungalow

A magazine published in the interest of preserving and restoring the modest American 20th century home, the bungalow, and the rich lifestyle it affords.

Resource No. 1024

Garden and Gun

Garden & Gun is a high-end Southern lifestyle magazine. Its lush photography and award-winning editorial delivers a unique view of art & culture, sporting activities, food & fine dining and travel destinations throughout the South.

Resource No. 1026

Old House Journal

The editorial focus of this magazine is on restoring, maintaining and decorating homes built before 1950. The magazine provides practical, step-by-step articles on rehabilitation, preservation and restoration for both professionals and knowledgeable homeowners.

Resource No. 1028

Southern Living

Home improvement, decorating, entertaining, cooking, and travel -- and of course, our signature recipes!

Resource No. 1027

This Old House

This Old House brings yesterday's craftsmanship, tomorrow's ideas, and today's living all under one roof.

Resource No. 1030

Victorian Homes

Covers Victorian decorative arts and lifestyles of the Victorian and Edwardian eras. Provides ideas, inspiration and information on how architecture and designs can be adapted and made relevant to today's living.

Old House Books.

Resource No. 575

100 Things Every Homeowner Must Know: How to Save Money, Solve Problems and Improve Your Home

Editors Of Family Handyman

The Family Handyman’s 100 Things Every Homeowner Must Know gives you the knowledge you need to be a better homeowner. You’ll make informed decisions, avoid frustrations and save thousands over the life of your home.

Resource No. 586

Best Weekend Projects: Quick-and-Simple Ideas to Improve Your Home and Yard

Editors of The Family Handyman

Choose from 80 unique ideas to create an extraordinary living space. The projects are practical, as well as attractive, and will enhance your home and yard?and can be made in a weekend.

Resource No. 583

Black & Decker The Complete Guide to Bathrooms, Updated 4th Edition: Design * Update * Remodel * Improve * Do It Yourself

Editors of Cool Springs Press

From inspiration to design advice with crystal-clear how-to instructions, BLACK + DECKER Complete Guide to Bathrooms is the only book you need to achieve the bathroom of your dreams.

Resource No. 576

The Complete Do-it-Yourself Manual Newly Updated

Editors of Family Handyman

The leading manual for home improvements is getting an update to address current codes, latest materials, tools and technology.

Resource No. 659

Country Cottage Conservation: A Guide to Maintenance and Repair

Bevis Claxton

Essential for everyone who loves country cottages, this definitive study outlines all necessary home improvement procedures—from simple do-it-yourself redecoration to employing architects and builders to tackle significant repairs. The author explains how cottage owners are able to protect and enhance their investments, and various repair and redecoration options as well as their consequences are also discussed.

Resource No. 664

The Fixtures and Fittings of Period Houses, 1714 - 1939

Janet Collings

Building features and materials are being lost or replaced on older houses at an alarming rate. The appearance of this book is, therefore, most welcome for it enables the reader to identify original features and materials that have been used on houses from the Georgian period, through the Victorian and Edwardian periods and up until 1939—a period when building techniques and architectural styles changed significantly.

Resource No. 568

How Your House Works: A Visual Guide to Understanding and Maintaining Your Home, Updated and Expanded

Charlie Wing

How Your House Works, Second Edition reinforces the fact that it pays to be an informed consumer.

Resource No. 580

Let's Repair the House: How to repair and improve the home

Alberlin Torres

Let’s repair the House, this is another practical book very useful in making everyday repairs at home, many people do not know how to do them in an easy and fun at the same time as a professional, save money and time, keep your house beautiful.

Resource No. 571

Love the House You're In: 40 Ways to Improve Your Home and Change Your Life

Paige Rien

Stop hating your house and start adoring it—40 steps to make your home express who you are and work for how you really live.

Resource No. 663

Maintaining and Repairing Old Houses: A Guide to Conservation, Sustainability and Economy

Bevis Claxton

Repairing, even just painting, an old house with some of today's conventional building materials could begin processes leading to decay, or bring about changes that erode interest and value. This book introduces kinder alternatives, including traditional and sustainable repair methods and philosophies that can also preserve the character and fabric of the smallest old house and which need not cost the earth.

Resource No. 1013

Save America's Windows

John Leeke

Covers traditional methods and the latest in modern high-tech materials and techniques for wood window repairs and maintenance. Learn how to avoid falling under the spell of the window replacement salesman. This is the alternative to vinyl replacement windows.

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Old House Documentaries.

Resource No. 556

10 Buildings That Changed America

10 Buildings That Changed America tells the stories of ten influential works of architecture, the people who imagined them, and the way these landmarks ushered in innovative cultural shifts throughout our society

Resource No. 551

America's Castles - California Dreamers: The Winchester Mystery House and Scotty's Castle

Not surprisingly two of the most America's most unusual mansions are in California. Visit the Winchester House and Scotty's Castle in this mysterious AMERICA'S CASTLES.

Resource No. 536

America's Castles: The Victorian Era - The Mark Twain House, Glessner House & Glenmont - Thomas Edison's Home

AMERICA'S CASTLES visits some of these landmark homes, including Mark Twain's Nook Farm, who said of his mansion ""I was born modest, but it wore off."

Resource No. 553

America's National Parks: A Video Tour of All 55 National Parks

Visit all 55 American National Parks and see why each is treasured as an irreplaceable part of our national legacy. From Alaska and Hawaii to Florida and Maine, this unique collection celebrates the protected wilderness areas and the amazing recreational opportunities offered by our national parks.

Resource No. 596

Architectures (Vol. 1-5) - 5-DVD Box Set

Santiago Calatrava

A very good presentation of classic modern buildings around the world.

Resource No. 548

Great Monuments of Washington D.C.- The History Channel

THE HISTORY CHANNEL-® reveals the stories behind these magnificent structures illuminating the secrets beneath their flawless fa+§ades. WAR MEMORIALS: From the unforgettable vision of Arlington Cemetery to the controversy that nearly derailed the Vietnam Veterans Memorial this program examines the nation's legendary war monuments and the heroes who inspired them. DVD Features: Interactive Menus; Scene Selection

Resource No. 550

Haunted History: Washington D.C.

HAUNTED HISTORY investigates the supernatural side of Washington D.C., bringing to life both the town s stirring history as well as the ghosts who are thought to haunt it . Meet some of the city s most famous phantom residents such as Dolly Madison and Abe Lincoln and hear accounts from those who claim to have witnessed them first-hand.

Resource No. 552

The Homes of Frank Lloyd Wright

From Fallingwater to the Guggenheim Museum, Frank Lloyd Wright created some of the most celebrated designs in history.

Resource No. 549

Inside the White House

Step inside the imposing gates of the White House for a revealing visit to the most famous, yet mysterious building in America. Discover the human side of this legendary house in candid interviews with presidents and first ladies, and peek inside the families' rarely-seen private living quarters. Follow along as a small army of employees whirls behind the scenes in a frenzy of activity surrounding a major state dinner.

Resource No. 555

Louis Sullivan: The Struggle for American Architecture

The first feature-length documentary about the revolutionary and brilliant Chicago architect Louis Sullivan (1856-1924). Known by historians as the 'father of the skyscraper' and creator of the iconic phrase 'form follows function,' Sullivan was on top of his profession in 1890.

Resource No. 554

Queen of the South: New Orleans in the 1850s

Explores a golden age in New Orleans history, by featuring contemporary video footage, archival images, interviews with historians, architects, and authors, narrated with excerpts from the journal of Thomas K. Wharton, superintendent of construction for the New Orleans Custom House during the era of the 1850s.

Resource No. 597

Riddles in Stone: The Secret Architecture of Washington D.C.

Explore the fascinating history behind the origins and focus of the world's most powerful nation: America. What is the meaning of the seemingly countless occult images in America's capitol?

Old House Novels.

Resource No. 574

Diane Keaton: House

Diane Keaton

A luxurious, graphically compelling vision for contemporary domestic living, as observed and artfully presented by the Oscar-winning film star. House is Diane Keaton’s stunning portrayal of the way we may and do live now, in rusticated, reimagined, or repurposed spaces across the country.

Resource No. 566


Tracy Kidder

Tracy Kidder takes readers to the heart of the American Dream: the building of a family's first house with all its day-to-day frustrations, crises, tensions, challenges, and triumphs.

Resource No. 569

The Kitchen House: A Novel

Kathleen Grissom

In this gripping New York Times bestseller, Kathleen Grissom brings to life a thriving plantation in Virginia in the decades before the Civil War, where a dark secret threatens to expose the best and worst in everyone tied to the estate.

Resource No. 565

Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House

The classic tale of leaving the city and building a house in the country, only to find country life isn't so simple. But it is hilarious.

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