Traditional Homes 174 Ideabooks

Tom and Nancy Aldinger were happy homeowners living in Dallas with no intention of moving. Then one day in April 2006, a luxury real estate magazine crossed Nancy's desk that changed everything. "Once Tom saw the ad for this house, it was a done deal," Nancy says. "We took a look at the property and made an offer the next...
Restoration Rallies a 1790 Stone Springhouse
Preservationists, rejoice. This 18th-century springhouse once appeared dilapidated beyond repair, but it has been restored to its former glory, thanks to the homeowners, the architects at Peter...
Houzz Tour: An 1850s Ancestral Home in Texas Rises Again
In 1981 a woman and her husband cruised by the historic plantation her family had owned for generations. She had heard many stories from her grandmother about the Central Texas home her family had lost during the Great Depression, and after seeing it,...
Houzz Tour: Lovingly Resurrecting a Historic Queen Anne
Interior designer Carl Mattison and his husband and business partner Rob Smith have lived in the historic downtown Atlanta neighborhood of Grant Park for about 13 years. It’s walking distance to the famed Atlanta Zoo, the city’s oldest...
History Gets a New Spin on a Victorian Facade
You see it everywhere in San Francisco: Victorian homes that have been stripped of their ornamentation and covered with stucco or (worst-case scenario) asphalt shingles. They call to mind a poorly done facelift on an aging movie star: All the character...
Houzz Tour: Picture-Perfect Simplicity
Three years ago Michelle Pattee was looking at the property tax documents for her 4-acre spread in Sebastopol, a tiny farming community in Northern California. She and her husband, Bill Albright, had put a lot of sweat equity into the 1904 farmhouse,...
My Houzz: Refined Comfort on a Florida Island
Brooke and Greg Kadet were drawn to the high ceilings, updated kitchen and spacious layout of their two-story Florida home. “Greg and I both love white cabinetry and granite, and the original owners had just recently put in a brand-new kitchen...
My Houzz: Goodwill and Good Taste in a Grand Colonial
Jim and Robin Buhrer wanted to be closer to the center of their historic Massachusetts town. In May 2010 Jim found what they were looking for: a stately 1906 home in need of repair. The house wasn’t for sale, but Jim, owner of Refined...
My Houzz: Collective Panache for an 1890s Home
“It feels warm to me,” says Karen Etingin of her 1894 home in Montreal. Owner of the vintage poster gallery L’Affichiste, Etingin returned to Montreal...
Houzz Tour: Recalling the Pilgrims in a 350-Year-Old Home
Doug Towle likes to call it the evening that changed his life. The New Hampshire native was fresh out of grad school when some acquaintances invited him to visit their home, a 1793 tavern that had been converted into a house. Towle was no stranger...
Major Remodel: Restoring a Queen Anne to Glory
After a series of unfortunate remodels during the 1970s, some of the original splendor of this Victorian-era house had lost its luster. “The goal of the remodel was to restore the original Queen...
My Houzz: Tradition and Romance Live On at an 1875 Estate
Patty Mouhtouris describes her husband, Roger Keys, as a nomadic wanderer who doesn’t stay in one place for long. This was never more true than the day he returned home from a business trip to the Southern Highlands of New South Wales,...
My Houzz: Once a Rebel Capitol, Now a Storied Home
The year was 1810, and the United States was deep in negotiations with Spain over the ownership of a region above New Orleans known as West Florida. American settlers, tired of Spanish rule, staged a brief rebellion and established the short-lived,...
Houzz Tour: Movie Inspiration for a Texas Guesthouse
It’s no surprise these homeowners have comfortably nestled into their guesthouse, as one major inspiration for the home was the cozy English cottage Kate Winslet’s character owned in The Holiday. Their plan was to build the guesthouse in the...
Houzz Tour: New Life for a Historic Mill House
In the mid-1700s, this home sat next to a working mill and served as the manager’s residence. Modestly sized, the log structure had two rooms downstairs and a bedroom upstairs, a central chimney and a gambrel roof. Fast-forward about 250 years: New...
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