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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,...
My Houzz: A 1904 Georgian Colonial Gets a Personal Stamp
In 2000 Michelle Pettigrew and Jerry Kaplan bought one of the oldest properties in Hillsborough, California: a Georgian colonial–style house built in 1904. Pettigrew had loved the home from afar, and when it came on the market, the couple knew they...
Houzz Tour: Respectfully Updating a 1929 Farmhouse
Sometimes it pays to be part of the local grapevine. Interior designer Heide Hendricks was having a meal with some friends when she heard a rumor that a farmhouse surrounded by idyllic...
Houzz Tour: Breezy and Fuss Free in Cape Cod
“This couple is all about kids and family time, and they simply wanted a great place to hang out,” says interior designer Kelly McGuill. Her clients were ready to open the dark...
Houzz Tour: From Shocker to Stunner in Houston
Many people have a general area or neighborhood in mind when searching for a home. But Houston engineers Brie and Scott Kelman knew exactly which street they wanted to live on. And they didn’t care how long...
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...
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