August 2014

House Crush: The Justus Humiston House

by Leona Jaeger One of the many things I love about old houses is what they can teach you -- what they can help you imagine. My latest house crush has me imagining all sorts of things about life in 1769! If you love early American homes as much as I do, you're about to fall head-over-heels in love with the Justus Humiston House -- for sale on CIRCA!  ...

What is a State Historic Preservation Office?

by Jon Valalik (photo of the Leander Reeve Stone House in Hampton, IA by Ann Sullivan-Larson) If you own an historic home, the State Historic Preservation Office might turn out to be your new best friend! Read all about it in this week's edition of Old House 101.   The State Historic Preservation Office’s main purpose is to survey, document and nominate historic properties for the National Register...

10 Houses Under $50,000: August 2014 Edition

by Elizabeth Finkelstein The August round-up of 10 Houses Under $50,000 has me yearning for the return of fall -- I sure would LOVE to make use of some of these fireplaces! If you love fancy-pants woodwork and some teatime porches, you'll have yourself a blast looking through the guilt-free houses below. Just make sure to send CIRCA your renovation photos once you've snatched up your favorite!   This...

Antique Finds For Your Vintage Farmhouse

by Lauren Spinelli Welcome to our new column Lauren's Picks, in which antiques lover Lauren Spinelli travels the globe (and the Internet!) hand-selecting her favorite vintage finds. This week we've got all the goods you'll need to deck out your vintage farmhouse!   Relax and let the sweet breeze blow, because today I’m beautifying a classic, old farmhouse. With simplicity and affordability in mind,...

Five Crucial Tips for Surviving a Fixer-Upper

by Candice Whitlow (photo above: Candi's very own fixer-upper!) So, you’ve bought a fixer upper? Congratulations! Like me, you have an eye for the beauty that is hiding beneath the rough surface. You can see that underneath the overgrown landscape, the paint-blistered siding, and the collapsed front porch is a showstopper of a home! Through all the haunted house qualities you picture a manicured yard...

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