Selecting Doors for your Historic Home

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One frequently neglected step when restoring a historic home is the selection of millwork that is appropriate for the building’s age and style.  This includes interior and exterior doors, which are often hastily chosen after thumbing through a catalog or browsing in a showroom.  Few salespeople in home centers or millwork outlets know the differences […]

Making Molding the Old Fashioned Way

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I am occasionally asked how molding such as window casing or base was produced during the 19th century. The answer depends on when and where.  By the middle of the 19th century steam and water powered mills were producing most millwork, including casing, base, cornices, spindles, doors and windows. However, in some remote areas many continued to […]

Maintenance Plans and Reports for Historic Homes and Businesses

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Is your Victorian-era storefront or Queen Anne home looking a little worse for the wear?  Help is one the way! Historic Design Consulting is very happy to announce a new  service for owners of historic homes and businesses: Maintenance plans and reports. As historic buildings age they present special challenges to their owners. Exposure to the elements and years of […]