Historical Interiors of Alberta

Learn How to Restore, Decorate & Preserve Your Historic Home This book is a valuable resource to help you understand how historic interiors were designed. By knowing about the social norms and how interior space functioned at that time it is easier to bring back the historic feel to your home yet maintain modern conveniences. While historic exteriors are the public face of our architectural resources, … Continue reading Historical Interiors of Alberta

Original millwork is an important aspect of authentic interiors.

Authentic Millwork is Important

It’s ok to boast about the authentic millwork in your heritage home. After all, it’s one of the things that make such a house special. Trying to replace missing original millwork, however, has the power to make a grown person cry from the frustration of finding the proper profile, the appropriate wood, and finally, finding the money to pay for it. If you’ve been to … Continue reading Authentic Millwork is Important

Authentic details such as the fireplace and windows give this historic entrance great appeal.

Keeping Authenticity Alive in a Heritage Home 1

Living in a heritage home typically presents more challenges than living in one that is relatively new. Although all houses require maintenance, regardless of their age, there are special considerations when one owns an older home, especially a heritage home. One of these is how to keep the interior authentic, if not in actuality, at least in feeling. So where would you start? I get … Continue reading Keeping Authenticity Alive in a Heritage Home 1

The entrance foyer to our 1912 four-square house with its new paint.

Restoring an Entrance Hall

I believe that owning an old house takes a special kind of person. A person that doesn’t expect perfection such as smooth walls, perfectly level floors and windows that open properly. Many owners respect the character of their old house and don’t feel the need to replace lathe and plaster walls with drywall just so that it looks better. There are times, however, that decisions … Continue reading Restoring an Entrance Hall