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Our experts look at the materials and techniques for a variety of exterior design and building elements, including roofing, gutters, outbuildings, siding, porches, columns, and more. 

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cupola historic building

Cupolas: The Jewel in the Crown

Period-style cupolas are an excellent choice for homeowners seeking accessories that return their houses to yesteryear.

Architect Sandra Vitzthum uses classical details for a Greek Revival porch in Connecticut.

The Classical Porch

The practical sides of these historically inspired structures.

shutter hardware

The Short Course on Shutter Hardware

Learn more about classic working shutter hardware, both historic and updated, and the window construction issues they’re designed to address.

oak leaf conservatory

Not Your Grandma's Greenhouse: Today's Conservatories

No longer just for growing plants, today's conservatories rank among the most innovative and adaptable building types ever created.

Buying Guide Spotlight



Marvin is a manufacturer of wood windows and doors that creates products inspired by how people live. They have a variety of product lines that carry over 11,000 standard sizes as well as custom shapes and sizes, and specializes in historic rehabilitation.