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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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HardieTM Architectural Trim— Horizontal Z Flashing Trim and HardieTM Architectural Trim— Low-Profile Outside Corner Trim.

Outdoor Details

Traditional building materials and products for the period home.

Aeratis Porch Products creates or replicates products from the early 1800s. The company plans to release a new system of pergola products this summer. Photo by Aeratis Porch Products

Perfect Porches

We visit with manufacturers who make traditional and classical porch components.

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.

Buying Guide Spotlight


Crown Point Cabinetry

Custom fabricator of handcrafted, period-style cabinetry for kitchens, baths & other rooms: Arts & Crafts, Shaker, Victorian, Early American & contemporary styles; available nationwide.