NEW Old House Kits in Development

(6/26/2014) We've made our house plan selection and think the small house plans we've chosen will work for a variety of purposes: small and tiny house lovers, auxillary housing like mother-in-law or apartment units, or creating a weekend getaway where small and easy are the two main goals.

They include:

You will be able to order plans or kits. We're still in the design stage, so there are many details to work out, but we hope to have plans complete for the fall home and garden shows.

Summer Cover Image

The new image shown above (left) is from the 1918 Delineator magazine and featured Bozart Rugs. The periwinkle and yellow color scheme and creamy white trim reflects the bright new day dawning as WWI came finally to its close.

Tip Jar: If you like Antique Home Style and want to support our ongoing publications, we could use the help! Thanks!

Donate what you wish!

I'm collecting new bedroom images from the Teens to publish in a new gallery this summer. One reader, Joni V. of New York, contributed directly to the gallery and wrote the following kind words:

"Rikki was more helpful in our bathroom renovation that our NKBA Certified Bath Designer!"

If you have a project you're working on and would like some design inspiration, let me know. If you'd like to contribute to the Tip Jar, it would be very much appreciated!

In the News

(2/11/2014) Over the years I've enjoyed reading articles on "new" old houses. Given the number of readers on AHS who have taken the time to inquire about building a home based on one of the plans published here, there seems to be a very healthy interest in creating a home based on vintage designs but with modern amenities. In some ways, it can be the best of both worlds. Here's a recent article from the Wall Street Journalyou might find interesting.

Gallery of 1920s Winter Illustrations ... Finally!

Just up is a brand new gallery of selected winter images from the late Teens and 1920s. We have more images and will be adding them now that the template is stable.

All of our images are available as hi-res files for your printing pleasure ... at a very modest cost. All images are scanned at high resolution from original sources. We've done the work, including restoration when necessary. Each individual image is available in its original size at 300 dpi for as little as $3.95 each. Email us for information.

New Year, New Design

(1/16/14) Antique Home Style is getting a new look in the next few weeks. We'll have a cleaner design and page layout to accommodate the variety of content we are publishing. It's been several years and it's time. As with most remodeling projects, as long as everything is torn up, we'll be shifting to a more responsive design so you can view pages more easily on your tablet or phone. Feel free to weigh in with what you'd like to see.

Book Review

Finnish Log Construction

Unheralded and self-published, Finnish Log Construction—The Art, is a small 105-page book that contains the collected knowledge and wisdom of long-time preservationist, Frank Eld of Long Valley, Idaho. It's a paperback book with dozens of color pictures, descriptive illustrations, and history of the art and craftsmanship of Finnish log house architecture. We were doing some research on a local log house, never suspecting its deep historical foundation in both Scandinavian and American history.

It's a handcrafted book with heart and love for these old houses on every page. We love it and think you might find it interesting, too! More ...

Rustic Style — 1900 to 1960

One home style that was always on the radar and continues to be popular with a small group of home builders is the rustic style, most frequently expressed now as a log home. From 1900 to 1960, rustic, artistic, small houses were built at the beach and in the mountains as getaways and summer homes. More ...

Interested in more vintage house plans?

See dozens more at Bungalow Home Style with its focus on just bungalows. Is modern your style? Check out the plans at Mid Century Home Style.

Maybe you just want small ... new or old. Reducing your footprint and minimizing your lifestyle can have far reaching benefits. Small House Living is about living better with less.

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