Read­ers’ votes & edi­tors’ picks

Old House Journal - - From The Editor -

In this is­sue, see our restora­tion award winners: A San Fran­cisco Vic­to­rian cot­tage of mod­est size, dec­o­rated in fine style and with a base­ment mas­ter suite straight out of the 1870s. And a 1932 Sto­ry­book Tu­dor, beau­ti­fully de­tailed and just a lit­tle bit ec­cen­tric, the home of a restora­tion con­sul­tant whose clients’ homes have ap­peared in these pages. This spe­cial year-end is­sue was put to­gether in­ter­ac­tively with read­ers, whose Face­book “likes” and com­ments weigh into what’s fea­tured. A jury of edi­tors and con­trib­u­tors pre-se­lected three projects in two cat­e­gories: Best Home­owner Restora­tion and Best Restora­tion by a De­signer. Then we posted mul­ti­ple pho­tos of each house on Face­book for a pop­u­lar vote. The fea­ture in our Re­store sec­tion is a kind of sum­mary of dos and don’ts, pars­ing out what should (gen­er­ally) be saved, re­paired, or re­placed dur­ing a typ­i­cal ren­o­va­tion. We think it’s a novel way to of­fer a re­view of preser­va­tion stan­dards. The De­sign sec­tion fea­ture is about cre­at­ing and stay­ing on bud­get dur­ing a kitchen or bath­room re­mod­el­ing. Our con­cen­tra­tion is on cab­i­nets and other big-ticket items, but through­out we talk about the need to save in or­der to splurge! Next, we ju­ried kitchens and bath­rooms pub­lished over the years, again putting them to a pub­lic vote. Re­spon­dents picked a sur­pris­ingly old-fash­ioned kitchen, with sim­ple lines and warm color be­fit­ting a colo­nial or coun­try house, as well as a stan­dard three-fix­ture bath­room that would be equally at home in a Vic­to­ri­anor Crafts­man-era house. The edi­tors chose their own Fa­vorite Things for that ex­panded por­tion of the mag­a­zine, or­ga­niz­ing great finds by style and era. My thanks to ed­i­tor Mary Ellen Pol­son for her dili­gence and good eye for de­sign.

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