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Old House History

Conrad Neuf
Jul
10
2013
Preservationists have come up with a way to save Winchester, Va.'s historic Taylor Hotel. Learn how they plan to convert it to usable space.
Conrad Neuf
Sep
26
2012
Tours of old houses and fall festivals are fun activities for crisp autumn weekends. Find out about October tours around the U.S.
Aug
17
2012

Ever since humans decided that a hut and a veg garden were preferable to nomadic hunting and gathering, we’ve struggled with a problem we have yet to solve - where do we put the poop? The fundamental design of the toilet and the sewage infrastructure haven’t changed much since the Dukes of Dookie cleaned up the Thames. But, with 7 billion people on the planet and 2.6 billion with no access to toilets, somethings got to give.


Matt Grocoff
May
29
2012
In Part 2, we saw how we used to build homes that recognized the patterns of nature to provide us comfort and happiness. Many preservationists like to talk about how “old homes are the greenest homes.” But sadly, the impact our homes have had on the planet over the last century and a half has been devastating to the biosphere upon which all life depends.
Matt Grocoff
May
28
2012
Many preservationists proudly assert that “old homes are the greenest homes.” While old homes start with an embodied energy advantage over even “green” new homes, the energy used to operate them quickly burns any historical savings unless the structures undergo deep energy retrofits.