Jerry Lucianovic bought his 1895 farmhouse eight years ago because it has a sturdy, dry, stone foundation and solid bones. "It's all straight and good, with chestnut woodwork, which you don't see anymore," he says. On the interior, he hasn't had to do much more than paint. The exterior has always been white, but he would like to paint it in a way that highlights the architectural details. "You don't even see the fish scales now because it all blends," he says.