9 Old-House Trends YOU Want to Bring Back
Readers' choice! Once-popular house features TOH fans would like to see become mainstays again
Our editors aren't the only ones who long for classic home design features of yesteryear. Over on our Facebook page, we recently asked for your input on which old-house trends you would like to bring back. It is clear that many of you are nostalgic not only for historical details but also the practical purposes they serve. Read on for the top nine This Old House fan favorites.
See which 16 old-house features the TOH staff picked as their favorites to bring back.
"Pantries that are big enough to be functional, but do not look like it from the outside." –Dan S., from Facebook
"My wife would love a traditional walk-in pantry to be a basic requirement for any new house that gets built." –Pat R., from Facebook
Make your own pantry shelves more functional and attractive with 12 genius storage products we love.
"Openings with double pocket doors between rooms instead of open floor plans. Modern homes have no way to block off noise or the mess of the family room from formal areas." –Beth, from Facebook
"I liked the episode of New Yankee Workshop when Norm showed us the different styles of picket fences. We have the flame-style picket around the backyard of our 21st-century-style house." -Curt H., from Facebook
Add this popular yard enclosure with help from our step-by-step instructions on how to install a picket fence.
"Wraparound porches, so windows can remain open when it rains." –Frank G., from Facebook
"Porches that can sit more than two people at a time." –Charles L., from Facebook
Many of you also wanted porch swings on front porches. See our instructions on how to hang one.
"A summer kitchen to me and other 'old folks' is an entire kitchen separated from the house by a breezeway, so the cooking heat stays out of the main house. It was particularly useful when only wood cookstoves were used (I'm not quite that old!) but when I cook in the summer, the AC runs a lot more." –Carol M., from Facebook
Want to cook outside of your kitchen in warmer weather? Read our pro planning tips before you put in an outdoor kitchen.
"I would love a fold-into-the-wall ironing board! Yes, I still iron, not a lot, but it's a pain to drag out the board and set it up." –Nancy B. from Facebook
Get the look by making a shutter-door ironing cabinet for your laundry room.
"True Story: As a gardener, I had an old lady tell me it was once prudent to plant rosebushes under first-floor windows. 'Why is that...so indoors we can see the pretty roses and smell their lovely fragrance?' I asked. She winked, 'Well yes, that too...but the thorns also keep the burglars and perverts away!' I'll never forget that old-fashioned wisdom." –Brett B., from Facebook
Beautify your curb appeal by planting blooming rosebushes with help from This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook and rosarian Felicity Keen.
"I miss my grandma's root cellar. Free refrigeration, storage for canned goods, and a great way to keep cool-weather veggies from clogging up your fridge." –Rachel M., from Facebook
Want to store food in a cellar? Avoid water damage and other flooding problems by properly waterproofing your basement.
"Built-in features that were often common in older houses." –Leslie M., from Facebook
"Built-in cupboards of all kinds and not just in the living room or dining room—all over the house. They save space and it is easier to clean around them." –Susan D., from Facebook
Watch how to build a custom built-in using stock shelving with This Old House general contractor Tom Silva.