How to fix up an older home
Remodeling a vintage house can be daunting. Portland's Architectural Heritage Center (503/231-7264) is a terrific resource for do-it-yourself homeowners, with seminars ( "What Style Is My House?"), hands-on workshops (from restoring woodwork to replacing windows), exhibits, speakers, and tours. For similar resources near you, contact your local state historic preservation office or search the Internet under "historic preservation."
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