#DSOldHouse Creative Challenge

by Maxwell Tielman

Photo by Daniel Kanter.

Ever since my family moved into a crumbling, turn-of-the-century home in 1997 (complete with shattered windows and a massive hole between the first and second floors), I’ve held a special place in my heart for old homes and the brave, totally insane people who choose to love them and fix them up. After my fiancé and I bought our own 1870 fixer-upper in Kingston, NY this year, that love has increased tenfold. While buying new definitely has its perks—modern conveniences like functional plumbing and storm windows— there’s something magical about living in and getting to know an old house, a place that has a history that dates back generations. From beautiful moldings and decorative details to windows with wavy glass, the beauty that old homes have to offer more than makes up for the headaches, back pain, and sleepless nights trying to figure out a broken boiler in the middle of winter (yes, that happened) that comes with getting them back in shape.

All of this is to say, dear readers, we want to see your old houses. Whether those houses might be your own, or just ones that you admire while walking through your neighborhood. From wide exterior shots to microscopic details—we want to see the old homes that hold special places in your hearts.

Send us your photos using the hashtag #DSOldHouse on Twitter and Instagram OR leave us a comment with a link OR send your submissions to us via e-mail with the subject line “#DSOldHouse”. We’ll post our favorites right here on 1/27! Get snappin!

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