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Welcome to Historic Houseparts, where you can find all the parts to make your house a home. Whether you're an architect, designer, contractor, or homeowner, we've got all the parts you'll need to complete your project. We've got a unique selection of both antique and new parts to appeal to every taste and budget.

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Salvage of an 1890 Queen Ann

We recently salvaged an 1890 Queen Ann style house in western New York that fell victim to a combination of long-term neglect and disuse as well as owner apathy towards restoration. We always encourage property owners to rethink the decision to demolish a historic home, particularly one with the level of character that this home was graced with. Rarely are we able to change an owner’s mind once they have decided to demolish a property but we do make an effort. Our staff was able to salvage many architectural elements from this property including READ MORE

 
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The "Switch" to LED: Options for Antique Lighting  by Electra Abernathy  

 

Want to save on your energy bills but keep the historic look of your vintage light fixtures?  Decorative LED light bulbs may be just what you need.  You may think of energy-saving bulbs as ugly, but we now offer varieties that look quite similar to incandescent bulbs. 

In recent years, several countries, including the United States, have created new standards regulating the manufacture of incandescent light bulbs.  These standards are intended to phase out the incandescent bulbs that exceed 40 watts, and to encourage the development of more energy-efficient lighting alternatives.  The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 required that light bulbs become increasingly more efficient in the next few years.  Under the law, incandescent bulbs that produce 310–2600 lumens of light are effectively phased out between 2012 and 2014.

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Before and After

Here is one antique light fixture that we recently restored to its original beauty and saved it from a landfill. We repaired bent and broken arms, polished brass, rewired torn and frayed wiring, and added antique glass shades. We offer restoration services on antique stained and leaded glass, hardware, and lighting. We have a full-service restoration facility on-site and our knowledgeable, experienced, and friendly staff can help you figure out the best solution to get your antique items looking like new again. Our available services include:

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Historic Houseparts is your source for architectural salvage and restoration supplies for your old or new house.
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Xavier Blaine

Mortise Lock Straight Talk!

With Xavier Blaine

Oh, the front door…  It is the most evocative feature of every home, a thing of both beauty and security, a silent sentinel of architectural devotion.  Its intricate carvings or stark panels, the comfortably oversized knob and backplate, the swing of the hinges, even the species of wood, all were carefully considered to create that most engaging of thresholds.  In truth, what good would a home even be without a good front door?  And yet the most important feature of every door, its entire raison d’etre, is not even visible, for what good would a front door be without a good lock?

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Flushed With Pride

Toilet Talk with Phil

by Phil Plummer

What can we say about the old commode? Is it an acquaintance, friend, or is it something more? Most of the time we take it for granted we stand before or sit upon it giving the handle a pull or push and walk away never really thinking about the marvelous piece of vitreous china we just soiled. There are those times of course where the toilet was our best friend, you know those times when you were glad you just cleaned it as you stared into the not so placid pool in the bottom of the abyss and found comfort in the coolness of the glassy smooth porcelain god. Sorry! I didn’t mean to bring up bad memories. In any case the toilet has served you and I well, it has always been there to attend to us as the need arose. Such has not always been the case prior to the advent of the modern toilet we have come to love and respect there was all manner of contraptions from the bedpan to outhouse from chamber pot to water closet and in biblical times it was an implement and a hole in the ground to name a few.

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