Doors, Windows, Hardware
Floors, Walls, Ceilings,
Parks & Garden Fixtures
Lighting & Electrical
Masonry, Stone, Brick,
Molded & Cast Ornament
Roofing & Roof Specialties
(Arts & Crafts and More)
Timber Frames, Conservatories,
Woodwork, Millwork, Stairs
Active Interest Media
The comprehensive resource for professionals involved in restoring old buildings or designing and constructing new buildings in traditional styles.
The comprehensive resource for professionals involved in residential restoration and renovation, as well as the design and construction of new homes built in traditional styles.
Targeted information about service providers in the field of building restoration and renovation, both commercial and residential.
A portal site that brings together information about building products and materials, including data on more than 5,000 manufacturers.
Traditional Product Galleries
Traditional Product Galleries is a micro site showcasing—in big, colorful photography—thousands of items tailored to the requirements of restoration and renovation projects and new designs done in a period style, both residential and commercial.
Traditional Building Portfolio
Traditional Building Portfolio is a micro site containing a world of information about traditional building and design, both commercial and residential. It includes hundreds of articles on design and building projects, leading architectural firms, topics of note to working professionals, and major awards programs, along with forums and blogs bearing the opinions of leaders in the field.
Active Interest Media's electronic newsletters provide a continuous stream of information on key topics in the world of traditional design and building: likely products and services for both commercial and residential projects; special in-depth reports on projects and important product categories; and a bevy of blogs providing fresh perspectives from leading figures in the field.
Active Interest Media's Webinars cover a wide range of topics, from window
restoration to sustainable building materials. They feature leading experts
in the field and provide an effective, efficient way to learn about
important topics, while earning credits toward professional and vocational
The Palladio Awards Program
is designed to honor outstanding achievement in traditional design. The program recognizes individual designers, design teams, or both whose work enhances the beauty and humane qualities of the built environment through creative interpretation or adaptation of design principles developed through 2,500 years of the Western architectural tradition.
The Traditional Building
Exhibition and Conference
World-class educational opportunities and a wide array of resources and products for professionals who work in the field of building restoration, renovation, and historically inspired new construction.
Slate Roof Repair & Installation
Need great slate? Here are slate sources, slate specialties, and experienced contractors to help you out.
Click here for a list of slate suppliers and installers
Because the majority of today's roofing contractors are experienced only with strip asphalt shingles and roll roofing, they don't
want to bother with slate and other historic roofing materials. Faced with a historic slate roof, the typical roofer will solemnly
declare, "It can't be fixed." Of course, that's simply not true. In the online list above are both sources of natural slate
and contractors experienced in not only repairs, but new installations of traditional slate.
The issue of cost is sure to arise. Slate is definitely more expensive than asphalt shingles. The countervailing viewpoint is
that: (1) a slate roof should last at least five times longer than typical asphalt shingles; and (2) nothing can compare with the
look of a natural slate roof. As an acceptable compromise between cost and aesthetics, some designers specify slate substitute
materials that replicate much of the
appearance of natural slate without the full cost and weight.