― I love old houses. All different kinds of old houses—cottages, castles, bungalows and beach huts. I especially love old houses that look as if they belonged in an earlier century of the English countryside. Brick and stone are my favorites, although I also have a weakness for the clean lines of 19th century American farmhouses. ∙ Built in the 1920s, the house I have lived in and owned (with the mortgage company) for the past 35 years is a two-story Tudor bungalow with brick first floor [...].