Green building is on everyone's list today, but efficiency in a home's performance is not the only way to build green. Enduring styles and elements taken from the past can really play a part in new homes and renovations, as they have in this New Old House in Central Virginia. The newel post were removed from an original farmhouse and as is so often the case, the heights did not allow for railings which met today's building codes. To remedy this problem, the base of the posts were removed and replaced with matching profiles that were extended to allow for the new application. They were also stripped of years of paint and varnish at a furniture refinisher prior to installation, which will hold up for the next 100 years of their life.