In This Issue

  • June 2005 Issue No. 89

  • Ideas for a Great Outdoors

    The Best Seat (Not) In The House
    Build a porch swing in a weekend, enjoy it all summer long
    Think Outside The Box
    How to design a deck that's more architectural style than plain pine rectangle
    Grass to Go
    Want a fantastic lawn fast? Sod it. Here's what you need to know to get the job done right
    Peak Performance
    The roof over your head is your first—and last—defense against the elements. Choosing the best one for your house is equally a matter of aesthetics, budget, and practicality
    This Old House[MDASH]Saved
    A derelict 1859 house once shown on the back page of this magazine inspires a hometown preservationist to call it her own
    Around the House
    Powerful new cordless technology; buying eco-friendly lumber; TOH Father's Day wish list
    By Design: Kitchen
    A tiny rural kitchen expands with its country character intact
    Low-growing, tough-underfoot plants soften the edges of garden paths and patios
    Stamped-tin ceiling panels are still winning metals
    House Calls
    An architect's bright ideas for using skylights
    Outdoor metal takes a beating from the weather. Here's how to fight back
    Home Tech
    Everything you need to know to plan the perfect outdoor audio system
    How It Works
    New technology makes air conditioners perform better, last longer, and run quieter
    Homeowner's Handbook
    Building a bookcase
    Ask This Old House
    Fixing doors that don't stay open; staking trees; which direction to feed a router; and more
    Skill Building
    Testing soil; scribing demystified; installing tin ceiling panels; and more
    Norm's Notebook
    Installing blocking; drill depth gauge; utility support box