In This Issue

  • June 2011 Issue No. 149

    • New!
    • Tell Us Your Story
      Here's your chance to be featured in the pages of THis Old House magazine — and earn $250
    • Editor Spotlight
      Scott Omelianuk
      Scott Omelianuk, Editor of This Old House magazine, began his long relationship with home improvement at age 15, when he started working after school as a carpenter's gopher. After years of jobsite toil and practical jokes—including being s

      More Editor Bios:
  • Outdoor Living

    idea file
    Price Wise
    Copper fire pits
    Read This Before You Build Your Deck
    Get all the info you need to create the structure that's just right for you and your house
    Cook Up a Great Outdoor Kitchen
    Our six-ingredient recipe will help turn your dream alfresco kitchen into a reality
    Before + After : Kitchen
    The payoff for one couple's patience is the high-functioning cook space they always wanted
    Before + After: Attic
    Built-ins, roof windows, and a rebuilt bath help create a cozy sleepover hideaway for kids
    Budget Redo
    A gut reno and new fixtures change a beleaguered bath into a bright grooming spot
    Photoshop Redo
    A new entry and paint palette spiff up a dull ranch
    Period Perfect at Any Price
    Twenty-four ways to boost your home's vintage style
    Better Than Ever
    A homeowner with a curator's eye brings an old whaling cottage into the present with its 19th-century charm intact
    upgrades
    Shopping
    Handsome House Numbers
    Build It or Buy It
    Pyramid trellis
    All About
    Gutters
    home solutions
    Home Solutions
    Build a rustic storage unit to stash your stuff in; turn your kid's old wagon into an herb garden; six surprise disaster-kit essentials; stylish new safety glasses; and more
    how-to projects
    Paint Ideas
    Apply a crackle finish to give furniture old-world character
    Landscaping
    Find out what it takes to help your hydrangeas be all that they can be
    Weekend Remodel
    Use stacked cedar boards to create a comfy bench flanked by planter piers
    ask this old house
    Q + A
    Protect foundation plants from house painters; choose the right-size dehumidifier; repair lawn ruts; tighten a wobbly deck railing; and more
    Step-by-Step
    Install a dry well
    Norm's Tricks of the Trade
    Secure your chalk-line hook; how to line up the drywall and siding holes for a dryer exhaust vent
    in every issue
    Letter From This Old House
    DIY's real rewards
    Checklist
    Easy ways to improve your home right now
    Home News
    Check out another TOH 2011 Best Old-House Neighborhood
    Save This Old House
    A Queen Anne in Wilson, N.C., with loads of original detail