In This Issue

  • April 2012 Issue No. 157

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    • Tell Us Your Story
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    • 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

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  • New Season, Fresh Looks

    idea file
    before + after: kitchen
    Two cooks use DIY skills and bargain-hunting prowess to serve up their ideal cook space
    before + after: bath
    An oddly shaped space gains twice the function, period-style finishes—and privacy
    budget redo
    First-time homeowners turn a blank box into a cozy dining room
    Photoshop redo
    A pergola-topped porch helps a ranch turn on the cottage charm
    DIYer's delight
    A thoughtful whole-house makeover restores a Colonial Revival's neglected charm
    read this before you remodel your laundry room
    Expert advice on everything to consider before you get started
    stretching a small yard
    Use a pro's landscaping lessons to make your limited lot blossom
    best old-house neighborhoods
    Learn about four of the 61 top spots that made our 2012 list
    TOH tv
    adding on above the garage
    Pro advice from the latest project house can help guide your addition decisions
    upgrades
    shopping
    Ceramic garden stools—from $66
    get this look for less
    Cottage-style bedroom
    shop smarter
    Stainless-steel sink
    home solutions
    home solutions
    Make a tin-tile message board; 10 uses for coins; solutions for compost-pile problems; insulation issues to watch out for; and more
    how-to projects
    paint ideas
    Rag on a second shade to bring out the best in your base color
    landscaping
    Our guide to grass will put your lawn on the path to a lush life
    home center project
    Use some simple materials to build a mirror-topped accent table
    weekend remodel
    Create an enticing garden gate with stock cedar lumber
    ask this old house
    Q + A
    Get window casing to fit when jamb extensions stick out too far; three ways to tell if paint's too old to use; get a noisy water heater to pipe down; and more
    step-by-step
    Permeable-paver driveway
    TOH tested
    Variable-speed trim routers
    Norm's tricks of the trade
    Keep molding returns from flying off your miter saw
    in every issue
    letter from This Old House
    Digging myself into a hole. Again
    save this old house
    A beautiful 1840 Greek Revival in Calais, Maine