In This Issue
Remaking a Desert Dream House
Arizona DreamingAfter two decades of putting off their remodeling dreams, a Tucson architectural designer and his wife jump at the chance to offer their 1932 Pueblo Revival house as the spring TV protect.
By Jack McClintock
Adobe, for the FutureA wall of 2x4s and Sheetrock feels as flimsy as a Hollywood set compared with a 16-inch-thick slab of solid adobe. But the age-old formula of mud, straw and water doesn't weather well. Adding a little 20th-century cement fixes that and allows an Arizona couple to build a house that may last until the next millennium.
By Brad Lemley
Our Father's HouseWhether leading his country into the midst of a war or fighting for the new Constitution, George Washington never forgot who he really was an obsessed homeowner. The first of a new series on Americans greatest houses.
By Stephen Harrigan
Water is the EnemyMore than half of America's basements leak. This moist majority is only a downpour away from flooding that can destroy major systems such as heating and air conditioning. No wonder waterproofing guru Dean Maiorano is a popular guy.
By Curtis Rist
An American CraftsmanFor weeks at a time, master locksmith Bob Din will imagine himself inside an antique lock he has never opened, trying to "see X the levers and tumblers-and understand the craftiness of the original designer. Once he has figured it out, he can unlatch the lock without destroying it.
By Walt Harrington
Microscopic MenaceCan Stachybotrys atra —one of dozens of molds that bide out in most houses— kill children? Learn why mold and mildew must be controlled and why newer homes are more dangerous than older ones.
By Susan Benesch
The Poster: MoldingsShaped strips of wood are crisp grace notes that bring charm, depth and soul to stark flat spaces. Rip out this month's poster to find a floor-to ceiling guide to the classic profiles of baseboard chair rail, casing, crown and other moldings.
- Around the house
Off The Wall
Plumb CrazyPerhaps Lady Macbeth wasn't really mad, she was just in her wallpaper stage.
By Jeanne Marie Laskas
Ladder SenseA well-dressed ladder can go a long way toward taking the fear out of climbing the rungs.
By James Morgan
Stud GunsA new generation of high-tech nail-shooters has This Old House crewmembers celebrating their right to bear arms.
By Mark Feirer
Borrowing LightSomewhere between a window and a brick, glass block fulfilled a Depression-era ideal of simplicity. Now it's back, and in more styles than ever.
By Ann Armbruster
Shingling SecretsFollow the scent of cedar and the sound of hammers back to Nantucket, where Norm shows the right way to side a house.
By William G. Scheller
Bank Error in Your FavorQuestion authority - especially when it's your lender. Locating little bungles in your mortgage can yield hefty refunds.
By Lew Sichelman and Peter Miller