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  • June 2002 Issue No. 59

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    • Editor Spotlight
      Scott Omelianuk
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  • Create the Ideal Landscape

    Features
    Homeowners Handbook

    Building a Simple Deck

    TOH general contractor Tom Silva's method for constructing a handsome on-grade deck.
    By Scott Gibson
    Stepping Out
    Creating spaces that reconnect the Manchester TV-show project house with its landscape.
    By Jefferson Kolle
    In Living Color
    A couple restores magnificent beauty to a neglected old house.
    By Louise Jarvis
    A Perfect Patio
    Installed right, brick makes a great-looking surface that can last a lifetime.
    By Mark Feirer
    Eight Is Enough
    A whimsical octagonal house fits a narrow urban lot.
    By Jonathan Binzen
    Departments
    On the Job
    Norm Abram makes a challenging molding for the TV project.
    House Calls With Steve
    Turning a primitive kitchen into a pretty one.
    Ask Norm
    Waterproofing windows, muffling sinks, and stopping sewer smells.
    Letter From [ITALIC {This Old House}]
    Russ Morash's take on respecting the past during renovation.
    Workshop
    Transformations

    Home, Sweet Bungalow

    A six-year reno saves a 1916 Craftsman-style house.
    By Margaret Nelson
    Upkeep

    Pool School

    Pro tricks ease maintenance chores.
    By Nancy Lackman & Jordan Reed
    By Design

    Garden Gates

    A handsome entry hints at the beauty beyond.
    By Dan DiClerico
    Finances

    Making Sense of Zoning

    Local codes can protect you, but they can also cost you.
    By Larry Stevens
    Talking Shop

    The Dirt on Shovels

    The right shape makes digging easier.
    By Clayton DeKorne
    Materials

    High-Tech Decks

    Plastic planks that don't crack, rot, or splinter.
    By Jeanne Huber
    Luxuries

    Home-Court Advantage

    Sharpen your game in your own backyard.
    By Max Alexander
    Need to Know

    Shockproof

    How GFCI receptacles keep you safe.
    By Max Alexander
    Owner's Manual

    Best of Show

    What's new in tools and building materials for 2002.
    By Andrew Wormer
    Landscaping

    Thirsty Landscapes

    Plant-saving strategies when water is scarce.
    By Sara Jane von Trapp