In This Issue

  • May 2004 Issue No. 78

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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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  • Outdoor Kitchens

    TV Project House: The Family Plan
    Water features don't have to be big to make a splash in your landscape
    Screen Gems
    Creative options for hedges, fences, and walls
    Hands-On History
    Pretend you're a settler. The year is 1628. Now build a house
    Take It Outside
    How to design and equip an outdoor kitchen
    Thoroughly Modern Makeover
    A 1960s ranch gets a radical redo
    Decks: 25 Years of Innovation
    As materials and construction methods evolve, designers are pushing the limits of form and function
    A Gothic Tale
    How one family's perseverance overcame all obstacles to restore and update a stately 1850s Carpenter Gothic
    House Calls
    America's ugliest kitchen" gets a sophisticated makeover
    By Design
    A veteran architect designs stairs for comfort, safety, and beauty
    Leslie and Leigh Keno on brass and metal beds, plus Q & A
    Talking Shop
    Choosing and using levels
    From the Ground Up
    Tom Silva's best practices for roofing and siding
    Shopping online for building materials and accessories
    Termites—how to detect these wood-eating pests
    Homeowner's Handbook
    Hanging a window box with Tom Silva
    Ask This Old House
    Out with baseboard heating; the downside of epoxy paint; bookcase security; etc.
    Norm's Notebook
    Cleaning AC filters; protecting chisels; cutting underlayment to fit; etc.