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

    Features
    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
    Departments
    House Calls
    America's ugliest kitchen" gets a sophisticated makeover
    By Design
    A veteran architect designs stairs for comfort, safety, and beauty
    Find!
    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
    Finances
    Shopping online for building materials and accessories
    Upkeep
    Termites—how to detect these wood-eating pests
    Homeowner's Handbook
    Hanging a window box with Tom Silva
    Workshop
    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.