In This Issue

  • December 2004 Issue No. 84

  • Front Door Facelift

    Take One Old Barn And Call It Home
    Clear out the cows, clean it, gut it, sheathe it, and add some comforts for creatures of a very different kind. Six stories of successful barn conversions, plus making over the barn at the TOH TV show's Carlisle, Mass., farmstead
    Split Personality
    A contemporary addition revitalizes one man's '30s bungalow
    Front and Center
    An entryway is more than just a door. Design it right and it'll welcome friends, improve your home's curb appeal, and protect you from the weather
    Deck The Walls
    For giving rooms instant personality — and protecting surfaces with style — nothing beats wainscoting
    Green Giants
    Tropical, treelike plants can be as important to the look of your house as columns, arches, and beams
    House Calls
    Warm wood and gleaming stainless steel turn a windowless kitchen into one that shines
    By Design
    The powder room takes on a new role as a family "extra bath"
    Fireplace accessories with flair, from traditional to contemporary
    Hooked rugs are folk art for the home; plus Q & A
    Talking Shop
    Choosing and using table saws
    From the Ground Up
    Preparation is key to creating the beautiful interior finishes that give a house character
    Homeowner's Handbook
    Installing a water filter
    Ask This Old House
    Level dimensions; decking over decking; plugged underground drainage; etc.
    Norm's Notebook
    Pulling nails from trim; refurbishing a slotted screwdriver; removing grout; etc.