This Old House Archives
All materials have pros and cons. Here's what to consider before buying.
A little imagination and a lot of work turn a forgotten store room into a cool, dark cellar where...
The highlights of the Tucson House renovation.
Some houses age like fine wine. Others turn to vinegar. Renovating this 1950s building meant...
How to correctly install a water-pressure reducer
When to mow and fertilize
The best home brew for killing mold? Should you use a power washer? Decades of experience is...
Andrea Gilmore, our historic paint specialist, finds a subtle Victorian paint scheme for the...
Brazilian soapstone becomes kitchen countertops in Milton, thanks to a company in Vermont.
Tom Silva explains how good building practices not only make your house's structure sound but...
Cast concrete can bring damaged brownstone back to life
A 3D preview of the workshop provides a virtual reality sneak-peek.
Lighting designer Sean O'Connor shared his unusual lighting solutions for the San Francisco House.
Blackouts, storms, and jitters have a growing number of homeowners purchasing standby generators
How much is enough? It depends on where you live
A second story with cedar shingles endows a 1950s ranch with old Yankee spirit.
Interior design experts help the Silvas tackle the daunting "blank sheet" challenge of replacing...
Give water a way to run off, and your posts will last longer
New ways to deal with the age-old chore of making yard debris vanish.
The best steps in combining fertilizer and mulch
A proper first assessment is the best start to a successful renovation project
Not if they are casual, fun places designed for the way families actually live.
How do you handle the stress of a renovation? Here's some advice from the owners of This Old...
Flawless blossoms cloak sun-loving plants from spring through summer.
Wentworth Institute is known as an architecture school that graduates students who know how...
Why does the sewage pump cause a racket?
Bungalow-style expert Paul Duchscherer helps Jan Winford enhance her house's Arts-and-Crafts charm.
A piping technique for difficult locations
Don't cut corners on electrical work. Hire a qualified electrician familiar with the type of work...
Change your outlook by replacing a flat picture window with a beautiful bay.
Learn more about window technology that claims to combine the best of both wood and vinyl.
A deck can handle even the rowdiest gang of fraternity brothers as long as the beam that carries...
There's nothing like a rugged crunch to welcome you home.
How to repair burn marks caused by fertilizer
How to contain drips, runs, and spatters
A few minutes are well spent maintaining a watertight seal
Protect light fixtures from messy spatters while painting ceilings
A new generation of fiber-cement shingles and siding is changing our idea of home.
Can't find a wall stud when hanging a picture or a shelf? You can attach anything to hollow walls...
A neat way to keep your caulk beads tidy
Prevent the mess next time you're caulking
Would heating it take the chill out of the house?
Recycling is part of life for many homeowners. Here's a rundown of products and ideas that make...
Chefs Julia Child and Marian Morash and Milton kitchen designer Phil Mossgraber share their...
Everything you need to know to decide on your next countertop.
Mill your own quickly and easily using nothing more than a portable circular saw and a chisel
Make a flat surface in your yard appear to be something that it's not.
Install blocking around window frames during construction, and thank yourself later when you want...
Learn the secrets of a perfect paint job, patching damaged wood trim, and fixing those old windows
Four common problems that cause lightbulbs to die young, and how to fix them.
The architect of the Milton house project reflects on the process — and the challenges &...
How to bear fruit from a single apple tree
A laundry chute is the next best thing to a bottomless hamper.
What to do when the wind comes sweeping down the pane
Landscape designer Stephanie Hubbard drafts a master plan for the Silvas' yard.
Keep your ceramic tile from cracking when you drill into it
Replacing the wax seal can prevent costly structural damage.
One simple step to making an existing hole bigger
To keep your family safe in case of fire, follow these tips.
Dressing up the Billerica House foundation in veneer brick, mason Lenny Belliveau proves that...
A simple repair for a blemished surface
Tightening the metal braces can return a loose ladder to rock-solid
Frustrated by a sticky double-hung window? Here's an easy way to fix it.
The right food, at the right time, makes all the difference to an evergreen
Read on to find excellent sources that will help you get started on your dream kitchen.
Classes in home repair offer more than great ways to save on contractor bills — they give...
A massive, gas powered monument to the joy of cooking outdoors means never having to wait for...
Electric holiday lights and displays sparkle and wow, but they're also potentially dangerous
Stopping the wiggle in your cabinet doors
Squeaky floors driving you crazy? These easy, surefire fixes will quiet noisy hardwood and...
Prefinished plywood goes down fast —and lasts.
Custom-milled quartersawn oak and southern yellow pine give the Billerica floors a classic...
Gutters bring roof runoff down to earth. Here's the (long and) skinny on what to look for.
General contractor Steve Crawford tells why finding the right contractor for your renovation can...
A simple way to remove the old stuff, even without a grout saw
The Ginkgo biloba is more than a memory enhancer.
There's no secret to deck maintenance—repair the deck, clean it and protect it. But learning...
Lawn man Robert Sparkes gives you the low down on the newest way to grow grass.
A great choice, with one important exception
One of the Billerica project's winners is a synthetic slate roof shingle. It looks real but is...
How to choose the best model for the job at hand
A safe way to carry boards in a pickup truck
Safe ways to heat the chilly room over the garage
What are the alternatives to forced air?
Q: "Is there a product to control garden weeds?"
Your house's only profit center requires ample space and ergonomic design.
In Billerica, media systems expert Mitch Klein explores electronics package possibilities.
Zoo-like names for household tools?
Take this crash course to find out if you have the coverage you need before you need it.
Patterned glass fell out of favor in homes while businesses remained stalwart buyers. Now...
Steve Drobinsky helps West Coast homeowners hunt for unusual old house and building parts at his...
It's a challenge to install, but a second-story bay window is a marvel of engineering and can do...
Budget doesn't have to be the only consideration. Home style and the makeup of the materials are...
Rug expert Steve Boodakian walks you through the world of Oriental carpets
This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook shows how to work with this durable material
The ideal front door must be tough, yet handsome and gracious
Replace water-damaged siding with fiber cement
One possible solution to erosion trouble
Before you start, read the directions.
Enjoy the soothing sounds of trickling water and the sight of darting fish.
Take the chill out of your crawl space
What's the best way to insulate a brick house?
The windows on Christian Nolen and Susan Denny's 1886 Victorian were in pretty good shape.
Track five project houses from the TV crew's renovation to the homeowner's follow-up
Keep your new (or fresh-cut) doors from expanding in humid weather
How to succeed at both
Caulking is a common maintenance task. But doing it well takes some skill and an understanding of...
From smoke alarms to automatic sprinkler systems, learn ways to protect your home and family from...
A common sense approach to outdoor lighting.
The right lighting can make your home a more welcoming, comfortable place.
Getting the alignment right on a deadbolt can be problematic — solve it with a kiss
Landscape contractor Roger Cook explains how to build a wall that will stand up to almost...
A closer look at these water-saving commodes.
Can it be done without changing the temperature?
A regular maintenance routine helps keep your A/C humming
Where you choose to place this essential kitchen appliance determines how useful and safe it will...
A foolproof way to make perfectly square crosscuts with a circular saw
Get a bigger bite with this tip
Been thinking about that outdoor renovation to your garden, lawn or patio? Break it down into...
Elegance can be exciting with carefully considered details
When the demolition starts, the crew from This Old House always saves the good stuff to use later
Water on the basement walls? Tracking it to the source is your first step.
Use a blanket of snow to measure how much heat your house is losing.
When to mulch, what to use, and how much to put down
The roots of a long-gone tree can continue to nourish the fungus
The case of the news that wouldn't go away
Why fresher isn't always better
How to get the chill out of the master suite
Make tidier cuts with your circular saw
With the right vision, a humble house can be transformed into the dwelling of your dreams
Master plumber Jeff Deehan plied the tools of his trade to install classic jazz-age lavatories...
A store-to-floor guide for adding or replacing this versatile floor covering
Rumford expert Jim Buckley explains how to build a better fireplace using 18th century engineering.
How to replace a window with a classic French door
Some easy ways to remove woody vines
What's the skinny on this flexible supply tubing?
A simple step for easier cleanup
Properly caring for your brushes will help them last for years
A fresh coat can revitalize this humble divider
A fresh coat will bring your kitchen back to life without breaking your budget.
Designing a detached garage can be a challenge.
How to keep the blade straight when cutting plywood paneling
The right tool to use when a stray cigarette or felt-tip marker makes its mark on the rug
Protruding nailheads aren't just unsightly; they can be dangerous
The right way to rough in a future bathroom
Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these plant markers from doing their duty.
The best time for planting a shrub
Keep your utility sink clog-free
A simple tip for trimming the bottom of a door casing to accommodate new flooring
A trick for keeping chemical strippers from damaging your floors
Shorten a screw, bolt, or rod without damaging the thread
A temporary solution is better than none
Bringing a dull, worn-out floor finish back to life is easier than you think
Get vinyl baseboard off the wall without ruining the surface
Get these temporary tackers down quickly and easily
What are the best options available for removing tree stumps from my lawn?
Iron out grime from your "nonwashable" wallcoverings
What to do when a burned-out bulb is stuck in its socket
The key to keeping your new screen from sagging or drooping
Replacing snaggletoothed spindles restores a staircase's dignity.
Dishwasher on its last legs? When you buy a new one, pocket the installation fee by doing the job...
An innovative idea for getting some heat out of a non-functioning fireplace
Paint expert Andrea Gilmore helps This Old House pick historically accurate colors for the Milton...
Getting them at the right time is half the battle
A faster way to remove sheet vinyl
How to keep the weeds under control without poisoning the kids
If you're planning to reuse that molding, use this trick to remove the old nails neatly
Old-growth wood found in some of our oldest homes stands up to time and the elements.
These flashy thoroughbreds are real workhorses.
A sponge "plug" can make sawing through a metal door much easier
The secret to the perfect paint job? Preparation, preparation, preparation...
Screened porches don't have to be ordinary.
Can you do both at the same time?
Arm yourself with information about how to do it yourself or hire the best person to do it for you
It's all in the drainage
If you don't have an electronic stud finder, you can locate studs behind drywall with nothing...
A simple tip for bracing wood that needs nailing
Protect decorative molding or trim from your hammer
Two fireplaces sharing one chimney is a formula for smoke — and danger
Finish off your tile cuts with a simple trick that evens out jagged edges
An array of choices for winterizing a summer home
What to do when a new lawn goes bad
Dr. Geoffrey Brown determines the extent of the soil contamination around the Billerica house and...
A few simple modifications to your ladder make it a lot safer to use
Prevention is the best defense against a house fire
You can't use a power sander on a slender leg or baluster — here's a way to strip those...
Pros and cons of "instantaneous" hot water heaters
The right blinds, shades or shutters will provide privacy, control light and spiff up a room.
Close to home, This Old House tackled a project close to its heart: rebuilding Dick and Sandra...
Learn how to keep termites away from your home and what to do if they've already arrived.
Thoroughly insulating a house will hold in the heat, but it will also hold in all the moisture....
It's not too soon to order seeds and live plants for the spring.
What to choose to avoid midsummer fading
How to tell well-made sink, tub and shower fittings from the polished pretenders.
Can you lower fuel bills without making a huge initial investment?
Carve out a new room with a wall that goes up in hours, costs little more than $200 and — when...
Standing outside homeowners Christian Nolen and Susan Denny's newly purchased home in Watertown,...
On New England's north shore, This Old House gives grand rebirth to a once-stately, uniquely...
State-of-the-art sights and sounds are right at home in Milton.
With the help of Julia Child, Marian Morash, Ethan Allen and Laura Ashley, to name a few, This...
The renovation of Dennis Duffy's 1906 Victorian farmhouse in the vineyards of northern California...
This Old House converted a circa 1895 "shotgun double" into a one-family house, renovating the...
A conversion of 1886 Bigelow Homestead, designed by noted American architect H. H. Richardson,...
This Old House constructed a freestanding addition to a Victorian cottage in Newton, Massachusetts.
The crew headed to the Southwest to remodel a faux-adobe home in Phoenix, Arizona.
The guys took on the renovation of a Cape-style home in Reading, Massachusetts, adding a finished...
This Old House gave a ranch house in Reading, Massachusetts, a second story.
A neglected circa 1784 Federal rejoined the ranks of other historic homes in Salem, Massachusetts.
This Old House converted a 1906 Arts and Crafts-style church into a single family home for Laurie...
This Old House went to Santa Barbara, California, to remodel a Craftsman bungalow.
The guys headed west for the winter to raise the roof on Jan Winford's 1907 Craftsman-style...
In the desert of the Southwest, This Old House updated a 1930s adobe home with a library addition.
This Old House helped the Flemings preserve their Georgia peach — a 1884 Italianate Victorian...
For the first time, This Old House traveled outside Massachusetts to focus on the renovation of a...
Plans for this 1930s Pueblo Revival stucco home included expanding the kitchen and patio areas...
The show kicked off its 20th anniversary with the renovation of a sprawling 1886 Queen Anne-style...
The historical renovation of "Kirkside," an 1815 Colonial Revival-style home, included new septic...
The crew renovated and restored of the 1785 Weatherbee farm in Westwood, Massachusetts, adding a...
The This Old House crew renovated a 1950s ranch-style tract home in Woburn, Massachusetts.
Consultant Gene Walsh helps the team find the right tile for a Colonial equipped for the 21st...
Use this time-saving tip when belt-sanding a tough job
Create a snug fit where paneling abuts stone walls or other irregular surfaces
Fiber-optic lighting can save energy and mean the end of hard-to-change light bulbs.
An excellent assistant for temporary support
Forget the tape measure! A hammer will do the trick
Two caveats to insulating
Flexible containers, made from recycled polyethylene.
How to pick quality vinyl siding and the contractor who installs it.
Do magnetic or chemical water treatments work?
Unfortunately, asbestos can be found in a myriad of household materials. We'll tell you where to...
Dig into the internal architecture of a top-quality cabinet
Bad paint jobs can happen to good people with old houses — even when they listen faithfully to...
An electrician's secret for making neat connections quickly and easily
Here's a safe and effective system to control the plant-eating pests in your yard.
Linoleum makes a comeback and proves it's not what you think.
Landscape designer Stephanie Hubbard picks the proper plants for ...