This Old House Archives
Staying cool this summer doesn't necessarily mean you have to pay a fortune to keep the air...
Our top picks for plants that provide maximum beauty with minimal hassle
A century's worth of technology, legislation, and plain old capitalism made our homes what they...
Try one of these seven ceiling treatments to improve the space overhead
Kitchen designer Ted Goodnow shares useful tips on how to plan for your next kitchen renovation.
Despite a preference for the tried and true, our This Old House team has undertaken a promising...
No pane, no gain: restoring a set of beautiful old windows on the first floor, Janet McCue and...
This is a job best left to the pros
Base-cabinet storage you can really use.
Can two-sided tape hold up wainscoting adequately?
Locksets are the first line of defense in home security. Matching the lock to the task is the key
A simple family-room addition made a big difference in the way this house works.
Can it be left alone?
Having paired his fresh, innovative touches with our team's workmanship, Rob has a new home he...
Cool, classic and plastic. The look of the new urethane trim work in Manchester is just right,...
New ways to deal with the age-old chore of making yard debris vanish.
Nature is transformed into a handsome, useful structure
Make sure you're covered when work is being done on your home
Can it be scraped, or should it be scrapped?
What are the pros and cons for a garage floor?
Q: "How do I get rid of black mold buildup on the bathroom ceiling?"
One of the big advantages of laminate flooring is the ability to combine a wide variety of colors...
These practical yet stylish backyard structures offer more than a place to store the mower.
Renewal and replacement options for the driveway that leads to your door
Simple, low-cost ways to make the air in your home cleaner and healthier.
Laying brick pavers on an existing concrete porch
Don't cut corners on electrical work. Hire a qualified electrician familiar with the type of work...
Gazebos offer shade, shelter from passing showers and a great place to build summer memories.
Build a beautiful slate patio in hours—not days
Q: What's involved in developing property?
How-to improve the only working area used to prepare meals and clean up after them
Arm yourself with information. For instance: Full-service companies tend to be current on the...
Methods of treating cedar siding
Choosing the right ceiling fan
Preventing wind from blowing down a chimney
What to look for whether you're buying your first drill/driver or upgrading to a model with more...
How to wash away decades of dirt, grime, and mildew
HVAC specialist Richard Trethewey explains how he used a portable heating system using a material...
Repairing cracks and flaws in a concrete floor
From burglaries to fires to trees falling on your house, how to handle five common household...
Everything you need to know to decide on your next countertop.
Fed up with overstuffed closets? A few simple steps will put your belongings where they belong
The best materials make a renovation an elegant dream-come-true
A guide to the cleaners, finishes, and techniques for making your deck look new again
New options mean your next deck may not even be real wood.
Four common problems that cause lightbulbs to die young, and how to fix them.
A piano can make a not-so-great impression in a home
On a major remodeling project, many obvious money-saving schemes can backfire and cost you in the...
You can cure most water problems with a few simple, low-cost steps.
One's easier to repair, the other can take more of a beating
Prep steps to take before cranking up the sander
Installing a ready-made mantel over a brick fireplace
Wiring projects are not for everyone, but there are some basic upgrades most homeowners can...
The second home wiring project in our series can make your workshop projects a lot easier. Add...
Mirrors aren't just for the bath. Here's what you need to know to put them to use.
Installation advice from Tom Silva
A retaining wall can hold back a hillside and turn steep slopes into living space—if you pay...
Landscape architect David Hawk shares the concepts he used in redesigning the McCues' handsome...
A step-by-step guide to installing a ceiling fan with light.
Follow these seven easy steps to replace damaged ceramic tiles on a floor or countertop.
Repairing your damaged resilient flooring is easy if you follow the tips outlined here.
Four handsome, distinctive designs that make good neighbors
Where do you begin? And how do you choose?
How effective are they? Which should you buy? Here's what every homeowner needs to know.
What kind of paint can best withstand the heat and flame of a firebox?
Electric holiday lights and displays sparkle and wow, but they're also potentially dangerous
A simple, permanent repair for cracked concrete walls.
Repair torn drywall
Step-by-step instructions for the three most-common asphalt-shingle repairs
Put an end to the gurgles, ripples, and hissing.
Is it a DIY project, or a museum piece?
The best way to remove parquet flooring from a concrete sub-floor
A clever way to fill gaps in wide-plank floors
Putting back these "little houses" wasn't a simple task, but it's had a transformative effect on...
Add distinction and curb appeal to your home without spending a fortune.
These aren't the garage doors you threw a ball against as a kid
Roger Cook shares tips on growing a healthy and beautiful seaside garden.
Gutters bring roof runoff down to earth. Here's the (long and) skinny on what to look for.
Convert any fireplace or wood stove into a pellet stove
Design ideas for separating tubs and showers.
Just a little warm water will keep the exterior of your toilets dry all summer long.
Ornamental grasses are a cinch to grow, and they won't fade into the background.
Adapt these inspiring design ideas to your next deck.
What to do when there's no box to use as a ground
Are you planning a thorough kitchen makeover? Let us walk you through the process.
How to choose the best model for the job at hand
All you need to know to secure anything to concrete, brick or stone.
What hardy board is and how to cut it
General tips for proper disposal
Stone, brick, gravel and even sawdust can turn a muddy trail into an inviting walkway
Financing a remodeling project doesn't have to be a crapshoot. Here's a game plan for choosing...
New software has helped custom cabinetmaker Tom Perkins improve the competitive edge of his small...
Even small leaks can lead to big repairs. Avoid getting soaked by hiring an experienced, licensed...
Is the "historic" designation a blessing for homeowners, or a curse?
Whatever the size of the hole, it's easy to repair unwanted openings in your walls.
A sponge "plug" can make sawing through a metal door much easier.
Zoo-like names for household tools?
Patterned glass fell out of favor in homes while businesses remained stalwart buyers. Now...
You can't just rely on open windows or an old recirculating vent to keep kitchen air clean
How long materials, systems and appliances will last—and how much it will cost to replace...
Follow these tips to prevent rust, mildew, mold and odors caused by high humidity levels in the...
Buying a room air conditioner: How big? How Much?
This Old House general contractor Tom Silva's technique for erecting an interior dividing wall.
Don't let those grease and oil stains on your cement or concrete floor just sit there.
Identifying common weeds, plus pro removal tips
Tom Silva's step-by-step method for hanging clapboard to keep it level and watertight.
Drywall contractor Paul Landry's step-by-step method for installing rock
Painting and decorating contractor John Dee's step-by-step method for a well-clad wall
Tom Silva shows how to install baseboards that become visual anchors for any room
Tom Silva does a plumb job putting up a prehung door
Replacing a recirculating hood with a ducted model
Contractor Rich Rosenfield's step-by-step guide to creating a tempered-glass enclosure
From waterproofing to insulating, Tom Silva's step-by-step guide to putting in a new window
Flooring expert Jeff Hosking shows how easy it is to install this tough man-made flooring
Acoustic designer John Storyk gives up the details on the McCues' new hi-fi living room.
Learn how to coat walls, windows, and doors the right way
The ideal front door must be tough, yet handsome and gracious
Tom Silva's step-by-step guide to putting up an ornamental ceiling border
Don't take a seemingly genuine UL label for granted.
Tom Silva's step-by-step instructions for one of his favorite jobs—installing window casings
Is your wiring more than 20 years old? Consider this safety upgrade
Interior decorator Leslie Tuttle demystifies the process that has gone into making the McCues'...
In every square, around every corner, Old Savannah delights
Experience of a master framer, a farewell visit to our Nantucket Victorian, and the WOW factor of...
The most sophisticated cooling system you can buy starts with a hole in the backyard and some...
Final tour of an oasis, the authentic beauty of Mexican tile, and first look at the 300-year-old...
Even an unconventional building like a church can be made into an inspiring home
A craftsman's guide to renewing interior woodwork
A dozen simple things you can do to cut down big heating bills
A dark collection of small rooms from the past become a bright, airy kitchen for today.
Dealing with the inevitable dusty mess that's a part of nearly every remodeling project
The Monitor II from Delta solves the single-handle problem.
Thinking about redoing your kitchen? Follow the lead of one couple who spruced up theirs without...
What every homeowner needs to know about today's most popular kitchen built-in
Unless you're a sailor or Boy Scout, there are only five knots you need to know how to tie.
Safe ways to rest an extension ladder on a house
You don't have to hire a skilled mason to get a flat, uniformly handsome brick patio that stays...
There are all kinds of options when it comes to flooring, including leather.
Does it require a backerboard?
A well-lit house number makes your home easy to find for guests, deliveries, and emergency vehicles
Renewing tired tile walls only requires some simple tools — and a little elbow grease.
Finding the opportunities and avoiding the mistakes when planning a new bath.
Antiscald valves installed in tubs and showers maintain safe water temperatures.
Expert painter John Dee walks us through his restoration of the McCues' handsome front portico.
Bringing something new and exciting to a graceful old home
A 1932 Pueblo Revival house in Tucson goes under the knife, meet a waterproofing guru, and...
In the season of new life, give your home a chance to thrive
After 16 years on television, This Old House adds a magazine to its renovators' toolbox. Welcome...
This Old House discovers Georgia's distinct Southern charm
Team Tucson rises to the challenge, why lightning rods make sense, and what you need to know...
Nurture the green space around your home with nature's help and the right equipment
Why do old windows have more panes on the upper sash?
Refurbished with a dazzling mosaic of Moroccan tiles, Rob Thompson's fireplace will be a focal...
An unlikely material can make any banged-up steel door look good as new.
New tools help take the misery and mess out of removing damaged or outdated wallpaper.
Chimney expert Dan McLaughlin explains the basics behind the bricks in the McCues' new fireplace...
Take a look at this paintable, flexible foam that cleans with soap and water.
To get the quality paint job you're paying for, ask these questions and make sure your contract...
Progress report on the Salem house, great ideas for living fences, a basic bathroom renovation,...
An appealing entryway to a beautiful house is like the preface to a great book
From 15th—century Italian plaster molding techniques to what Norm's ultimate workshop would be...
Warmth can begin from the ground up
A hardware store from a different era
Why run back and forth to the house when you can move everything you need outside?
What to do with paint leftovers.
Getting rid of paint on floors
Is there a long-term solution for this hot problem?
Q: Is there something (besides drywalling) that I can do to prepare crumbling walls for painting?
Replacing oak-strip flooring requires a little ingenuity—and a really sharp chisel.
Unique solutions and products for three common repairs
Is it worth the effort to strip paint from ceramic tile?
Why are nails measured in "pennies"? And what's the "d" in a 16d nail mean?
You can tell a good paint by its can if you know what to look for
Here's what to do when your bathroom cabinets look as tired as you do in the morning.
You can't have a true tropical oasis without a swimming hole, and Rob Thompson has one in the...
Get the most out of your efforts with these tricks of the plumbing trade
Restore an old house using as much original material over time
There actually is a reason why some premium paints are so expensive. Here are a few.
How to add a tree to your yard—the right way.
Is refacing kitchen cabinets a viable option or a mail-marketed ripoff?
A job for an expert
Using cyberspace can help you improve your place, but there are limitations.
I'm replacing my ceramic tile countertops and backsplash with a laminate. How do I remove the...
Is there anything a homeowner can do without calling in the pros?
How to rid a patio of mold environmentally
When old paper resists new strippers
These three easy repairs will keep your gutters flowing properly and your home dry.
Whether they're large or small, exterior holes need to be patched
Trade weather-beaten wood trim for a lower-maintenace alternative.
How much damage will there be to the interior plaster?
Is there any help available for saving an old house?
What to do with the gaps
Is a minor face-lift what you really need?
It can be done, but it's best done by a pro
What to do where roof meets side wall
Must they removed?
Expert advice and cool products to help you create a bedroom that grows with your child.
When water seeps behind a tiled wall in the bath, some delicate surgery can save the day.
Think it's an overstatement to call it the war against weeds? Here's what you're up against.
Red or white? Re-shingling their house in Manchester, the McCues have ended up with the best of...
Beadboard can enhance a dull space.
The ideal payment plan keeps you in control of things but is fair to your contractor as well.
Home inspection of our latest undertaking, plus what matters outside your house
This Old House finds history and beauty on Nantucket
Learn how to uncover the beauty beyond the surface
How many trips to a major home center does it take for an experienced remodeling editor to buy a...
Can you "reverse" a waterproofing job?
The way to do it depends on what kind of noise you need to contain
Ceiling fans look sharp and produce a welcome cool breeze on hot summer days. But...
Detailed landscape and floor plans illustrate the dream at a glance
How to locate a good architect
Tom Silva strikes again! Replacing a load-bearing wall with an invisible beam.
A whole-house guide to gear that keeps everything in its place
Can you add a textured stucco to wood walls?
Think your PC or home theater is safe from getting zapped? Guess again.
Some universal ways to make your kitchen suit you and the way you live.
The new windows look historic and will stand up well to a tough seaside climate.
A new driveway helps the Manchester house make a great first impression.
Prefabricated sunspaces do more than let the sun shine in. They also add living space in less...
How to tell well-made sink, tub and shower fittings from the polished pretenders.
The new leak-proof oil tanks going in at Manchester — a ground-breaking advance in storing...
A landscape architect explains the subtleties of designing outdoor space and offers a few tips on...
Manchester architect Stephen Holt explains the origins of this cozy little room within a room.
What to look for as you shop around.
Confused about wood flooring and which type works best? We've got answers to the most frequently...
Choose the correct thickness at the start of a job to avoid a major headache later
With everything from traditional tables to built-in banquettes, eat-in kitchens feed a growing...
HVAC expert Richard Trethewey warms to the topic of the McCues' new European-style heating system...
Expert answers to the most frequently asked home maintenance questions
More backyard trampolines mean more trampoline-related injuries, but there are some things you...
These fast-growing plants could be your best landscape investment this summer.
Is there a shortcut to be found?
We teach you the three most common wall-paper repairs: loose seams, punctures and trapped air...
Q: "How do I remove multiple layers of wallpaper? Also, what do you recommend to remove glued...
Your water heater may look benign, but if improperly handled, it could erupt.
Ask these questions to choose the right catastrophe insurance.
New ways to squeeze more storage out of your kitchen.
These hard-working surfaces are easy on your budget and offer an unparalleled spectrum of colors...
Nothing can so radically revitalize your home as installing new windows
A mid-winter shot of color for your landscape.
How to prepare a house for its long, lonely season without inhabitants
Hiring a good interior decorator for your next project will save you lots of time as well as a...