This Old House Archives

June 2006

10 Uses for Beeswax

No longer just for candles—put this natural material to work around the house

Choosing Exterior Colors

From exuberant Victorians to quieter traditionals, these houses illustrate some of the fine...

Driveway Jazz Up

How to transform—or take the focus off—a boring, straight driveway

Father Knows Best

Not every new homeowner can get America's top contractor to stop by and offer advice. All the...

Garage-Door Glam

Down-home barn doors, Victorian carriage-house entrance, Tudor castle gates—with garage...

Good Fellers

When you need extra muscle, you need a chain saw. Check out the latest models and features to...

July / August 2006

Inspiring solutions and product picks for that all-important room in your home

Mulch Materials

This gardening essential not only neatens up your yard, it also helps conserve water and...

Natural Selections

New materials and products for walls, floors, and countertops let you build healthier without...

Old House, New Space

When this family outgrew their home, they decided to add on rather than move on—improving...

Proper Insulation

Proper insulation is the best way to maximize comfort and minimize energy bills

Shared Baths

Familial sink wars got you down? The answer is a remodel away. Check out these three bathroom...

Solar Shingles

A seamless appearance—and generous tax breaks—make rooftop power plants more attractive than ever

Three Pet Projects

Pets love messing with our furniture. So maybe it's time to build them some furniture of their own.

Tile Protection

Q: In my kitchen, I have a saltillo tile floor that keeps getting chipped. Is there anything I...

Traditional Tubs

Before showers rushed the cleanup ritual, vintage soakers beckoned bathers to sit back and relax

Troubleshoot Your Turf

Surefire solutions that'll turn a thin, patchy, or weedy lawn into a barefoot-worthy expanse of...

Window-Box Basics

Like a corsage on a plain suit, a window box can add spark to a house's exterior—if it's...