This Old House Archives

November 2006

25 Gifts for Under $10

Insanely affordable stocking stuffers for the home improvement enthusiasts in your life

Bar Parts

You no longer have to leave your home to enjoy the pleasures of a bar. Take a look at some must...

Bar Sinks

Impress your guests this holiday season with one of these stylish bar sinks, perfect for chilling...

Bars Straight Up

These built-ins are popping up in more and more homeowners' remodels, whether as a fully equipped...

Big-House Backlash

To control development of new, outsized houses in historic neighborhoods, residents must get...

Class Acts

Stylish and soft, schoolhouse lights still get high marks

Clear Winners

Recycled glass tile is beautiful, affordable, and responsible

Cork Floor

Only a few click-together cork floors are offered outside ...

December 2006

Our editors looked high and low to bring you the best in doors, floors, faucets and more

Hands-Free Faucets

Optional manual control and new wireless technology make sensor-powered...

How to Hang a Tin Ceiling

In less than a weekend, turn your blank ceiling into an architectural showpiece of pressed metal.

Kitchen Lighting Schemes

The right fixtures not only provide task lighting and ambience—they also distinguish zones...

Meet the Good Bugs

Letting beneficial insects do what comes naturally makes for a better-looking landscape—and less...


It's not only nasty, it's dangerous—to you and your property. Learn how to prevent and...

November 2006

Bring comfort to classics like a Victorian, a cozy cottage, and a vintage bath

Setting Glass Tile

When it comes to installation, there are clear differences between ceramic and glass

Shingle Minded

One man sets his sights on a weekend house with the look and feel of a 19th-century coastal cottage

Tin Ceiling Panels

There are literally thousands of panel patterns and colors to choose from—some of which...