This Old House Archives


August 2007


Appliance Science

Burning to upgrade your cooking space? Don't let these innovations escape your notice

Buying and Selling Green

A new breed of real estate agents helps eco-conscious shoppers find the house of their dreams

Facade Fragments

Use ornamental building blocks as focal points inside and outside the house

Fall-Fruiting Shrubs

The resilient, colorful fruiting shrubs from this gallery can provide glorious fall color in the...

Fountain Buying Guide

Building a fountain? The design of your backyard bubbler is totally up to you: As long as it's...

Grass Species

A primer on some of the more common grasses that can be grown from seed

Grill Accessories

Any master grill chef should have these tools his barbecue arsenal

How to Build a Fountain

Rinse the tension from your bones with this calm, cascading backyard enhancement. Build it in...

How to Choose Palm Trees

In this how-to video, This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook goes tropical to discover...

How to De-thatch a Lawn

In this how-to video, This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook breathes new life into a...

How to Deer-proof Shrubs

In this how-to video, This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook shows 5 ways to keep deer...

How to Fertilize a Lawn

In this how-to video, This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook and host Kevin O'Connor...

How to Lay Out a Kitchen

This Old House host Kevin O'Connor and kitchen designer Kathy Marshall walk through the process...

How to Maintain a Pool

We'll take you to pool school with a pro's tricks for making maintenance less of a chore

How to Mow a Lawn

In this how-to video, learn lawn mowing tips from This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook

How to Patch Drywall

In this how-to video, learn to patch holes with This Old House general contractor Tom Silva

How to Plant a Shrub

In this how-to video, This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook gives a new shrub a healthy...

How to Prune a Fruit Tree

In this how-to video, This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook shows how to trim a tree for...

How to Replace a Mailbox

In this how-to video, This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook delivers advice on proper...

How to Seed a New Lawn

In this how-to video, This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook plants a new lawn from seed

How to Test Soil

In this how-to video, This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook discusses the benefits of...

Mossy Lawn

How do I stop moss growing in my lawn?

Partners in Grime

A couple of hard-core renovators share their wisdom about how to survive the mess—and...

Pilot Light Goes Out

Q: The pilot light on my gas water heater, up in the attic, keeps going out. What can I do to...

Planting Late?

Thank your lucky stars that tardy gardening is a project where procrastination pays off in nice...

September 2007

Instant gratification gardening, one-hour home improvements, quick kitchen and bath upgrades,...

Shutter Dogs

A shutter dog is one of those house details that seamlessly combines decoration with utility,...

Shutter Selections

Batten down (and dress up) the hatches of your home with traditional window shutters

Solar Hot Water

A brilliant way to cut as much as 80 percent off your water-heating bills

Vintage Metal Doorknobs

Use them to decorate doors, or creatively repurpose the hardware to give interiors a boost of...

Women Build

Volunteers on all-female Habitat for Humanity teams build homes for needy families, gaining...