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Altering a Cramped Floor Plan into a Functional Space

A 1938 house’s deft redo turns the layout upside down. Now lower-level cooking and dining spots open onto outdoor spaces that are magnets for family and friends.

Backyard Renovation: From Dirt Patch to Perennial Paradise

Twelve years after taking on a barren backyard, this passionate gardener is still weaving it into a rich tapestry of color and texture.

Tour This Renovated 220-Year-Old Farmhouse

With a wraparound porch and oversize windows that frame the views, an updated rear addition embraces its pastoral setting—and readies a well-loved, almost 220-year-old farmhouse for another century of family life

Read This Before You Buy a Mattress

You spend a third of your life in bed, so finding the right mattress is key to getting your zzzs. Read on for our experts' tips on what to know before buying a mattress.

Reel Mower Buying Guide

When you're walking behind the right model, giving the lawn a haircut can be one of life's little pleasures. Here’s what you need to know before you buy a reel mower.

Creating a Forever Home: Aging in Place

Here’s how you can go about aging in place not just gracefully but gradually—without giving up the house you love.

Dutch Colonial Revival Renovation: Better Than Ever

A couple rooted in Maine turn a 120-year-old charmer into a comfortable "keeper" by honoring its past and coaxing its hardest-working spaces into the present.

Landscaping Tips to Deter Ticks

Read these simple ways to keep the ticks off of people and pets by taking care of your lawn and landscaping.

Settling Down in a Cozy 1925 Bungalow

After hopscotching from house to house while raising a family, a couple of empty nesters settle down in a snug little 1925 bungalow, rebuilding it just how they want it.

How to Texture Paint: Give Walls an Artfully Rough Look

Want a rough texture paint look on your wall? Slather on colors drawn from nature, then smooth out the edges—no brush, no roller, just special effects.