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Curb Appeal

From mailboxes to shutters, the curb appeal of your home can make a big difference. Discover ways to improve and maintain your home's curb appeal.

Curb Appeal: Modernizing a 1950s Cape Cod

With a full-width front porch, a new two-story garage, and a fresh color palette, architect Jeff Troyer gives a 1953 Cape the upgraded look and function it deserves.

Brightening Up a 1930s Tudor Revival

The style may be synonymous with heavy and dark, but this 1930s Tudor Revival dispels that notion, with expanded space, a more open flow, and a brightened-up interior that enhances its vintage character.

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.

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How to Upgrade a Concrete Urban Patio

This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook transforms an old, ugly city slab into an urban oasis

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.

Patching Wood Siding

Need to replace some of your home’s wood siding? For great results, handle those fragile clapboards with care.

How to Install a Lamppost

See your way to a safer terrain with this step-by-step guide to installing a lamppost.

How to Fix a Doorbell

Doorbell not working? Here’s a step-by-step guide showing you how to repair it.

All About Fiberglass Entry Doors

They're weatherproof, easy to maintain, and harder than ever to distinguish from wood.

See This 19th-Century Schoolhouse Get Repurposed into a Charming Home

When a city dweller decamps to the country and tackles the renovation of a 19th-century schoolhouse, there are more than a few lessons to be learned.

A Guide to Front Door Replacements

The front door to your house must be tough, yet handsome and gracious. See our list of options that cater to a variety of styles, budgets and quality.

13 Door Décor Ideas

Enhance your entrance with these projects to amp up curb appeal and boost your mood every time you come home.

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Driveway Edging: Installing Belgian Blocks

Adding a neat row of Belgian block stones to each side of an asphalt driveway will boost its curb appeal while also providing a clear visual aid as you back out or pull in. Here’s how to install one.

Front Porch Lights: From A to Z

More than just a beacon leading to the front door, exterior lighting helps define the look of a house. With planning and a bit of math, you can put your home's best face forward.

Window Planter Boxes: How to Create Beauty & Balance

Packed with potential, these mini garden landscapes can benefit from a few design tricks of their own. Here are some window box ideas that’ll be sure to impress.

Exterior Dutch Door for $63

An intrepid homeowner saves the cost of a new Dutch door to contain her dogs—by cutting her existing front door in half.

Curb Appeal Before and After Gallery

An exterior home remodel doesn't have to mean a soup-to-nuts transformation. Check out these clever, thrifty before and after curb appeal makeovers to create a more welcoming home.

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How to Install a Prehung Exterior Door

In this how-to video, This Old House general contractor Tom Silva makes quick work of replacing an old door.

12 Types of Dormer Roofs

Here are the different types of dormers that have been designed over the years to let in light and add more space to attics.

Exterior French Doors: A Buyer’s Guide

Looking for the best patio doors? The window-door hybrid has never looked—or performed—better. Here’s how to find the right ones for your house and budget.

Cape Ann Project Reveal: A Home Fit for Generations to Come

Built in 1891, the gracious Shingle-style house had welcomed more than a century of family gatherings. Revived and improved during a nine-month renovation documented by TOH TV, it stands ready for its current owners to add their own chapter to its history

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Best Tools to Pick Up Leaves

From power vacuums to leaf blowers, we share different tools you can use to get rid of fallen leaves in your yard.

A 300-Year-Old Home Gets a DIY Remodel

A young couple tackle the project of a lifetime, showing what’s possible when you’ve got DIY skills, a go-for-it attitude, and stamina to spare. See this Cape Cod-style home get a complete makeover.

In-Ground Flagpole Installation

Helpful instructions to let your patriotic spirit fly from your front lawn with this DIY weekend project.

Low-Maintenance Landscaping Shrubs and Bushes

Our picks for the best landscaping shrubs and bushes that provide maximum beauty with minimal hassle.

A Cape Cod-Style House Worth the Wait

Determined to get it right, a couple take their time—10-plus years—putting a plan in place to transform their 1970s house into the open, light-filled, character-rich home they always wanted.

A Tiny Cottage Transformation Into a Unique Family Home

See how this modest 1937 cottage grows into a unique family home, thanks to a couple’s passion for preserving and building upon its homespun appeal.

Restoring a 19th Century Cape Cod

An antiques lover restores authenticity to her 1820s Cape with vintage furniture, salvaged flooring, period-style trim, and paint colors that bring back its time-honored patina.

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How to Replace a Mailbox and Posts

Here is what you need to know to install a mailbox and new post.

Prep for Success: Tips for a Pro-Level Paint Finish

You’ve heard the saying before: Fail to prepare—prepare to fail. But whether it’s because prep work is viewed as an unnecessary expense or it just boils down to impatience, many home improvers fail to properly prepare their surfaces before applying paint. We sat down with TOH painting pro Nick Slavik to find out how important it is to take the time to prep and prime.

Photoshop Redo: A Handsome Homestead

A revamped garage, a metal roof, fresh siding, and upgraded entries give this 1930s farmhouse more-coherent charm