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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.

The 5 Best Mailboxes (2023 Review)

If you’re looking to replace your current mailbox with one that has a large capacity, includes more security features, or abides by federal standards, we’re here to help. In this review, the This Old House Reviews Team researched the best mailboxes on Amazon to help you find the product that’s right for you.

Refreshing a 1915 Craftsman in Altadena, CA

A couple with two young sons takes the starch out of a venerable California Craftsman, respecting its history while updating the interior and adding an overlay of fun.

Unbelievable Front Yard Renovations

See how these unbelievable front yard transformations reveal the power of paint, plantings, and facade face-lifts.

Before & After: Perking Up a Plain Façade

A rebuilt front porch, new siding, and a roof extension with brackets give a nondescript house a big curb-appeal boost.

Before and After: Creating A Private and Inviting Front Yard

A revamped facade and lush border plantings deliver street-side charm.

8 Lessons on Stretching a Small Yard

Read on to learn a landscape designer's strategies for maximizing the beauty and utility of a modest-size lot.

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

Exterior Upgrades on a Colonial Revival Cottage

With an upgraded entry, revised rooflines, and a sophisticated tone-on-tone color scheme, architect Jeff Troyer smooths out the awkward angles on a Colonial Revival cottage.

1920s Colonial Revival Home Renovation 

A welcoming kitchen was at the top of the wish list for the owners of this 1920s Colonial Revival. The resulting renovation delivered everything they hoped for while respecting the house’s heritage.


How to Upgrade a Concrete Urban Patio

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

S8 E21, Tom Silva installs exterior trim around a stone chimney

How to Install Exterior Trim Around a Stone Chimney

This Old House general contractor Tom Silva shows how to custom-fit PVC trim to a stone surface

Easy Fall Prep for Your Home

Here are a few projects to get your home ready for cooler weather and the holiday season.

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.

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.


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.

People blocking drafty door with long tubes.

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