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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.

Photoshop Redo: Paint Adds Personality to a Folk Victorian

Sophisticated shades enhance the simple lines and pretty details of a cottage with gingerbread trim

Flag Hanging Dos and Don'ts

Honor Old Glory by following the Flag Code's proper display guidelines


How to Install a New Storm Door in an Old Opening

This Old House general contractor Tom Silva hangs a new storm door in an old opening


How to Install a Bluestone Landing on a Front Entry

This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook upgrades an old brick with bluestone slabs


How to Repair a Rusted Wrought Iron Railing

This Old House general contractor Tom Silva rebuilds a corroded, unsafe railing.


How to Choose Materials for a Stone Wall

Discovering the wide world of stones with This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook

Curb Appeal Before and Afters

Inner beauty is important, but when it comes to your house, what's on the outside counts plenty

Photoshop Redo: Retro Ranch Gets Reworked

A more interesting roofline and an upgraded entry improve the profile of a 1970s raised ranch

Photoshop Redo: Plain Box Gets Period Charm

Craftsman-inspired upgrades, including a proper front porch, transform a dreary one-story into a cozy bungalow

Photoshop Redo: Bringing Back a Dutch Colonial's Charm

Traditional siding and a gracious porch restore curb appeal to a 1930s house

Photoshop Redo: Paint Makeover for a Bungalow

Varied palettes of warm, saturated shades bring out the details on a vintage Craftsman

Paint-Color Ideas for Craftsman Houses

Earthy and attention-grabbing hues best suit this style from the early 1900s

Paint Color Ideas for Colonial Revival Houses

Skip the predictable black-and-white scheme for this elegant style, and add pops of color for a bold new look

Best Curb Appeal Before and Afters 2013

You showed us your amazingly transformed home exteriors. Now see which ones were finalists in our annual Reader Remodel Contest

How to Build an Address Plaque Post

One lucky reader teamed up with This Old House's general contractor on an eye-catching way to hang an address sign

Photoshop Redo: From Blocky to Bungalow

A clever porch design and period details impart a more nuanced, Craftsman look


Making Modern Windows Work in a Historic Home

The trick to renovating a historic home is to use replacement windows with authentic period details, like Marvin Windows

How to Give Metal the Look of Copper Patina

Create the matte blue-green hues of copper left to the elements

Photoshop Redo: Cottage Style for a Boxy Cape

An over-the-entry addition and decorative millwork add style to a plain facade—and space upstairs

Curb Appeal Boosts for Every Budget

Making your house the stunner on the street doesn't have to break you or the bank

How to Install an Aluminum Storm Door

A tightly weatherstripped storm door can reduce air leakage around a front door by as much as 45 percent

Picking the Perfect Exterior Paint Colors

The owners of the current TOH TV house used period illustrations, expert advice, and modern technology to find the right hues for their home

Photoshop Redo: Craftsman Makeover for a No-Frills Ranch

A relocated front door and a proper entry porch make this house more approachable

Photoshop Redo: Perking Up a Plain Cape Cod

A revamped entry and a more detailed facade add polish to a basic box

18 Tips for Decorating Your Garden

Ornaments add another dimension to a landscape and give it year-round appeal. Here, lessons from one striking space

Best Curb Appeal Before and Afters 2012

You showed us your eye-popping exterior makeovers. Now see which ones were finalists in our annual Reader Remodel Contest

12 Spring Fix-Ups That Save You Money

Slash utility bills, boost curb appeal, and up your comfort all year long

11 Ways to Save Water, Time, and Money on Your Landscape

If you're not irrigating your lawn, flower beds, and container plants using the most targeted, time-efficient methods possible, you're wasting water—and money

Photoshop Redo: Punching Up a Proud Farmhouse

See how a bold paint makeover brings out the best in a home's architectural detail


How to Build a Pathway Lamppost

Pick up some stock cedar and a hanging lantern to construct a custom garden fixture

8 Lessons on Stretching a Small Yard

A landscape designer's strategies for maximizing the beauty and utility of a modest-size lot

Photoshop Redo: Layering a Ranch With Cottage Charm

A handsome pergola-topped porch gives the eye—and visitors— good reason to linger