Cottage Makeover

Key West conch houses, descendents of simple Colonial cottages from the Bahamas and mainland North America, boast ornate details and almost always have a porch. Norm and Steve put two together for an updated take on traditional style

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Features

Houses in the Key of Life

With its shady front porch, clever gingerbread and hello-neighbor attitude, the Key West conch house is an American classic. This Old House's winter project makes a conch even tastier. By Brad Lemley

Dream House: Top Job

A cedar shingle roof gives This Old House's Connecticut project its rightful crown. By Curtis Rist

Meadow Lark

A field makes a lovely alternative to a lawn—but first you have to clear it, a fun-filled job in itself. By Curtis Rist

Letter From a Country House

Spring: Yank out the decrepit hot tub, build a darkroom in its place and call in the excavators to make the pasture horse-friendly. All in a serendipitous season's work. By Verlyn Klinkenborg

French Farmhouse

An American couple spent three years transforming a run-down stone farmhouse— and pigsty— into a clean, dry and charming refuge in Anjou, complete with an authentic French country kitchen. By Tala Skari

Poster: On the Cutting Edge

Circular saws are technological marvels that have carved out much of our built world. By Brad Lemley

Around the house

Transformations

A Restful Room

A Victorian garret bathroom blossoms into a sumptuous spa. By Hope Reeves

By Design

The Road Home

Driveways deserve more than just plain paving. By Curtis Rist

Materials We Love

A Fresh Face for Old Wood

Clear finishes perfectly complement fine wood and craftmanship. By Joseph D'Agnese

Luxuries

Mosaic Mystique

Painstakingly laid by hand, tiny stones tell a magnificent story. By Joseph D'Agnese

Maintenance

Back on Track

Garage doors get creaky with age, but you can turn back the clock—and avoid a total breakdown—with a little preventive medicine. By Joseph Hurst-Wajszczuk

Finances

The Deed Is Done (Or Is It?)

Title insurance protects buyers from others' claims on their house. By Michael Shapiro

Technology

An Able Cable

Fiber-optic lighting is more than a high-tech fad—glass tubes of light can save energy and mean the end of hard-to-change lightbulbs. By Curtis Rist

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