Create Your Ideal Backyard

Inspiring ideas for patios, paths, ponds and plants to create a haven right outside your home


Ask This Old House

Fixing a loose stair railing; finding parts for older toilets; and more Q&A

Building Skills

TLC for old locksets; cutting pavers; and other tips

Norm's Notebook

TOH master carpenter Norm Abram's advice on hammer technique

Resource Directory

Find the products and services featured in this issue


TOH TV Takes the Chill Off Modern

The TV Project showcases all the ways to make a minimalist house into a warm and inviting home

Desk Set

Whether it's a simple workstation off the kitchen or a full-blown study with custom cabinets, here's how to design a flexible, functional home office

Backyard From Scratch

Expert advice on transforming a ho-hum lawn into a lush outdoor living space you'll really use and enjoy


Two determined homeowners plus 780 weekends equals one masterful renovation of a rural 1800s home


Kitchen Design

Down-to-earth design and smart function in a kitchen pro's own remodel

Bath Design

A bath with cozy old-house quirks and modern efficiency for a busy couple

House Calls

Designning a kid-friendly kitchen


We've rounded up a walkway's worth of handsome, rugged pavers

Green House

Rain barrels conserve water and nourish your garden


Old metal fence sections


Our guide to choosing hammers


Strip paint from metal hardware

Homeowner's Handbook

Installing a beadboard porch ceiling

Save This Old House

A well-bred but abused Alabama Federal-style house seeks a comeback


"Spring Sprucing" (p16)

Watching a Paint Pro

Everyone wants a bulletproof, tidy exterior paint job, but few of us can actually pull it off. We followed an expert around as the mildewed shingles, peeling muntins, and alligatored filigree on his own house are set right....more

"Rescuing Ivy" (p16)

How to Bring Ivy Back in the Spring

Ivy can be impossible to curb…unless you actually want it to grow. This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook fields a question about reviving a patch of ivy that one homeowner says is just about done in by a nasty winter....more

"Do You Need $25,000 for Your Home Project?" (p16)

Enter to win online before the contest ends!....more

"It's a Natural" (p33)

Backsplash Bonanza

Everything you need to know about adding a tile, solid-surface or— surprise—even a metal or glass....more

"House Calls: Kid-Friendly Bath" (page 40)

Giving the Kids a Bath

Ingenuity — not expansion — opened up possibilities for a small-scale children's bathroom....more

"Perfect Pavers" (p43)

A Better Driveway Border

Belgian block edging keeps the pavement out of your yard, and vice versa....more

"Tapping the Skies" (p49)

This Roof Resists Hurricanes, Collects Water

Bermuda's limestone roofs withstand hurricanes and collect precious rainwater....more

Catching and using rainwater can be as simple as a single plastic barrel with a gravity feed to a flower bed. Or they can be sophisticated systems that supply all your water needs. Here's how each is built....[XLINK {1180779} {more}]

Keep the rainwater flowing where it should — out of the gutters and away from your house — by installing an additional downspout....[XLINK {477466} {more}]

"Iron Fences Recast" (p52)

A Blacksmith Shows How to Protect Ornamental Metalwork

The fight against corrosion never ends, but it can at least be reduced to an occasional skirmish....more

"Paint Off, Shine On" (p61)

Door Latch Repair

If you have to slam a door to get it to stay closed, you probably have a very fixable problem with its strike plate....more

Porch Lattice That Last

Dress up your front porch with hinged panels of plastic skirting....[XLINK {214365} {more}]

"TOH TV Takes the Chill Off Modern" (p73)

Tour a virtual tour of our first Modern house project....more

"Backyard From Scratch" (p87)

Laying a Stone Patio

This Old House landscaping contractor Roger Cook shows how to work with stone....more

Installing a Picket Fence

An expert's step-by-step guide to digging postholes and assembling panels....more

Here's How To Build A Perfect Path

Stone, brick, gravel and even sawdust can turn a muddy trail into an inviting walkway....more

"2 Determined Homeowners + 780 Weekends = 1 Masterful Renovation" (p94)

Easy Mantel Makeover

Installing a ready-made mantel over a brick fireplace can yield much satisfaction....more

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