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really smart homes

Five very different houses get the perfect smart-home setup. Plus, what you need to know before you upgrade

lush life

Abundant plantings and a series of brick terraces tame the once-tricky sloping terrain surrounding a 1920s Spanish Revival

twice as nice

In this kitchen redo, supersizing the island gives a family of five double the storage and workspace—and half the mealtime hassle

they bought the farmhouse

Two old-house lovers rework a 19th-century relic into a comfortable, convivial retreat for family and friends

all about ceiling fans

Our buyer's guide provides the details you need to find the right one for your home—at the right price


home solutions

A colorful succulent centerpiece; make your yard mosquito-free; cleanup tips and gear for grilling; how to safeguard against sun fading; your monthly checklist; and more

before + after: bath

A shed-dormer bumpout creates more space in a cramped master bath


Decorative metal brackets add style and support to open shelves

budget redo

A kids' bath gets a thrifty, sophisticated makeover


Potted dwarf conifers provide four-season appeal

get this look for less

Give nautical accents permission to come aboard

paint ideas

Leave a lasting imprint on walls with a custom stamp

Photoshop redo

An expanded front porch and a fresh color palette boost a cottage's curb appeal

weekend remodel

Tom Silva and Kevin O'Connor build a tree fort designed for adventure

ask this old house

Washers 101; installing a basement bathroom; steer away sapsuckers; pathway perennials; and more

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