Wish-List Kitchen

The best materials make a renovation an elegant dream-come-true


Country Journal

An owner of a charming old house in Canaan, NY finds that old homes are a web of decisions interwoven over time, many of them made without reference to common sense or architectural coherence—some, according to the owner, the result of sheer lunacy. So far, only one of those choices has actually been theirs; to buy the property in the first place. By Verlyn Klinkenborg

A Designer's Own Kitchen

With finely made cabinets and state-of-the-art appliances, a kitchen grows up-from a small, dark stylistic misfit into a charming, spacious cooking area in keeping with an 1894 Victorian. And there's tons of storage. By Cynthia Sanz

An American Craftsman

Concrete sculptor Buddy Rhodes transforms the humblest of building materials into artful creations. By Brad Lemley

Sounding the Alarm

Home security systems have never been more popular but, before investing in expensive electronic devices, consider alternative deterrents that cost less, produce no false alarms and may stop burglars more often. By Curtis Rist

Raise A Beam

Using a new generation of engineered lumber, a contractor for This Old House tests out a new floor plan by knocking down the walls, supporting the ceiling and letting the ownersí imagination roam. By Brad Lemley

Dream House: Steal These Looks

Five innovative addition ideas you can adapt form This Old House Magazine's Dream House Plans. By Joe Carter

Master Pieces

As demolition starts at the Watertown project, the guys from the This Old House crew save the good stuff to use later. By Brad Lemley

The Poster: Hand Planes

Shaving off a gossamer curl of wood takes Zen-like concentration and a razor-sharp cutting iron. Here is how to develop just the right touch, hone cutting edges to perfection and make all your doors fit. By Jeff Taylor

Around the house

Off The Wall

Home Improvisation

You are up on a ladder, but the pliers are down in the toolbox. That's when you remember why you have molars. By Jeanne Marie Laskas

Power Tool

Merrily, We Scroll Along

With the acrobat of saws, anyone can turn solid wood into lace. By Curtis Rist

Materials We Love

A Gem of a Stone

Granite is covering more counters than ever, thanks to lower costs and a new appreciation of its near-diamond hardness. By Richard Stepler

Hand Tool

Give It to Me Straight

Plumb bobs cannot lie-gravity is the ultimate truth test. By Jeff Taylor


Bust the Dust—and Germs

A media filter on a forced-air furnace keeps house air pristine. By Hope Reeves

Weekend Project

Down the Hatch

A laundry chute is the next best thing to a bottomless hamper. By Meghan Anderson


Which way is in?

The side door works for shuttling groceries, but a house also needs a noble front door to provide a proper entrance. By Meghan Anderson


Report Cards

Why do mortgage companies insist on driving applicants nuts over minor credit problems? By Mike Steere

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