Where to Buy the Best

Fireplace, mantels, stair railings, hardwood floors, and more


Ask This Old House

Freezing vents; buckling porch boards; can we install a vaulted ceiling? and more Q & A

Skill Building

How to "age" beams with paint and glaze; demolishing a tile floor

Norm's Notebook

Tips and techniques for using drill bits, from the TOH master carpenter


Find the products and services featured in this issue


A Starter House (Circa 1785)

It was never meant to last two centuries. But this home's tenacious owner is determined to preserve its charms forever

An Evergreen Tradition

A live Christmas tree provides a legacy for your landscape. Tips from TOH's Roger Cook on selection, care, and successful planting after the holiday

Secret Sources '07

Our annual guide to the places insiders go for those unique and hard-to-find items for your home

"Contractor walks into a bar..."

Giggles, guffaws, and groans on life in the reconstruction zone

Color by Number

Trade secrets for choosing the right hues for every room in your house


Kitchen Design

A rejiggered layout and vintage touches create balanced workstations and a built-over-time look


46 great around-the-house gift ideas

Loft Design

The ultimate open-plan kitchen

Around My House

One homeowner debates where to draw the line on holiday display


9 of our favorites in drill-bit kits


How to retrofit radiant heat—with lessons from the TOH TV project house

Homeowner's Handbook

Tiling a hearth

Save This Old House

Goldsboro, N.C., has this 1901 rough gem[EMDASH]and 11 others[EMDASH]up for grabs


Bonus Feature (p. 8)

Essential Holiday Advice

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Spruce up the fireplace more

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Keep the roof clear for santa [XLINK {20159134} {more}]

Holiday Contest

Dress Up Your Home for the Holidays more

Plugged In (p. 22)

Online Video

Watch Allen Gallant as he installs a new receptacle [XLINK {1618107} {more}]

Kitchen Design (p. 25)

Mixing Furniture Styles in the Kitchen

A kitchen with an eclectic, added-onto-over-time look more

Help for the Holidays (p. 28)

25 Gift Ideas for Under $10

Insanely affordable stocking stuffers for the home improvement enthusiasts in your life more

The Ultimate Open-Plan Kitchen (p. 35)

Choosing the Proper Fastener

You can attach anything to hollow walls if you use the right fastener more

Bit Kits (p. 47)

Drill Bits Are Boring

Our starting lineup of drill bits every homeowner should have more

Retrofitting Radiant (p. 51)

The Newton TV House

See before pictures more

Check out the renovation in real time on the webcams more

Tiling a Hearth (p. 55)

Art Tiles

One-of-a-kind craftsmanship that brings a dash of style to any house more

Replacing a Mantel

Rip out and revamp this elaborate molding more

A Starter House (p. 62)

Decorative Painting Techniques

Two-Tone Patina more

Damask more

Strie more

An Ever-Green Tradition (p. 70)

How to Pick a Live Christmas Tree for Your Region

Going native can save you money and headaches long after you toss the tinsel more

Secret Sources 2007 (p. 74)

Your Secret Sources

Send us your favorite sources more

TOH Department of Funny (p. 82)

Make Us Laugh

Share your best home-improvement jokes more

Color by Number (p. 84)

Color Wheel Guide

How to pick a complementary color scheme for your next paint job more

Ask This Old House (p. 92)

Online Videos

TOH's general contractor Tom Silva offers techniques for insulating attics and walls more

Norm's Notebook (p. 99)

Online Notebook

More tips and techniques from TOH's master carpenter more

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