Find More Space

To make your home a little roomier, you don't have to build out—look within


Ask This Old House

Rock-toilet fix; code on notching or drilling into a joist; and more Q&A

Skill Building

Clamping square corners; tips for using canned spray-foam insulation

Norm's Notebook

Advice on using MDF, from TOH Master carpenter Norm Abram

Resource Directory

Find the products and services featured in this issue


The Right Kitchen for You

Whether you're a quick-and-easy cook, chefs a deux, or party central, we've got the ingredients and advice for creating your ideal kitchen

Steeped in Character

Retired from storing wine or olives, hardwood barrels get reclaimed as new paneling, trim, and furniture

Fit for Another Century

Period-appropriate woodwork and rejiggered floor plan were key in preparing a 1765 Georgian home for its next hundred years

Raising the Bar

The house came with an attached-but gutted-old barroom; the owners re-created it as a watering hole for friends and family

The TOH Black-and-Blue Thumb Awards 2007

However bad your fix-it gaffes, trust us, someone else has screwed up worse; we've gathered some unique blunders to laugh at-and learn from


Bath Design

Finding space for a luxury bath-in the garage


Recycling vintage heat registers


Towel warmers make any bath a spa

Basement Design

Making raw below-ground space into a cozy family room and guest quarters

Green House

Easy resolutiongs for a greener New Year

Saving Energy

Retrofitting insulation is an investment in future savings and comfort; know your options by learning from this season's TOH TV Project


Cordless tool kits save you a bundle

Homeowner's Handbook

Building a radiator cover

Save This Old House

This 1913 Craftsman in Battle Creek, Michigan, could be a beauty once more

Green House

Pellet stoves reduce your heating bills and burn hotter and cleaner than woodstoves or fireplaces

Home Tech

In-wall speakers deliver big sound—and declutter the room

How It Works

Radiant floor heating


Replace a worn-out entry threshold



What to get, where to get it, how to install it, how much you need. Loads of insulation skills, tips, and products to keep you warm this winter....[XLINK {} {more}]

Bonus Features (10)

Coming Soon: World's Worst Design Ideas

Straight from the mouths of designers and architects: the worst desgn ideas of the past 25 years[EMDASH]and why they think they're the pits!....more

Bath Design (p. 22)

Tiling Around a Tub

Step-by-step instructions for installing wall tile around a bathtub....more

Water, Water Everywhere

Solutions for wet-basement problems....[XLINK {591677} {more}]

Chill Chasers (p. 29)

Wall-Hung Radiators

The scoop on flat-panel (European-style) radiators....more

Recycling Vintage Registers (p. 37)

Building a Baluster Pedestal....moreMaking New Furniture Out of Old Shutters....moreHow to Turn Them (Radiators) Into a Table....moreTurn Old Door into a Windowed Wall....moreA Bar Built From Salvaged Ironwork....more

Green Resolutions (p. 41)

Go on an energy diet:....[XLINK {219638} {more}]Exercise Natural Selection:....moreFill in the gaps in your life:....[XLINK {518080} {more}]Slay Your Vampires:....more

Package Deals (p. 45)

Coming Soon: More Combo Kit Choices....more

Warming Up the Room (p. 51)

From the Ground Up: Insulation

Proper insulation is the best way to maximize comfort and minimize energy bills....more

New Insulation Options

Companies make materials for almost any need, including one that gives people with allergies one fewer tormenter....more

Building a Radiator Cover (p. 55)

Heating & Cooling Videos:

Maintaining a Steam Radiator....[XLINK {1191164} {more}]

Start Planning Your Kitchen Remodel

For a downloadable kitchen planning questionnaire:....more

What To Expect With Reclaimed Wood

Reclaimed wood isn't as convenient to buy as warped wood from the home center, but then again nothing matches reclaimed wood's uniqueness and character....more

Carlisle: Combining Old and New

Architect Jeremiah Eck talks about the challenges of updating a historic house....more

Raising the Bar (p. 84)

Bars Straight Up

These built-ins are popping up in more and more remodels, whether as a fully equipped kitchen in miniature or just a niche carved out for bottles and glassware. Read on for the best design ideas and planning info, bar none....more

The TOH Black-and-Blue Thumb Awards (p. 89)

Coming Soon: More DIY Disasters!....more

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