20 Years of Great Ideas

We've been there through thick and thin. Now we take a look at the best of This Old House



Icing on the Cape

A drab 1952 starter home doubles in size with a 650-square-foot ell. By Curtis Rist


One and One Makes Glue

Two liquids combine to form one of the toughest, most versatile adhesives. By Jim Collins


The Property Tax Game

How to assess your assessment and appeal your tax bill.By Stephen M. Pollan and Mark Levine

By Design

Upon Reflection

Smart solutions for putting your bathroom mirror in the best light. By Bobbie Leigh

Owner's Manual

Picture This

Virtual design software makes house plans spring to 3-D life. By Curtis Rist


Making a Splash

An indoor pool is a private retreat, an exercise inducer and party central. By Hope Reeves

Talking Shop

Helping Hands

Body-friendly tools reduce the Monday morning pain of weekend projects. By Phil Patton


Instant Replay

Get a personal video recorder and you won't miss a minute of the game. By Chris O'Malley


When Pests Are Guests

How to evict squirrels, bats, snakes and other creatures once and for all. By Collin Perry


Opening Statement

At the fall TV project, This Old House general contractor shows the right way to install a front door— in this case a 160-pounder of mahogany.By Michael McWilliams

PLUS: Networking all their computers with a central processor lets the family play games and share files with one another from any PC in the house. By Chris O'Malley

A Clean Slate

A California architect transforms an aging ranch through an inventive mix of materials.By Mark Morrison

The Best of This Old House

For 20 years, the gang has introduced countless innovations to home construction. We take a look at the materials, tools and techniques that have changed the way houses are built. By Curtis Rist

Building the New Hometown

Sprawling suburbs are giving way to new communities, where an old-fashioned village sensibility meets the 21st century eco-consciousness. And you can walk to the corner store for a quart of milk. By Barbara Flanagan

Poster: Classic Houses

This month's pull-out poster highlights the most important house styles in America since 1700. By Alexandra Bandon



Help name a boat; a close scrape on the way to the Dream House.

House Calls:

A gloomy kitchen gets a light touch.

Ask The Expert:

Leaky porches, flooded bathrooms and old smoke detectors.


Retro club chairs feel plush without being stuffy.

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