A Great Renovation

Even an unconventional building like a church can be made into an inspiring home


Dream House

This Old House commissions one of America's greatest house architects, Robert A. M. Stern, to design a house that's old, familiar and warm on the outside but thoroughly modern on the inside. By Jenny Allen

An American Craftsman

For Charlie Keller, a blacksmith with a Ph.D. in anthropology, thinking is doing. At his Illinois smithy, Keller "thinks hot" —proving that there's more to working iron than heating, hammering and bending. By Walt Harrington

Big Chiller

Evaporative coolers —or "eevaps"—may be low-tech, old-fashioned and clunky, but many homeowners in the West love what they do to electricity bills during peak-air conditioner season. By Jack McClintock

Amazing Grace

The This Old House team wrap up the winter TV project, converting a San Francisco church into a spacious house that is cozy enough for two newlyweds. By Brad Lemley

Mulch Makers

Chipper shredders gobble bark, branches and bushes, then transform them into gardeners' gold-mulch. A cross between a food processor and a trash compactor, they are the perfect solution for piles of fall leaves. By William G. Scheller

Building a Safe Deck

A deck can handle even the rowdiest gang of fraternity brothers as long as the beam that carries the floor joists is properly bolted to the side of the house. Unlike bolts, nails can pull out — and without warning. By Curtis Rist

The Poster: Rope

For aeons, rope consisted of natural fibers twisted together. Today, synthetic—and stronger—fibers predominate. This handy guide not only shows how to tie the three knots that everyone should know but also charts a course through the complicated new offerings of high-tech lines. By Jill Connors

Around the house

Off The Wall

Appliance Bootcamp

At a midwestern compound, begoggled commandos undergo basic training to bravely save America's washers and dryers. By Jeanne Marie Laskas

Power Tool

Point and Shoot

Tired of dented moldings, smashed thumbs and annoying tendinitis? Try one of the portable, gas-powered nail guns. By Arne Waldstein

Hand Tool

Mud Knives

Special trowels smooth drywall's every blip, dip and dimple. By Jeff Taylor



The wood that built the West grows more valuable all the time. By Peter Jensen


Repointing Brick

Touching up like a pro means using the right mortar. Lime-based putties take longer to set, but they won't break bricks. By Curtis Rist


Land Rush

Before buying undeveloped property, get the dirt on the land. By Gary Belsky


Patios Made Perfect

Transition spaces require forethought. Otherwise, patios look like landing pads, and decks resemble forgotten scaffolding. By Dennis Wedlick

The Money Pit

Water Torture

Learning to live with those inevitable roof leaks. By Brock Yates

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