Easy Summer Projects

Warm weather and time off may be the perfect time to check some simple things off your list

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Workshop

Need to Know

Garage Door Openers

How this one small machine makes your life easier.By Max Alexander

Technology

Pixel This

Digital cameras are a great way to document a renovation.By Lisa Kalis

Transformations

Shingle Minded

One man wore three hats to create his dream house.By Victoria Lautman

Talking Shop

Up to the Task

Ladders and scaffolding that take you higher.By Jordan Reed

Materials

Steeling Home

Industrial-style metal siding gets updated for home use.By David Dobbs

Finances

You Got a Permit For That?

Why you never want to say "no" to that question.By Betty Ming Liu

By Design

Deck Decor

Little details make a big difference in an outdoor space.By Merv Kaufamn

Upkeep

Screen Savers

A well-repaired screen will force pesky insects to buzz off.By Erica Sanders

The Details

Fan Fare

Ceiling fans: low-tech solutions to summer heat.By Mary Kelly Selover

Features

Hillside Haven

Despite a tight schedule and rain delays, the Santa Barbara project makes it to the finish line.By Nelson Handel

Desert Star

A new adobe-brick home in Tucson, Arizona, is designed to blend in with its desert location.By Donna Paul

Homeowner's Handbook

Concrete Paver Pathway

A step-by-step guide to laying an attractive and durable new walk.By Mark Feirer and Tom Baker

A Fine Row Manse

Take a sneak peak at This Old House's new fall project, an 1865 row house in Charlestown, Mass.By Josh Garskof

On Higher Ground

Gravel, recycled glass, and native plants join forces to create a beautiful rooftop garden.By John Riha

Poster: Wood Fences

Here, 18 classic styles and where and how to use them.By Hillary Johnson

Departments

Outtakes:

Past project update: the Key West library comes together.

House Calls:

A new kitchen fit for an old bungalow.

Ask The Expert:

Replacing beams, prepping for paint, and smoothing siding.

Silva Solutions:

Tom's tips on building now to avoid problems later.

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