4 Great DIY Projects


Ask This Old House

Replacing bench boards; how to get rid of mushrooms; and more Q & A

Norm's Notebook

The TOH master carpenter's hose tips


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Painting kitchen cabinets, pro-style

Give Your Grill the Works

Turn your barbecue zone into an outdoor kitchen complete with prep, cleanup, and serving space

DIY Projects That Pay

Three big-bang-for-your-buck, no-contractor-needed upgrades for your entry, bath, and kitchen

Family Project

Cool off—and cash in—with our easy-to-build lemonade stand

Second Life

With its 1834 core, oddly shaped pool, and 1950s additions, the house lacked a unified style. So the new owners invented one

Little Wonder

A small yard blooms with bright color and makes room for dining, reading, and relaxing


Bath Design

Switching rooms around gave one couple a classic period master bath

Kitchen & Bath Report

The best budget-friendly new products from the industry's 2008 trade show


Water-thrifty succulents that will thrive almost anywhere

House 911

The pool had become a swamp. Then the maintenance man arrived (whew!)

Great Neighborhoods

Eight friendly areas whose housing stock is the stuff dreams are made on

Green House

The skinny on soy-based foam insulation


Mythbusters! The TOH experts demo 14 home-improvement misconceptions


The latest hoses and spray nozzles make watering a pleasure

Save This Old House

A Carolina cottage worth keeping


Web Highlights (p. 8)

Best Neighborhoods

Find the best places for commuters, families, retirees, and more more

Summer Jobs

Projects for a great-looking house this summer more

Around the House (p. 22)

Send Us your Tips

Submit your favorite tips to Around the House more

Need to Know (p. 26)

Air Conditioning

Watch Richard Tretheway install a programmable thermostat more

Bath Design (p. 29)

More Ideas

See how other homeowners solve their bath-design problems more

Kitchen & Bath Report (p. 33)

Bold Redo

Big help for small bathrooms more

14 kitchen and bath space savers more

Traditional kitchen and bath products more

Meet the Survivors (p. 39)

More Hardy Plants

Drought-resistant perennials more

More drought-resistant perennials more

Swamp Thing (p. 45)

Pool Maintenance

Learn how to maintain a pool more

The Best Places to Buy an Old House (p. 48)

More Neighborhoods

Find the best places for commuters, families, retirees, and more more

Family Project (p. 59)

Building a Lemonade Stand

Get complete step-by-step instructions more

Watch the video more

Greenhouse (p. 67)

So, You Pumped Your Walls Full of Soybeans?

See how soy-based products help make your home healthier more

Know-How (p. 71)


TOH's 6-point plan for getting the best contractor more

10 ways to shrink your energy bills more

Toolbox (p. 77)

Let Us Spray

More nozzles more

Painting Kitchen Cabinets (p. 83)

More Advice

Learn more about kitchen cabinets more

Use our DIY designer more

More on painting kitchen cabinets more

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Cabinet pulls more

Fixing loose hinge holes more

Give Your Grill the Works (p. 90)

Upgrades With Impact

View complete step-by-step instructions for building this outdoor kitchen more

Little Wonder (p. 104)

More On Small Yards

Learn other tricks for making the most of your small yard more

DIY Projects That Pay (p. 112)

More Projects to Try

Replace a pre-hung door more

Exterior painting how-to more

Install a soapstone countertop more

Install a tile backsplash more

Change a faucet more

Install a medicine cabinet more

Ask This Old House (p. 123)

Cooling Projects

How to install a portable air conditioner more

Installing a mini-split air conditioner more

How to install a solar attic fan more

How to install a ceiling fan more

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