Create the Ideal Landscape

Simple and perfect ways to bring beauty beyond the front door



Home, Sweet Bungalow

A six-year reno saves a 1916 Craftsman-style house.By Margaret Nelson


Pool School

Pro tricks ease maintenance chores.By Nancy Lackman & Jordan Reed

By Design

Garden Gates

A handsome entry hints at the beauty beyond.By Dan DiClerico


Making Sense of Zoning

Local codes can protect you, but they can also cost you.By Larry Stevens

Talking Shop

The Dirt on Shovels

The right shape makes digging easier.By Clayton DeKorne


High-Tech Decks

Plastic planks that don't crack, rot, or splinter.By Jeanne Huber


Home-Court Advantage

Sharpen your game in your own backyard.By Max Alexander

Need to Know


How GFCI receptacles keep you safe.By Max Alexander

Owner's Manual

Best of Show

What's new in tools and building materials for 2002.By Andrew Wormer


Thirsty Landscapes

Plant-saving strategies when water is scarce.By Sara Jane von Trapp


Homeowners Handbook

Building a Simple Deck

TOH general contractor Tom Silva's method for constructing a handsome on-grade deck.By Scott Gibson

Stepping Out

Creating spaces that reconnect the Manchester TV-show project house with its landscape.By Jefferson Kolle

In Living Color

A couple restores magnificent beauty to a neglected old house.By Louise Jarvis

A Perfect Patio

Installed right, brick makes a great-looking surface that can last a lifetime.By Mark Feirer

Eight Is Enough

A whimsical octagonal house fits a narrow urban lot.By Jonathan Binzen


On the Job

Norm Abram makes a challenging molding for the TV project.

House Calls With Steve

Turning a primitive kitchen into a pretty one.

Ask Norm

Waterproofing windows, muffling sinks, and stopping sewer smells.

Letter From This Old House

Russ Morash's take on respecting the past during renovation.

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