Ideas for a Great Outdoors

Gardens with paths, porches with swings, and decks with custom designs


Ask This Old House

Fixing doors that don't stay open; staking trees; which direction to feed a router; and more

Skill Building

Testing soil; scribing demystified; installing tin ceiling panels; and more

Norm's Notebook

Installing blocking; drill depth gauge; utility support box


The Best Seat (Not) In The House

Build a porch swing in a weekend, enjoy it all summer long

Think Outside The Box

How to design a deck that's more architectural style than plain pine rectangle

Grass to Go

Want a fantastic lawn fast? Sod it. Here's what you need to know to get the job done right

Peak Performance

The roof over your head is your first—and last—defense against the elements. Choosing the best one for your house is equally a matter of aesthetics, budget, and practicality

This Old House—Saved

A derelict 1859 house once shown on the back page of this magazine inspires a hometown preservationist to call it her own


Around the House

Powerful new cordless technology; buying eco-friendly lumber; TOH Father's Day wish list

By Design: Kitchen

A tiny rural kitchen expands with its country character intact


Low-growing, tough-underfoot plants soften the edges of garden paths and patios


Stamped-tin ceiling panels are still winning metals

House Calls

An architect's bright ideas for using skylights




Outdoor metal takes a beating from the weather. Here's how to fight back

Home Tech

Everything you need to know to plan the perfect outdoor audio system

How It Works

New technology makes air conditioners perform better, last longer, and run quieter

Homeowner's Handbook

Building a bookcase

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TV Listings

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