Reader Makeover Special!



Garden urns

Build It or Buy It

Adirondack chairs

Reader Tips

Try out these 33 inventive ways to save time and money

Home Center Project

Use planters and sheet metal to cook up a grilling station

Whaddaya Call It?

Feel more secure with this guide to the inside of your front-door lockset

Weekend Remodel

Paint a checkerboard on your floor

Q + A

Go solar to power your fountain pump; seal dormer leaks; clear up rusty wall water; fix a squeaky floor; and more

Norm's Tricks of the Trade

Repair loose joint tape on a textured ceiling


Easy ways to improve your home right now

Home News

Slow-moving grass mix; sow veggies in a neighbor's yard; mortgage-restructuring workshops; and more


Meet the $5,000 Winners

With some sleuthing, sweat equity, and a little pro help, the Walkers gave an 1896 Queen Anne cottage spectacular new life

Small Scale, Major Impact

The $1,000 winners and their impressive one-room redos

The Moxie Awards

Seven inspiring tales of determined DIYers who just wouldn't give up


Before and After: Attic

A couple makes the most of online resources to help create a sunlit master suite


A rowhouse dweller transforms his desolate backyard into a lush urban oasis

Paint Ideas

Leftover cans and a colorful imagination create a baby's room that's full of life

Budget Redo

A bungalow kitchen gets back its vintage charm[EMDASH]for $645

Garden Ideas

Lawn tools reside in style in this finely detailed stone garden shed

Hey, I Remember That!

TOH readers share memorable details of their childhood homes

Get This Look

Victorian-style powder room

Price Wise

Ceiling fans


Letter (p. 11)

I Hope You're Proud of Yourselves

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Build Your Own Deck

How to install composite decking more

Learn the tricks; get the skills with our video collection more

Reader Mail (p. 13)


Lose a wall, gain a workable kitchen space more

Get more help selecting paint colors more

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Check the status of dozens of Save This Old House houses and see related photos more

Checklist (p. 14)

Easy Ways to Improve Your Home Right Now

How to powerwash a walkway more

How to renew concrete surfaces more

Moss between pavers more

Divide and conquer more

Here's how to build a perfect path more

You can buy a premade bat house, but building one from scratch is a cinch. Get the how-to more

If you really want to save cash—and get a good workout—split firewood yourself more

See how to do a quick safety check of your deck more

Home Solutions (p. 19)

10 Uses

See 10 uses for wine corks more

Everything You Need to Frame a Photograph

Choosing the proper fastener more

Hanging pictures on rock-hard plaster walls more

Hanging heavy pictures more

Before and After (p. 27)

Gut the Old, Google the New

Learn how to install a skylight [XLINK {20153509} {more}]

Get This Look (p. 38)

Victorian-Style Powder Room

See a step-by-step video showing how to build this wainscot more

Pricewise (p. 43)

Ceiling Fans

Learn how to install a wobble-free fan yourself more

Life at Home (p. 45)

Hey, I Remember That!

Share your story with other TOH readers more

Shopping (p. 49)

Garden Urns

Learn what to put in sun, what likes shade, and other tips more

Build it Or Buy It (p. 52)

Adirondack Chair

How to hang a hammock more

Build it buy it garden bench more

How to refine a rustic cabin more

Beyond the basic shed more

Home Center Project (p. 54)

Turning Planters Into a Grilling Station

Follow a detailed step-by-step of this project more

Whaddaya Call It? (p. 57)

Key to a Safe Home

See TOH general contractor Tom Silva install a new lockset more

Weekend Remodel (p. 59)

Paint a Floor

Watch a video of this project more

Install a floating floor more

How to lay a cork floor more

How to lay engineered wood floors more

How to lay a vinyl tile floor more

How to epoxy-coat a garage floor more

Reader Remodel (p. 64)

Meet the $5,000 Winner

See loads more remodels in this style and others more

More Winners of the TOH Reader Remodel Contest (p. 72)

Small Scale, Major Impact

Find hundreds of other homeowner projects more

Reader Tips (p. 80)

33 Clever, Time-Saving, Money-Saving Tips

Share your own and see more more

All About (p. 84)


Watch This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook revitalize a tired lawn more

Ask This Old House (p. 91)


Send your questions to Ask This Old House more

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