Low-Cost Outdoor Living

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before + after: kitchen

With more space, flow, and function, a cramped cookery becomes the heart of a home

before + after: bath

A modest master bath moves into a spacious closet and becomes a spa-style retreat with storage galore

budget redo

Tasteful touches update a 1917 living room while ensuring its period details shine through

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Outdoor fabrics

39 budget-wise ways to create outdoor rooms

From living walls to soothing sounds, try our low-cost ideas for enjoying the alfresco life

got gardening questions? he's got answers!

A TV expert shares the lessons he learned nurturing his own glorious garden

family affair

Three generations rework and revive their beat-down bungalow so they can cohabit comfortably

the fully built backyard

A thoughtful deck redo, blended with a brick patio, creates a young family's perfect hardscape hangout




Metal candle lanterns

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Stylish porch

home solutions


home solutions

Wrap your patio pergola with twinklers to light up your summer nights; 10 uses for old flatware; boost your blossom count by deadheading;guide to grilling; and more

how-to projects



Follow our guide to growing bountiful fruit and veggie crops in containers

money savers

Spring DIY projects you can tackle to cut energy costs and enhance curb appeal

home center project

Build a raised planter with TOH general contractor Tom Silva

weekend remodel

Recline in style in a cedar Westport chair you create yourself

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Q + A

Rebuild a walkway the right way to prevent pavers from shifting; tips for getting rid of garden-pond gunk; adhere baseboard to concrete walls; and more


Install a half-round gutter

Norm's tricks of the trade

Cut holes in drywall for existing outlet boxes

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letter from This Old House

Pennies saved, C-notes squandered

save this old house

A Greek Revival farmhouse with river views in upstate New York



See all the before-and-afters in this year's Reader Remodel Contest
See which remodels took home the top prizes last year


Letter From This Old House

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Reader Mail

Find follow-ups of other rescued Saves
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Home Solutions

Find more smart uses for leftovers


Before + After: Kitchen

Find a slew of stylish kitchen offices


Before + After: Bath

Find budget-friendly ideas for period-look baths


Shopping: Metal Candle Lanterns

Find exclusive TOH discounts


Money Savers: Spring Fix-ups

Watch a video of Roger Cook building a retaining wall


Home Center Project: Herb-Garden Planter

Find a cut list and a list of tools and materials needed for this project


Weekend Remodel: Build a Westport Chair

Find a full cut list and a parts plan including angles and measurements
Watch a step-by-step video of this project


39 Budget-wise Ways to Create Outdoor Rooms

Find a step-by-step on safely hanging a porch swing using rope


The Fully Built Backyard

Find how-to instructions for building a simple deck


Ask This Old House

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Save This Old House

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