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idea file

JUN2012 IDEA FILE

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

upgrades

JUN2012 UPGRADES

shopping

Metal candle lanterns

get this look for less

Stylish porch

home solutions

JUN2012 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

JUN2012 HOW-TO PROJECTS

landscaping

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

ask this old house

JUN2012 ASK THIS OLD HOUSE

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

step-by-step

Install a half-round gutter

Norm's tricks of the trade

Cut holes in drywall for existing outlet boxes

in every issue

JUN2012 IN EVERY ISSUE

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

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