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Workshop

Enhancements

Heady Metal

Steel, zinc, and copper make tough counters. By Thomas Fields-Meyer

Equipment

Clearing the Air

Range hoods keep grease and steam out of the kitchen. By Cynthia Sanz

Transformations

Viva Victorian

A dilapidated 1880s house gets restored to its past glory. By Diane Conrad

Need to Know

Garbage Disposers

Handy info to help keep yours from getting trashed. By Max Alexander

Finances

Move or Improve

Figure in the costs when deciding to stay or go. By Maggie Mahar

By Design

A Sense of History

How to make a kitchen look like it's been there forever. By Terry Trucco

Materials

All Bark and No Bite

Cork flooring is soft, warm and easy on the feet. By Jeanne Huber

Technology

Hip Chip

Portable MP3 players offer great sound without skips. By John Fried

Upkeep

Fresh Faced

Refinishing gives new life to an old porcelain tub.By Richard Weir

Features

Bracing for the Big One

A retrofitted foundation fortifies the Santa Barbara project against natural disaster. By Nelson Handel

Carving Out a Kitchen

An old garage makes way for an expansive family gathering place. By Cynthia Sanz

A Tale of Two Stories

Raising the roof turned a Prohibition-era gateway home into a family home designed for fun. By Kimberley Stevens

Wrapped in Wood

Using wood around a bathroom tub is no longer a warped idea. By Donna Paul

Hot to Pot

Grown in pots, urns, and other containers, almost any plant can thrive anywhere. By Katherine Whiteside

Poster: Knobs and Pulls

Modern kitchen cabinets take on vintage charm with period-style hardware. By Jeanne Huber

Departments

Outtakes:

How the Santa Barbara project garage stays nice and dry.

House Calls:

A claustrophobic Brooklyn kitchen takes on airs.

Ask The Expert:

Ipe issues, handsome transoms, correcting concrete.

The Details:

Stair runners stylishly squelch the sound of big and little feet.

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