Patios, Decks & Porches

Ideas for designing and building great outdoor spaces


Ask This Old House

A holly with two trunks; toilets on walls; should we save the bay? and more Q & A

Skill Building

Hand-cutting brick; installing an exterior sconce; how to plant a mail-order rose

Norm's Notebook

Tools the TOH master carpenter wouldn't be caught without


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Rooms With a View

Create outdoor spaces that beckon: six ideas for more comfortable and inviting porches, patios, and yards

The High-Tech, Low-Fuss Deck

Today's decks offer much more than a space for the grill, and new materials make maintenance a breeze

The Just-Big-Enough House

A New Orleans native adds on but preserves her small home's character and charm

10 Smart Reasons to Remodel Now

There's a silver lining in the housing crisis: Home-improvement costs have dropped. See how you can benefit

The Best Seats Not in the House

Eight outdoor dining sets that will do your patio proud

What It Takes to Build an Heirloom

A look inside the Thos. Moser fine-furniture workshop

Family Project

Build and decorate your own old-fashioned tree swing


Kitchen Design

Period details and a revised layout unite a new cooking space with a 1740s farmhouse


Stylish outdoor sconces


Glorious roses, with much less work

On the Job

After the flood: The river comes in, and a pro cleans up

Elements of a Style

Shaker simplicity, today


Metal garden urns can turn into flowerpots, patio tables—even fountains

House Calls

Add a half bath under a dormer or stairs


19 handy, multifunctional tools for Mom's kitchen drawer


Lay a brick walkway—in a weekend

Save This Old House

An 1869 Gothic Revival offers grandeur at a modest price


Make Mom Happy

Easy updates more

Create a Great Backyard

All you need to know about gardening more

TOH Tip (p. 20)

Tell Us Your Tips

Submit your favorite tips to Around the House more

Kitchen Design (p. 23)

More Storage Solutions

Smart and easy ideas more

Entry Lights (p. 29)

Outdoor Sconces

Check out more options more

Easy Care Roses (p. 35)

Climbing Roses

Learn all about these vinelike plants more

Water, Water Everywhere (p. 41)

Keep Your Basement Dry

If your basement's soggy, dry it out more

Watch a video on fixing a leaking basement wall more

Find out about drainage and landscaping techniques that direct water away from your house more

Simply Shaker (p. 45)

Vintage Looks for Kitchens and Baths

Updated vintage more

Retro redo more

Modern bath, classic looks more

Victorian Garden Urns (p. 51)

Build a Fountain

Read the complete step-by-step for this project more

Watch the video more

House Calls (p. 55)

More Ideas for Half Baths

Get inspired by these inventive projects more

Toolbox: Kitchen Drawer Essentials (p. 59)

Tools For Mom

See our reviews of the best tools specially designed for women more

Step-by-Step: Laying a Brick Path (p. 65)

Lay a Brick Walkway

Watch TOH landscape contractor Roger Cook lay a brick walkway [XLINK {20057405} {more}]

Watch TOH landscape contractor Roger Cook lay a gravel path more

Rooms with a View (p. 72)

Build a Fire Pit

Step-by-step instructions for building your own fire pit more

The High-tech, Low-Fuss Deck (p. 80)

Install a Composite Deck

Watch TOH general contractor Tom Silva install a composite deck more

The Just-Big-Enough House (p. 86)

New Orleans Project Before Photos

See before pictures of the New Orleans house more

10 Smart Reasons to Remodel Now (p. 93)

Working with Contractors

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The Best Seats Not in the House (p. 96)

17 of Our Favorite Outdoor Spaces

Editors' picks: the best gardens, backyards, and more more

What It Takes to Build an Heirloom (p. 100)

Build a Bookcase

Build your own bookcase with this step-by-step project more

Family Project: Building a Tree Swing (p. 107 insert)

Fun Ideas for Kids and Adults

Watch a pro build it more

Get step-by-step instructions more

Ask This Old House (p. 117)

Spring Upkeep

Spruce up your yard and home with tips and advice in our spring upkeep bonanza more

Sports Illustrated: TOH Homeowner

Fast Grass

Seed more your speed? Learn to sow with how-tos more

Eco-Friendly Cool

Find more earth-friendly home ideas and products more

Engineered Hardwood Floors

Learn how to lay an engineered-wood floor with a step-by-step how-to more

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