Sometimes two islands are better than one and other ideas for smart building
A second story with cedar shingles endows a 1950s ranch with old Yankee spirit. By Curtis Rist
This Old House Tom Silva helps you bid wet cellars good-bye.By Mark Feirer
The latest modular houses go up fast and save on building costs. By Mark Stein
Home-automation systems turn on lights, lock doors, and even feed the cat. By Chris O'Malley
A sauna is more affordable than you think—and good for you, too. By Hope Reeves
Regular tune-ups keep your system from running rough or (gasp) shutting down. By Joseph Hurst-Wajszczuk
Feast your eyes on the newest versions of dining room classics. By Jill Kirchner
Cheap and easy to install, zero-clearance fireplaces are a remodeler's dream. By Alexandra Bandon
No matter how inviting the fireplace is, the space around it requires ingenuity. By Romy De Courtay
Rhode Islands formerly run-down capital boasts a new waterfront and historic neighborhoods on the rebound. By Pamela Ferdinand
Tom Silva builds a deck of long-lasting Brazilian hardwood and constructs a cedar pergola.By Michael McWilliams
A media systems consultant creates a dazzling home theatre in a challenging room.By Chris O'Malley
Homeowners Dick and Sandy Silva start the decorating process—from scratch.By Louisa Kasdon Sidell
A family adds 2,500 square feet onto a 1913 bungalow and gains a cozy great room in the process. By Nick Patterson
Two sophisticated bathrooms take shape at This Old House magazine's project in Wilton, Connecticut. By Curtis Rist
Everything from nail heads in the frame to sites on the Internet helps unravel your house's history. By Alexandra Bandon
Mankind's first construction tool, the ax is as useful and versatile today as it was 10,000 years ago. By Tom Baker
A tree grows... plus, zipping around Billerica.
A dreary kitchen gets a dose of drama.
Restoring old lock plates, coping joints, and filling floor gaps.
What a dish! This season's most admired models—of plates, that is.