Building Smart

Sometimes two islands are better than one and other ideas for smart building



Adding Up

A second story with cedar shingles endows a 1950s ranch with old Yankee spirit. By Curtis Rist

Silva Solutions

Keeping Your Basement Dry

This Old House Tom Silva helps you bid wet cellars good-bye.By Mark Feirer


Mod Money

The latest modular houses go up fast and save on building costs. By Mark Stein


Remote Possibilities

Home-automation systems turn on lights, lock doors, and even feed the cat. By Chris O'Malley


Hot Spot

A sauna is more affordable than you think—and good for you, too. By Hope Reeves


The Heat Is On

Regular tune-ups keep your system from running rough or (gasp) shutting down. By Joseph Hurst-Wajszczuk


Table It

Feast your eyes on the newest versions of dining room classics. By Jill Kirchner


Fireplace in a Day

Cheap and easy to install, zero-clearance fireplaces are a remodeler's dream. By Alexandra Bandon

By Design

Wall and Order

No matter how inviting the fireplace is, the space around it requires ingenuity. By Romy De Courtay


Restoring a Legacy

Rhode Islands formerly run-down capital boasts a new waterfront and historic neighborhoods on the rebound. By Pamela Ferdinand

Getting There

At This Old House fall TV project:

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

Sweet Home Alabama

A family adds 2,500 square feet onto a 1913 bungalow and gains a cozy great room in the process. By Nick Patterson

Dream House: Bathed in Luxury

Two sophisticated bathrooms take shape at This Old House magazine's project in Wilton, Connecticut. By Curtis Rist

If These Walls Could Talk

Everything from nail heads in the frame to sites on the Internet helps unravel your house's history. By Alexandra Bandon

Poster: Choppers

Mankind's first construction tool, the ax is as useful and versatile today as it was 10,000 years ago. By Tom Baker



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