Renovating a 1950s Ranch

With the right vision, a humble house can be transformed into the dwelling of your dreams



Bigger House on the Prairie

A little Texas farmhouse grows up. By John Davidson


Floor Show

This screening method adds years to a wood floor. ByAlexandra Bandon

By Design

Hot Under the Covers

Radiator enclosures increase heat efficiency and look "grate." By John Riha


Keeper of the Flame

Masonry stoves turn a small fire into a house heater. By Max Alexander

Talking Shop


Prolong the life of your tools by storing them properly. By Jordan Reed

Owner's Manual

Pocket Change

Sliding doors that tuck away into a wall. By Thomas Fields-Mayer


Getting All Your Ducts in a Row House

It's time to put the heating and cooling system in at the Charlestown project. By Jefferson Kolle

Rate Expectations

Mortgages come with as many options as an SUV; make sure you don't get taken for a ride. By Maggie Mahar

Betting the Ranch

A Connecticut couple took a gamble on restoring a 1950s home-and it paid off. By Jill Kirchner Simpson

Homeowner's Handbook

Installing a Pedestal Sink

Plumbing expert Richard Trethewey makes a challenging bathroom renovation task look easy. By Thomas Baker

Rock of Ages

A look at the craftsmen who hew to an ancient art-building stone walls without mortar. By Adam Levine

High Style

A barrel-vaulted ceiling elevates the structure of a modest beach house. By Jeanne Huber

Poster: Ceramic Floor Tiles

This elegant floor covering comes in myriad styles and does everything stone does, and more. By Jeanne Huber



Tom Silva's trailers one-up dumpsters.

House Calls With Steve:

A country kitchen gains new charm.

Ask the Expert:

Nail detail, healing ceilings, and shelf help.

Letter from This Old House:

This Old HouseMagazine's editor-in-chief smoothes some feathers.

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