Built-in Storage

12 space-saving layouts, 47 smart design tips, 1 great DIY project


Ask This Old House

Turning trees to lumber; fix a sagging storm door; and more Q & A

Skill Building

Roll paint like a pro; repairing firebrick; installing a towel bar; tile a bath niche

Norm's Notebook

Advice on paintbrush use and care from the TOH master carpenter


Find the products and services featured in this issue


Built-in Benefits

Make the most of your square footage with stylish, store-everything built-ins.

Season's Greenings

Brighten up your home's exterior using our tips for cold-hardy container plantings.

Baby On Board

A 100-year-old houseboat gets an eco-friendly remodel to make room for a growing family.

24 Quick Fixes

Have the holidays motivated you to make those repairs you've been putting off? Follow our shortcuts to make you house-proud before the first guest arrives.


Kitchen Design

Tweaking a previous remodel improved both function and looks

Bath Design

Unfinished garage attic space becomes a luxurious guest bath

House Calls

Designing around a big-screen TV


Bath towel bars, hooks, and holders


Ornamental antique hinges

Green House

Today's high-efficiency lightbulbs

Loft Design

TOH helps a family make a better home of their 19th-century urban loft


Pick the right paintbrush for the job


Guide to engineered wood products

How It Works

Geothermal heat pump

Homeowner's Handbook

Painting a room

Save This Old House

A rare Richardsonian Romanesque mansion in Louisville is yours for free workshop


Bonus Feature (p. 12)

The Guests Are Coming

Lay a New Floor more

Hang a Chandelier more

Install Wainscoting more

Kitchen Design (p. 25)

Choosing Colors

Experiment with adding color to your kitchen more

Bath Design (p. 31)

Bath Design Solutions

See how other homeowners solved their bath design problems more

House Calls (p. 35)

Hanging a Flat-Panel TV

Make Your Flat-Screen TV Disappear When the Show's Over more

No Holds Barred (p. 39)

Easy Bath Upgrades

Put in a little do-it-yourself time to make hardworking areas more practical and polished more

Cast With Character (p. 45)

Turn a Hinged Screen Into a Folding Screen

Follow along with the video or print out the step-by-step instructions more

Thinking Outside the Bulb (p. 51)

Disposing of CFLs

Dispose of CFLs properly more

Less Gritty in the City (p. 55)

Terrazzo Floors

How a Mere House can Become a Palace more

Paintbrushes (p. 63)

Secrets of a Perfect Paint Job

Five integral tips from the Paint Doctor more

Tougher Timber (p. 69)

The Newton TV House

See before pictures more

Check out the renovation in real time on the webcams more

Painting a Room (p. 81)

More Step-by-Step Projects

Building a Radiator Cover more

Replacing a Bathroom Faucet more

Installing a Mantel more

Installing a Dishwashermore

Calculate How Much Paint You'll Need more

Built-In Benefits (p. 88)

Building a Bookcase

Step-by-step instructions on how to get the job done more

Season's Greenings (p. 96)

Container Gardens

Bring nature a little closer to the house more

Baby on Board (p. 100)

Solutions for Small-Space Living

11 Ideas for maximizing small rooms more

24 Quick Fixes (p. 107)

Fixing the Furniture Finish

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Ask This Old House (p. 115)

Online Videos

Watch TOH's plumbing and heating expert Richared Tretheway fix common home-heating problems more

Norm's Notebook (p. 123)

Online Notebook

More tips and techniques from TOH's master carpenter more

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