Restoring the Doors of Nantucket

An appealing entryway to a beautiful house is like the preface to a great book


Nantucket Project Update

At 3 Milk St. on Nantucket, what began as a patch here and a fix there has mushroomed into a virtual reconstruction of the ailing Victorian. Despite deteriorating budgets, spirits are high as the transformation comes to life. By Jack McClintock


Their soaring cupolas and elaborate gadgetry were American architecture's first true idiom. Other styles have come and gone, but the innovative optimism of these 19th-century castles still seems fiercely modern. By Peter Jensen

Hammering Out a Kitchen

Are architects from Mars and homeowners from Venus? Designer Jock Gifford and homeowner Kathy McGraw Bentley balanced vision with horse sense and found a common ground.By Wendy Talarico

An American Craftsman

Millwright Derek Ogden's life has been a small crusade to keep America's windmills and waterwheels turning, using old world tools and techniques that modern methods just can't match. By Walt Harrington

Up on a Roof

After a roof freeze-up soaked his house last winter, a This Old House homeowner made a promise: Never again. Enlisting a contractor's aid, he spends a crisp fall day making sure winter won't plague him this year. By Wendy Talarico

The Peril of Oil Tanks

The lawns of this country are peppered with these suburban land mines, threatening to low up home sales and sink savings accounts. Knowing the options beforehand can mean the difference between a fiasco and bankruptcy. By Patricia E. Berry

A Door in Nantucket

Nantucketers know how to put their best face forward— as witnessed by the beauty of their entries. At the fall TV project, sleuthing turns up the original doors to the house, and This Old House helps bring them back to life. By Jack McClintock

In the Garden

Sometimes it's not what you put in your yard, but what you keep out, especially when it comes to deer. Plus: How to build a cold frame that will give your garden a head start and why the crew at This Old House prefers privet hedges.

Around the house

Off The Wall

Crackling Good

Inside every wood-burning purist is a self-loathing, gas-log lover yearning to be free. By Jeanne Marie Laskas

Power Tool

Sand and Deliver

Got a mind to grind? A belt sander can buff the rough stuff in record time.By Mark Feirer


Wonder Rock

Who would have guessed that lowly drywall could tempt a nation of plaster fans to throw in the trowel? By Don Best

Hand Tool

Hack Away

Plumbers, carpenters and even pastry chefs agree: A hacksaw is the tool of the last resort. By William Sampson


Take 'Em With You

References are great, but check a carpenter's tool belt as well-it can be the true sign of a seasoned veteran. By Wendy Talarico


Trip the Lights Fantastic

Let there be light, but do it right: Tips on decking the halls without blowing the fuse. By Jessie R. Mangaliman


Protection Money

The warm, fuzzy feeling of a home-equipment warranty can thaw a buyer's cold feet. But is it worth the price? By Patricia E. Berry

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