Dream Workshop

From 15th—century Italian plaster molding techniques to what Norm's ultimate workshop would be like, it's all here, right here

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Features

 

Features

The Poster: Handsaws

From a reversible gent's to a Japanese keyhole to a French flush cut, a well-balanced, sharp-toothed handsaw can turn your arm into a wood-devouring shark.By Jeff Taylor

A Shop of Dreams

For years fans have been asking us what the ultimate workshop would look like and what would be put in it. Finally, the fantasy comes true in our fall dream house. Oh, the tool lust!By Brad Lemley

Mighty Monticello

Thomas Jefferson's experiment, building the quintessential American house, was nothing less than a magnificent success. So if you're looking for good ideas to use in your own house, start here.By Jack McClintock

[XLINK {199043} {Finishing School}]

Classes in home repair offer more than great ways to save on contractor bills[MDASH] they give you courage.By Jeanne Huber

An American Craftsman

A former pro basketball player turned plaster master, Lorna Kollmeyer is the modern embodiment of 15th-century Italy's stuccotori, who resurrected the plaster-molding techniques of ancient Rome.By Walt Harrington

Wright House, Wrong Roof

Into one of Frank Lloyd Wright's most famous houses a little rain did fall. For decades. Now the repair bill for Wingspread's new roof is more than $2 million.By Craig Canine

Got Snow?

Our real-life test of eight hearty snow throwers. In Vermont. For an entire winter. Brrrr!By William G. Scheller

This Very Old House

The history of every house is as complicated and romantic as the families that have lived there. Meet the Crehores, the Browns, the Manns, the Beechers and the Devines. For nearly 300 years, they lived in[MDASH] and changed[MDASH] our Milton, Massachusetts, dream house.By Daniel S. Levy

[XLINK {199843} {The Instant Extra Bedroom}]

Carve out a new room with a wall that goes up in hours, costs little more than $200 and[MDASH] when you need your old room back-can be taken down in minutes.By Jeanne Huber

The Poster: Handsaws

From a reversible gent's to a Japanese keyhole to a French flush cut, a well-balanced, sharp-toothed handsaw can turn your arm into a wood-devouring shark.By Jeff Taylor

A Shop of Dreams

For years fans have been asking us what the ultimate workshop would look like and what would be put in it. Finally, the fantasy comes true in our fall dream house. Oh, the tool lust!By Brad Lemley

Mighty Monticello

Thomas Jefferson's experiment, building the quintessential American house, was nothing less than a magnificent success. So if you're looking for good ideas to use in your own house, start here.By Jack McClintock

[XLINK {199043} {Finishing School}]

Classes in home repair offer more than great ways to save on contractor bills[MDASH] they give you courage.By Jeanne Huber

An American Craftsman

A former pro basketball player turned plaster master, Lorna Kollmeyer is the modern embodiment of 15th-century Italy's stuccotori, who resurrected the plaster-molding techniques of ancient Rome.By Walt Harrington

Wright House, Wrong Roof

Into one of Frank Lloyd Wright's most famous houses a little rain did fall. For decades. Now the repair bill for Wingspread's new roof is more than $2 million.By Craig Canine

Got Snow?

Our real-life test of eight hearty snow throwers. In Vermont. For an entire winter. Brrrr!By William G. Scheller

This Very Old House

The history of every house is as complicated and romantic as the families that have lived there. Meet the Crehores, the Browns, the Manns, the Beechers and the Devines. For nearly 300 years, they lived in[MDASH] and changed[MDASH] our Milton, Massachusetts, dream house.By Daniel S. Levy

[XLINK {199843} {The Instant Extra Bedroom}]

Carve out a new room with a wall that goes up in hours, costs little more than $200 and[MDASH] when you need your old room back-can be taken down in minutes.By Jeanne Huber

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Around the house

 

Around the house

Off The Wall

Second Guessing

There's only one thing you can say when faced with the inexplicably dumb things previous owners did to your house.By Jeanne Marie Laskas

Materials

Counter Intelligence

Solid surface is synonymous with countertops. But what is it?By Cynthia Sanz

Equipment

Dirty Ducts

If your house could blow its nose, this is what you'd find.[MDASH]by Joe Carter

Power Tool

Save Us From Hand Sanding

Like a ferret, detail sanders nose into awkward places.By Mark Feirer

Technique

Jiminy Chimney!

The crud in your flue may be a firestorm waiting to ignite.By Ben Kalin

Hand Tool

Getting a Grip on Pliers

Choose the right pair when you want to pinch, crimp or cut.By Jim Cooper

Finances

Tough Love Your Way to Fortune

Brad Lemley on the virtues of being a tightwad, Morey Stettner on playing hardball with your loan office, and Diane Harris on spotting price hype.

Architecture

Dynamite Dormers

Get more space and more light[MDASH] and make your house look a lot better[MDASH] for half the price of the average addition.By Dennis Wedlick

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