Green Remodeling Ideas

Save money, save energy, and build smart with 53 pages of products & projects for a safer, healthier home

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Workshop

 

Workshop

Ask This Old House

Bonus expanded edition: You ask, our experts answer

Skill Building

Cutting glass panes; installing a new stop valve; and more

Norm's Notebook

Tips on using a cabinet scraper from the [ITALIC "TOH"] master carpenter

Directory

Find the products and services featured in this issue

Ask This Old House

Bonus expanded edition: You ask, our experts answer

Skill Building

Cutting glass panes; installing a new stop valve; and more

Norm's Notebook

Tips on using a cabinet scraper from the [ITALIC "TOH"] master carpenter

Directory

Find the products and services featured in this issue

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Features

 

Features

The Recycled, Repurposed, Nontoxic House

How one family followed green building principles in the remodel and expansion of their 1940 cottage.

Healthy Home Ingredients

New home products that are smart, earth-friendly, and just plain handsome

Little Things Mean a Lot

22 low-stress steps you can take to create a safer, healthier home and save yourself a few bucks

Sum of Its Parts

Demolishing an old house needn't be a total loss if its period materials are preserved and recycled, piece by piece

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Departments

 

Departments

Kitchen Design

Opening up a cramped, dated kitchen to the TV room

Around My House

Confessions of an eco-geek

Landscaping

Secrets of a less-lawn yard

Green House

One couple's eco-sensitive, super-efficient, and stylish dream home

Salvage

Stained-glass windows

Energy Savings

Tighten up with an energy audit

Materials

Smarter, healthier choices for all the parts of your house

Toolbox

Unplug your next project: Use hand tools

Upkeep

Spot-repairing shellacked woodwork

Homeowner's Handbook

Replacing a dishwasher

Save This Old House

Oh, the stories this 18th-century tavern in Halifax County, Virginia, could tell...

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Shortcuts

 

Shortcuts

Bonus Feature (p. 12)

Everyday Green Projects

How-to videos that'll help save water, energy, money, and your family's health [XLINK {http://search.thisoldhouse.com/TOHSearch/toh/search/search.html?type=et%3Avideo%3B&search=green&bu=} {more}]

Water the Lawn With Your Saturday Night Bath (p. 26)

Harvesting Water With Rain Barrels

Learn how to catch and use rainwater [XLINK {1180779} {more}]

Kitchen Design (p. 29)

New Cabinets Not in the Budget? New Paint Is Almost as Good

How to transform your kitchen with a paintbrush [XLINK {http://thisoldhouse.com/painting-cabinets} {more}]

My Harebrained Green Schemes (p. 35)

New Homeowner Stories

Find new homeowner stories and tell [ITALIC "TOH"] editors your own [XLINK {http://advice.thisoldhouse.com/forumdisplay.php?f=362} {more}]

Ending the Turf Wars (p. 39)

Tread On Me

Low-growing, tough-underfoot plants soften the edges of garden paths and patios [XLINK {1078321} {more}]

Stylish and Sustainable (p. 45)

Saving Up By Saving Water

Five simple ways for homeowners to save water [XLINK {1543477} {more}]

Use Water Wisely [XLINK {http://www.wateruseitwisely.com} {more}]

The Scoop on Solar (p. 48)

Tax Incentives

Get a state-by-state breakdown of incentives [XLINK {http://www.dsireusa.org} {more}]

Divining Uses for Stained Glass (p. 55

Build a Bar Cabinet

Step-by-Step Guide for Building a Stylish Bar Cabinet [XLINK {20058057} {more}]

Building a Bar Cabinet Video [XLINK {20078245} {more}]

Detecting Drafts (p. 59)

The Newton TV House

See the renovation in real time on the webcams [XLINK {http://www.thisoldhouse.com/newton} {more}]

Read Paul and Maddy's blog [XLINK {http://oldhousemyhouse.thisoldhouse.com} {more}]

Building Green (p. 65)

Forever Green

5 traditional building products boast eco-friendly qualities [XLINK {1548032} {more}]

Toolhugger (p. 71)

Heirloom Tools

Tools your kids will fight over when you're dead [XLINK {1545961} {more}]

Give it a Shellacking (p. 77)

Face-Lift for an Old Door

A pro's secrets for rejuvenating weather-beaten wood [XLINK {1210355} {more}]

Installing a Dishwasher (p. 81)

How to Replace a Dishwasher

With [ITALIC "This Old House"] plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey [XLINK {1630952} {more}]

The Recycled, Repurposed, Nontoxic House (p. 88)

Planning a Green Remodel

Tackling any redo is difficult, but making it an eco-friendly one adds to the challenge [XLINK {1589664} {more}]

Healthy Home Ingredients (p. 99)

Green Showrooms

Eco-friendly design ideas and inspiration [XLINK {20058408} {more}]

Sum of its Parts (p. 104)

Salvage

New ideas for using rescued architectural details in your home [XLINK {http://www.thisoldhouse.com/salvage} {more}]

Ask This Old House (p. 112)

More Q&A

Find out how to fix all your house problems [XLINK { http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/tv/ask-toh} {more}]

Skill Building (p. 119)

Adding Shut-Off Valves

Making this simple change will yield a lifetime of convenience and ensure a quick response [XLINK {http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/article/0,,193777,00.html} {more}]

Norm's Notebook (p. 123)

Online Notebook

More tips and techniques from [ITALIC "TOH's"] master carpenter [XLINK {http://www.thisoldhouse.com/Norm} {more}]

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