Cut Energy Costs, Keep the Comfort


Ask This Old House

Batproof windows; sharpen a shovel; replacement trees; and more Q & A

Norm's Notebook

TOH master carpenter Norm Abram on hand-sawing like the pros


Find the products and services featured in this issue


Small Fixes, Big Payoff

Careful alterations make a vintage cottage more livable without sacrificing any of its charm

Her Patch of Green

A homeowner creates a sustainable garden, complete with fruits, vegetables, rabbits, and chicken

Black & Blue Thumb Awards

A dozen DIYers share their tales of woe and lessons learned

How Homeowners Are Saving Energy[EMDASH]and Money

Ten couples will cut $12,275 off their bills this year[EMDASH]see if what works for them can work for you, too

Family Project

Attract feathered friends to your yard with an easy-to-build bird feeder


Kitchen Design

Victorian style meets 21st-century convenience in a redo that creates some much-needed space


Give vintage shutters new life as cabinet doors

Home Tech

Using energy-saving CFLs doesn't mean you have to look green, too

From the TOH TV Job Site

The next project: Tom Silva and his crew build an old-style prefab house

Special: Debris Disposal 101

Smart ways to get rid of renovation waste[EMDASH]and save yourself some dough


Repairing and refinishing old windows


Back to cutting basics with 8 of our favorite handsaws


Install a ceiling medallion[EMDASH]in 3 hours

Save This Old House

An 1840s Greek Revival on Indiana farmland needs your help


Web Highlights (p. 9)

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Around the House (p. 15)

Send Us Your Tips

Submit your favorite tips more

Kitchen Design (p. 23)

Old Fashion, New Function

More storage ideas more

Salvage (p. 29)

Reusing Interior Shutters

Watch the complete step-by-step for making the bifold cabinet door more

Home Tech (p. 33)

Your CFL Problems Solved

Find which CFLs work best with your fixtures more

TOH TV (p. 39)

Building a Prefab House

Read the homeowners blog more

Watch webcams of the project being finished more

Special (p. 43)

Debris Disposal 101

Find more about making your job site green more

Upkeep (p. 47)

Save That Sash

Watch TOH general contractor Tom Silva free a window that was painted shut more

Learn how to add weatherstripping to windows more

Toolbox (p. 53)

When Push Comes to Cut

Learn about pull-stroke Japanese-style handsaws more

Step-by-Step (p. 61)

Installing a Ceiling Medallion

Hanging a chandelier more

Installing a ceiling fan more

Chandelier buying guide more

Vintage Cottage (p. 69)

Small Fixes, Big Payoff

Learn more about tankless water heaters more

Her Patch of Green (p. 77)

A humble backyard supports a sustainable garden

Get tips from This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook on installing a rain barrel more

The Second Annual Black and Blue Thumb Awards (p. 82)

Home-Repair Blunders

Share your own Black and Blue Thumb stories more

These Savvy Homeowners Will Save $12,275 on Their Energy Bills (p. 86)

By putting power-saving technologies to work inside their homes

Learn more about the technologies in this story and get other energy-saving tips more

Family Project (p. 97)

Building a Bird Feeder

Watch a video of building this bird feeder more

Download full-size templates more

See all family projects more

Ask This Old House (p. 107)

Hiding Beadboard Gaps

This Old House general contractor Tom Silva demonstrates his techniques for installing beadboard wainscot more

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