Energy Issue

idea file

October 2010 Idea File

100-Year-Old Cottage, 21st-Century Remodel

A couple's eco-friendly choices transform a circa 1910 house into an energy-efficient "living lab"

Slash Your Utility Bills With a DIY Energy Audit

Find and fix 12 energy-sucking, money-wasting problem areas

Before + After: Kitchen

The right redo recipe lets a Victorian-era rowhouse's eatery keep its flavor while updating its efficiency


Trees and shrubs that will give your landscape dazzling fall foliage

Lessons Learned

Advice for nine readers on how to cope with their remodeling goofs and get it right next time

American Craftsman

Charles Peterson turns wood floors into hand-fashioned works of art

Vintage Bath on a Budget

Follow a DIY couple's example to create your own dream bath

TOH tv

October 2010 TOH TV

Get the Lead Out

Addressing hidden dangers at the new project house


October 2010 Upgrades


Recycled, reclaimed, repurposed products

Get This Look

Rustic reclaimed workspace

Price Wise

Smart smoke alarms

Build It or Buy It

Small bookcase

All About

Gas fireplaces

home solutions

October 2010 Home Solutions

Home Solutions

Let your pumpkins light the way this Halloween; use a pro's tips to reupholster a chair seat; peruse TOH staffers' greener cleaning product picks; and more

how-to projects

October 2010 How-to Projects

Paint Ideas

Give your walls the look of custom wallpaper with a store-bought stamp

Whaddaya Call It?

Exhaust-fan ventilation system

Weekend Remodel

Extend your gardening time with a cold frame made from a salvaged window and rot-resistant planks

ask this old house

October 2010 Ask TOH

Q + A

Get the drip out of frost-proof handles; find and fix a basement-wall leak; remove a glass-block shower wall; repair a wind-whacked storm door; and more

What Product When

Circular saws


Insulate your walls

Tool Test

Compound miter saws

Norm's Tricks of the Trade

Learn where to locate deck footings

in every issue

October 2010 In Every Issue

Letter From This Old House

The haunting


Easy ways to improve your home right now

Home News

Check the law before hatching your poultry plans; 2010 Best Old-House Neighborhood; and more

Save This Old House

Own an 1850s farmhouse in Pekin, Ind.


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Letter from This Old House

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Home News

See all 51 Best Old-House Neighborhoods


Before & After: Kitchen

Find ways to use reclaimed wood



Pinpoint your growing zone on our interactive map


Lessons Learned

Learn from TOH editors' goofs
Get tips on putting down a bluestone patio
Make a bleaching poultice to remove stains from marble


Build It or Buy It: Small Bookcase

Download a cut list for the bookcase
Check out other bookcase design projects:
How to build a small bookcase
How to build a bookcase
Bookcase basics


TOH TV: Get the Lead Out

See a video of TOH general contractor Tom Silva taking on termites


Vintage Bath on a Budget

See additional ways to save on a vintage bath


Save This Old House

• Know about a gem worth saving? Tell us about it


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