Secrets of Renovation from the Pros

Arm yourself with information about how to do it yourself or hire the best person to do it for you



Secret Service

Dumbwaiters provide an elevating experience. By Douglas Gantenbein

Need to Know

Bathroom Faucets

How your fixture goes with the flow. By Max Alexander


All Squared Away

The right way to replace a cracked bathroom tile. By Erica Sanders


Space Mission

A tiny house lands more room - without an addition. By Ethan Watters


Barrier Method

Baring the mysteries of housewrap. By Jeanne Huber

Talking Shop

Tools of Destruction

Walls come tumbling down with these demolition aids. By Jordan Reed

By Design

Facing Facts

Brighten dingy cabinetry with new veneer and doors. By John Riha


A House Divided

With two floors devoted to a rental unit, the design for the Charlestown project carves out space. By Jefferson Kolle

Courting the Contractor

How to make a builder say "I do" to your project - and finish it on time and on budget. By Anne Krueger

Rural Revival

A decrepit Michigan farmhouse blossoms into a beautiful summer retreat. By John Riha

Homeowner's Handbook

Hanging a Light Fixture

Electrician Allen Gallant illuminates this procedure. By Charles Wardell

Labor of Love

A renovation can ruin a relationship; this Connecticut job ended with a marriage. By Jill Kirchner Simpson

Lush Life

A sparer, whole-yard approach to landscaping uproots the old "cover and smother" look. By Susan Green

Poster: Entry Doors

A dozen classic styles that make a grand entrance. By Jordan Reed and Nancy Lackman



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Ask the Expert:

Fine framing, knob jobs, and methods for mouldings.

House Calls With Steve:

A busy bachelor orders up a new kitchen.

Letter From This Old House:

Richard cells out.

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