Design the Perfect Remodel

From baths to backyards, plan well, avoid mistakes, and save money


Ask This Old House

Water-saving landscape strategies, painting over paneling, and more Q&A

Skill Building

Painting porch rails; hanging a trellis

Norm's Notebook

TOH master carpenter Norm Abram's techniques for chisel use and care

Resource Directory

Find the products and services featured in this issue


A Perfect Addition

A kitchen wing added on to a classic foursquare uses period woodwork to bridge past and present

Breezy Retreat

The secret to building a three-season porch without the high cost of custom windows and carpentry

Building Character

Wood moldings—crown, casing, chair rail, baseboard—bring definition and style to a house. Here are basics you should consider before you hit the lumberyard

Polishing Up a Craftsman Gem

With creative cost-saving, help from friends, and two years of sweat equity, this homeowner brought a 1910 near-ruin back to life

101 Tips

The best time-saving, money-saving, marriage-saving, life-saving, really useful nuggets of wisdom from the past 100 issues of TOH magazine


Kitchen Design

A sophisticated and colorful eat-in kitchen that can handle a crowd

Bath Design

Classic details and spa appointments in a his-and-hers master bath


Hinges are like fine jewelry for cabinets


The right foundation plants will boost your house's curb appeal


Reviving and reusing old porch railings

Green House

Improve your indoor air quality


Chisels: Which ones do I need?


A 5-point fall inspection list every homeowner should follow

How It Works

Induction cooking

Homeowner's Handbook

Installing a lamppost

Save This Old House

Be an urban pioneer with this 1880's Cinncinati townhouse for only $50K


New TOH Blogs! (p. 14)

Old House My House

Life in front of the camera and behind the scenes at my This Old House renovation....more

The Hardware Aisle

What's new in tools and home products from the editors at TOH Magazine....more

Secret Sources

Where to go for hard-to-find home products....more

The Shelter Life

One woman's obsession with the architecture, design, and renovation of homes....more

Be Safe in the Storm (p. 14)

Shelter from the Storm

Hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, blizzards — any season can be storm season. Is your house ready?....more

Photo Galleries (p. 14)

From shared baths to outdoor kitchens, find tons of inspirational photos....more

How We Cut Energy Costs (p. 14)

Poll Results

We ask a new question every week, so homeowners around the world can weigh in on what they're thinking and doing. Here's what you've told us lately:....more

TOH TV (p. 14)

The webcams are on in East Boston....more

Show Us Your House! (p. 14)

This Old House Community

Here's your chance to do it yourself on Access photo galleries of visitor renovations, fan galleries, games, discussion forums and more....more

Expand a Kitchen Without Expanding Your Home's Footprint

Make a house more functional by knocking down walls....more

Perfect Pairing (p. 37)

Don't Split Your Bath. Zone it

How a shared space was divvied up into his and her spheres, then unified with a turn-of-the-century treatment....more

Swingers (p. 41)

Door Hinges

Lining up a door with its frame to install door hinges....more

Fixing Loose Hinge Holes

Stopping the wiggle in your cabinet doors....more

Air Aid (p. 55)

Clearing the Air

Whole-house and portable filters trap dust, pollen....more

Get Indoor Contaminants Before They Get You

Where are you storing the 80 pounds of dust your home gains every year?....more

Fall Inspection Guide (p. 63)

Downloadable Fall Inspection Checklist

Fall is the time to give your house its annual physical — before winter's harsh weather sets in....more

Installing a Lamppost (p. 71)

Light Where You Need It

A common sense approach to outdoor lighting....more

A Perfect Addition (p. 79)

Location, Location, Location

An architect's advice for where to put the addition....more

Screening Rooms

Screened porches don't have to be ordinary....more

Building Character (p. 88)

Installing Crown Molding

Tom Silva shows you how to add sculptural interest to rooms with this architectural element ....more

Crown Molding Photo Gallery

A simple angled piece of carved wood at the ceiling can turn a plain-box room into a finished masterpiece. Check out these crown molding designs, from the sleek to the multi-peaked....more

Want a Room With More Stature? Start With the Baseboards

Tom Silva shows how to install baseboards that become visual anchors for any room....more

Your Basement: Why Add on When You Can Add Under?

Leaving your basement blank is like leaving money on the table. Here's how to fix its problems and make it a showcase....[XLINK {203168} {more}]

101 Tips (p. 98)

We Need Your Advice!

We're celebrating our 101st magazine issue with a month of our best — and your best — online tips. Come back to our homepage every day in September to read our latest tips and post your own — right alongside of ours! Start posting September 1st....more

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