49 Easy Home Upgrades

Instant gratification gardening, one-hour home improvements, quick kitchen and bath upgrades, five seasonal maintenance projects, and the easiest, most stylish salvage project to spruce up your house for the fall

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Workshop

 

Workshop

Ask This Old House

Waterproofing a double-decker porch; sump pumps; and more Q & A

Skill Building

Cutting new flooring to match the old; installing art tile; and more

Norm's Notebook

Tips on rakes from [ITALIC {TOH}] master carpenter Norm Abram

Directory

Find the products and services featured in this issue

Ask This Old House

Waterproofing a double-decker porch; sump pumps; and more Q & A

Skill Building

Cutting new flooring to match the old; installing art tile; and more

Norm's Notebook

Tips on rakes from [ITALIC {TOH}] master carpenter Norm Abram

Directory

Find the products and services featured in this issue

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Features

 

Features

First Class

Where others saw only a grim, decommissioned post office, one woman envisioned a warm and elegant home

Flirting With Disaster

How to squeak out of nine household emergencies—and prevent them from happening in the first place

Inside Out

With an 11-week deadline, one couple built a screened porch and a pergola that look like they've always been part of their 1881 home

When Sweat Equity Is the OnlyWay Home

Katrina's long aftermath: How one New Orleans father and his grown sons are rebuilding with little money, but lots of determination

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Departments

 

Departments

Bath Design

Adusty, ill-conceived attic bath becomes a sleek, period-look retreat

Kitchen Design

A cramped 1950s eat-in kitchen gets opened up to make space for extended family to cook, munch, and hang out

Luxuries

Artisanal tile adds a custom touch

Behind the Scenes

How does [ITALIC {TOH}]TVchoose a house for the show?

Around My House

The confessions of a non–"tool guy"

Salvage

Vintage metal doorknobs

Green House

Pop quiz! How eco-savvy are you?

Kitchen & Bath Special

We pick the newest,coolest products

Upkeep

How to replace rotted porch floorboards

Toolbox

Rakes for every task

Homeowner's Handbook

Building a fire pit

Save This Old House

Beneath the clapboards of this Indiana farmhouse is a 130-year-old log cabin

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Around the house

 

Around the house

What Old Tools Can Teach Us

One man's vintage collection is a blueprint to authentic restorations

One-hour Projects

Got 60 minutes? Here are five projects you could've finished already

Fall Gardening

Fall planting ideas that add color and interest to summer-weary beds and borders...fast

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Shortcuts

 

Shortcuts

October Web Highlights

Green Remodeling Ideas: Save money, save energy, and build smart with 53 pages of products & projects for a safer, healthier home [XLINK {http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/shortcuts/0,,20058132,00.html} {more}]

Bonus Feature (p. 12)

Crown Molding

Get step-by-step instructions for installing crown molding, plus hundreds of other how-to projects [XLINK {http://www.thisoldhouse.com/crown} {more}]

Save on Heat Costs (p. 20)

Insulation

Tips on insulating your home [XLINK {1209167} {more}]

Instant-Gratification Gardening (p. 24)

Fall Plants

Find more options for colorful fall plants [XLINK {http://www.thisoldhouse.com/fall-color} {more}]

Groundwork (p. 28)

Online Videos with Roger Cook

Mulching Plant Beds[XLINK {1639669} {more}]

Planting Spring Bulbs[XLINK {20045305} {more}]

Winterizing Shrubs[XLINK {1639306} {more}]

Bath Design (p. 32)

Bath Design Solutions

Learn how other [ITALIC "TOH"] readers solved their bath design problems[XLINK {http://www.thisoldhouse.com/bath-design} {more}]

Kitchen Design (p. 35

Kitchen Islands

Check out our photo gallery of kitchen island designs[XLINK {http://www.thisoldhouse.com/islands} {more}]

Art Tile (p. 41)

Backsplash Bonanza

Everything you need to know about adding a tile, solid-surface or[EMDASH] surprise[EMDASH]even a metal or glass backsplash [XLINK {191217} {more}]

So You Think You Wanna Be on TV (p. 47)

Tune In

The new season of [ITALIC "This Old House"] premieres on PBS in October. Get your local listings [XLINK {http://www.thisoldhouse.com/tvschedule} {more}]

A Toolish Fella (p. 53)

New Homeowner Stories

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

Vintage Metal Doorknobs (p. 77)

New Video

Watch step-by-step instuctions on how to build a doorknowb coatrack [XLINK {http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/video/0,,20049453,00.html} {more}]

Way Beyond the Basics (p. 67)

Cool, New, and Headed to You

Get the scoop on the latest tools and trends for the home [XLINK {http://www.thisoldhouse.com/builders-show} {more}]

Front Porch Fix-Up (p. 83)

Installing a Beadboard Porch Ceiling

Step-by-step instructions for dressing up your porch ceiling [XLINK {1174950} {more}]

Reinventing the Rake (p. 89)

Keep Your Leaves Under Control

So you've raked the leaves into a pile-now what [XLINK {http://hardwareaisle.thisoldhouse.com/2007/08/the-aqua-net-fo.html} {more}]

Building a Fire Pit (p. 93)

Step-by-Step Projects

Find the six most-requested how-to projects [XLINK {http://www.thisoldhouse.com/handbook} {more}]

First Class (p. 100)

Reuse Projects

Check out 10 more amazing reuse projects, or send us your own [XLINK {20052183} {more}]

Inside Out (p. 112)

Screening Rooms

Screened porches don't have to be ordinary [XLINK {203268} {more}]

When Sweat Equity is the Only Way Home (p. 116)

Rebuilding New Orleans

Video portraits and photos of New Orleans families who are rebuilding [XLINK {http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/info/0,,20052706,00.html} {more}]

Ask This Old House (p. 127)

5 Fall Maintenance Projects

Installing a Sump Pump [XLINK {1631605} {more}]

Insulating a Window with Sash Weights [XLINK {20051453} {more}]

Maintaining a Steam Radiator [XLINK {1638785} {more}]

Insulating an Attic [XLINK {20051865} {more}]

Repairing Exterior Shutters [XLINK {1632408} {more}]

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