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Workshop

Home Center Project

Corral your portable electronics with a charging station made from stock moldings

Weekend Remodel

Lay a broken bluestone patio

Q + A

Is gray water safe for veggies?; fix a sagging gate; repair wood siding gouges; and more

Norm's Tricks of the Trade

Fill the gap between a storage cabinet and a closet wall; snap a straight chalk line

Reader Tool Test

Cordless string trimmers

Checklist

Easy ways to improve your home right now

Home News

Wipe away lead; window-replacement tax credit; water heaters get Energy Star status; and more

Features

Before + After: Kitchen

A light-filled plan opens up a 1949 cottage's pinched cooking quarters

Photoshop Redo

Craftsman details and a warmer color palette freshen up a brick house's facade

Eat Out More Often

Get pro advice for adding a backyard kitchen without going overboard on cost

Vintage Bath at a Budget Price

From sinks to sconces, TOH editors help you get a high-end look with lower-priced fixtures and finishes

Reader Remodel

A Montana couple transforms a crumbling 1901 Dutch Colonial Revival into their forever home

Small-Space Solutions

Nine tips and tricks that made a family of five's tight quarters seem positively palatial

Price Wise

Patio umbrellas

Get This Look

Farmhouse porch

Build It or Buy It

Lean-to shed for garden tools

All About

Composite decking

Departments

Paint Ideas

Step up your stairs' style with a ruglike enamel runner

Landscaping

Seven design tips for artfully placing container plantings

Whaddaya Call It?

Keep the barbeque fire burning safely with this gas-grill guide

Shortcuts

Thisoldhouse.com (p. 9)

Great Last-Minute Ways to Make Mom Happy

10 smart money-saving gifts for Mom more

12 great gifts for Mom's breakfast in bed more

15 fast growers for Mom's cutting garden more

More ideas for Mother's Day more

Get Our Gadget

The latest home-improvement advice and news delivered daily to your website, blog, or iGoogle page more

Letter (p. 13)

Why You Should DIY Unto Others

Set your to-do list aside and check out where you can volunteer more

Rebuilding Together

Homes for Our Troops

Habitat for Humanity

Reader Mail (p. 14)

The Man Has a Point

Scott's April letter more

Letters defending Scott more

Longest Unfinished Project

Share photos and descriptions of the DIY project you just can't get around to finishing

Stories Mentioned on the Reader Mail Page

Smart Storage Solutions more

50 Nifty Tricks for Big DIY Savings more

Everything You Need to Rewire a Light Fixture more

Boost Your Curb Appeal more

Checklist (p. 16)

Prep Patio Furniture

Need to replace webbing or make other fixes? Learn how to tackle them more

Home Solutions (p. 21)

Ladder Plant Stand

Find tips and tricks for successful container gardening more

10 Uses

Learn new ways to use leftover materials

Prudent Pit Practices

Tips on safely quenching a fire at home more

Before and After: Kitchen (p. 29)

Lose a Wall, Gain a Workable Space

How to install a tile backsplash more

Help! (p. 41)

I Have No Clue Where to Start

How to work with architects and contractors more

Landscaping (p. 45)

Make It Yourself

Find step-by-step instructions for making a hypertufa trough more

Fountain How-To

Learn how to turn a container into a water feature more

Build It Or Buy It (p. 52)

Garden Tools Shed

Check out other kinds of storage units more

Whaddaya Call It? (p. 59)

Cooking With Gas

See 15 sharp grills more

Find more maintenance advice more

Home Center Project (p. 60)

Turning Molding Into a Charging Station

Follow a detailed step-by-step of this project more

Weekend Remodel (p. 63)

Lay a Bluestone Patio

See other flowers and herbs that grow well between stones more

Outdoor Kitchen Special (p. 68)

Eat Out More Often

Get pointers on making your own outdoor kitchen island more

Remodel (p. 74)

Vintage Bath at a Budget Price

Find other ways to give your bath a vintage look more

Reader Remodel (p. 60)

After 23 Moves We Finally Found Our Forever Home

Learn how to install beadboard wainscoting more

TV Project (p. 86)

9 Small Space Solutions

See time-lapse photos of the house's renovation

Read the homeowners' blog

All About: Composite Decking (p. 92)

Follow a Pro

How to Install Composite Decking more

Deck Gallery

Read more inspiring deck designs more

Not Just for Decking

Learn how to turn composite boards on their edges to make the curved borders for a brick walkway more

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