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December 1998

an american craftsman

THE MASTER OF liquid stone

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dream house steal these looks

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an american craftsman

THE MASTER OF liquid stone

Buddy Rhodes invented his own craft, turning unglamorous concrete into bathtubs, countertops, coffee tables, mantels, sinks and crown moldings. Now, no one can get enough of it.

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dream house steal these looks

Five exciting ways to apply the inspiring design of our Dream House to your house

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“Roofing grit is used as a UV block to protect the underlying material in asphalt and other shingles. If the grit has come off, that means that portions of your roof are unprotected and deteriorating.”

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LETTER FROM A COUNTRY HOUSE

winter

winter

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sounding the alarm

Home security systems have never been more popular—but experts warn they may not be the crime stoppers their proponents claim they are.

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POWER TOOL

MERRILY, WE SCROLL ALONG

Scroll saws cut tight, smooth curves—and they’re fun too

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WATERTOWN/THE TV PROJECT

RAISE A BEAM, FIX A FLOOR PLAN

Can’t visualize your renovation when it’s just drawings? Try this smart strategy from Tom Silva. First he puts up a beam of engineered lumber to support the ceilings. Then he knocks down all the walls. When Norm Abram, Steve Thomas and the home owners come by, Tom asks them to test the layout by walking through the actual space

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MATERIALS WE LOVE

GORGEOUS GRANITE

Tough, trendy and getting more affordable all the time

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a designer's own kitchen

A serious and elegant work space emerges from the collaboration of an interioi designer, a cabinetmaker and the irrepressible Silva Brothers construction crew

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OFF THE WALL

MAKING IT UP AS YOU GO ALONG

When home improvement becomes home improvisation

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