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May 2000

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WINTER TV PROJECT/SANTA BARBARA

bracing for the BIG ONE

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WRAPPED IN wood

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How to fix cold crawl spaces, sagging roofs, and ugly concrete walls

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WINTER TV PROJECT/SANTA BARBARA

bracing for the BIG ONE

Contractor Steve Crawford didn’t expect to unearth a code-perfect concrete foundation under Jan Winford’s house, This Old House's latest winter project. But what he actually found—a 93-year-old melange of unreinforced concrete, crumbling old brick, and hollow clay tiles dug just six inches into the ground—left him stunned.

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WRAPPED IN wood

as any home-improvement expert will tell you: Wood and water don’t mix, especially in the bathroom, where humidity levels are notoriously high. For years, builders and contractors have been understandably skittish about using wood for anything other than vanities—or for accent trim—because, improperly treated and maintained, it will warp, crack, and rot in a moist environment, where condensation occurs.

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a tale of two stories

Max Salvatore loves to have a good time, And he especially likes to tell a good story, In fact, it was his passion for local legend that drew the New York businessman to a 2,000-squarefoot "beach shack" in Hampton Bays, Long Island, Nestled among old maple trees off a winding road dotted with farms and fields, the house was once the weekend haunt of Jack Kriendler, an original co-owner of New York’s "21” Club, a famous speakeasy of the Prohibition Era (now a restaurant), Max and his wife, Diane, fell for the place right away, "The house is just oozing with history,” says Salvatore.

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FINANCES

Move or Improve?

A growing family. An undersized house. How to assess your options

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TRANSFORMATIONS

Viva Victorian

A North Carolina couple restores a dilapidated 1880s house to its former glory

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CARVING OUT A KITCHEN

An old garage makes way for an expansive family gathering place

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HOT TO POT

Almost any place can become a garden and almost any plant can be cultivated— even when soil, climate, and location seem to indicate otherwise. How? In decorative pots, urns, and tubs—almost anything that has a drainage hole. A vast array of plants can thrive in containers, from trailing ivy, cactus, and sedum to boxwood trimmed into a topiary and dwarf evergreen trees tamed by bonsai enthusiasts.

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EQUIPMENT

Clearing the Air

proper ventilation Keeps grease and steam out of the kitchen

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BY DESIGN

A Sense of History

From refurbished stoves to vintage-style hardware—products and ideas to build a period look into a renovated kitchen

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