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June 2000

WINTER TV PROJECT

FROM THE ARTIST’S HAND

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backyard dot com

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yellow rose of texas

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WINTER TV PROJECT

FROM THE ARTIST’S HAND

Seven masters embellish a simple bungalow with finely crafted finishes

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backyard dot com

Several years ago, I set out to build a backyard pond. After logging onto the Web to research the project, I drove to the closest nursery—90 minutes away—and packed my car with the gear that I’d learned about online, from a rubber liner to a half-dozen fish.

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yellow rose of texas

it was pity, not love, that first drew Matthew Cox to the house on one of Houston’s oldest streets. Cox spied the humble one-story, wood-frame home with its long, deep porch during a 1995 tour of the historic Houston neighborhood called the Old Sixth Ward.

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departments

ASK NORM

Solutions for wobbly decks, stained ceilings, leaking roofs
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HOMEOWNER'S HANDBOOK

BEADBOARD WAINSCOTING

"Wainscoting is one of the things I love adding to a house,” says Tom Silva, long-time contractor for This Old House. “I use it in pantries, hallways—any area where the wall could get worn or damaged,” he says. “It protects the wall and looks good at the same time.”

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FINANCES

All the Right Moves

How to choose a moving company that will treat you—and your possessions—right

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MATERIALS

Vintage Fir

The best Douglas fir doesn't come from the forest anymore

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Hilary and Steve Chasin weren’t looking for the usual real-estate selling points as they house-hunted in tree-lined Munsey Park, on New York’s Long Island, four years ago. They didn’t need a half-dozen bedrooms or a gourmet kitchen. “Basically, we wanted a screened porch with a house attached,” says Hilary, a 41-year-old marketing executive.

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TECHNOLOGY

The Sounds of Summer

The latest crop of high-fidelity speakers proves tough enough to survive the great outdoors

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the details

lounge ACTS

sit back and relax on an outdoor chaise

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