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January | February 2005

ON THE COVER

Ask THIS OLD HOUSE

TRANSFORMATIONS

GETTING GOTHIC RIGHT

HOMEWNER'S HANDBOOK

OVERVIEW

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ON THE COVER

Ask THIS OLD HOUSE

Four years ago my husband and I purchased the property next door. We had no plans at the time to restore the old stone house on the property, but now I feel it’s a shame to tear it down or let it waste away. Our best guess is that the place was built in the 1700s.
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TRANSFORMATIONS

GETTING GOTHIC RIGHT

When my husband, John, took a temporary teaching job at Carlton College in Northfield, Minnesota, it meant packing up our loft in New York City for life in a small town. I was game. After all, it would only be for two years. But I also needed something to do, since there wasn’t a big demand for caterers in Northfield.

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HOMEWNER'S HANDBOOK

OVERVIEW

There are some basic rules for installing crown molding that you can pick up anywhere, but the best way to master them is to watch a pro. When we asked Tom Silva to show us how he puts up crown, his 40 years of experience became evident right away.
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FEATURES

BARN AGAIN

A new timber-frame house draws its inspiration and form from the old barn it replaces

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THE SUM OF ITS PARTS

A 165-year-old house reclaims its architectura! integrity after decades of additions

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MATERIALS

True Faux

Wood, stone, and plaster look-alikes so convincing you’d swear they’re the real thing

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FEATURES

KITCHEN CONFIDENTIAL

It's the most lived-in room in your house—even if you don't cook much. So whether you're planning a new kitchen from scratch or just making a few improvements, here's how a design pro navigates the choices— with ideas that can work at your house, too

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A STEP ABOVE

Six classic ways to take a staircase from bland to grand ABOVE A STEP

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STYLE AND THE HOME

The Art Of the Frame

Carved, gilded, inlaid, or plain, vintage frames are worthy of a place on the wall— whether or not they hold a picture

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FEATURES

SPRING FEVER

When the season turns chilly, a gardener's imagination heats up

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