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April 2006

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backyard from scratch

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TRANSFORMATIONS

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desk set

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backyard from scratch

7 features that will transform a plain stretch of lawn into a lush landscape you'll really use and enjoy

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TRANSFORMATIONS

We were instantly taken with Ulster County when we visited friends there one weekend in 1990. Just two hours north of our apartment in New York City, it was still small-town rural, punctuated with 18th-century limestone houses. So Marilu and I started looking for a weekend retreat, but there were no rentals to be had.

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desk set

Sometimes a laptop on the kitchen table just doesn't cut it. Here's what you need to know to design, build, and boot up your own home office

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HOMEOWNER'S HANDBOOK

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MOST PORCH CEILINGS ARE COVERED, at the least, with plywood—which is the perfect substrate for a high-grade finish like beadboard. However, if for some reason the joists of your porch roof are exposed, don’t fret; you can either put up sheets of plywood first or, if your joists run parallel to the house, tack the beadboard right to them.
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FROM THE TOH TV JOBS ITE

TOH TV TAKES THE CHILL OFF MODERN

How to use natural materials, well-crafted details, and open-plan spaces to make a minimalist house warm and inviting

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WORKSHOP

Ask This Old House

Tom Silva replies: A stair railing won’t move if all the connections are rigid. That means each baluster has to be solidly connected to the handrail and to its tread, and the handrail has to be solidly connected to newel posts bolted or screwed securely to the floor joists.
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WORKSHOP

Skill Building

Like anything mechanical, the mortise locks found in old doors collect dust and dirt and eventually stop working as smoothly as they once did. When that happens, it’s time to clean and lubricate the moving parts, something best done with the lock out of the door.
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HOUSE CALLS

Q We're about to break through a wall to create a large family room and kitchen. What elements can we put in our new space to make it kid-friendly?

AA KID-FRIENDLYKITCHEN IS WELLCONNECTED-to other rooms, to the outdoors, and between all the varied work areas. It also has low-maintenance materials and easy-to-access fixtures and appliances that are fun for children to use. Here are a few of my favorite techniques for creating a family space.

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KITCHEN DESIGN

It's a Natural

Years of designing kitchens taught this pro to keep her own clean, green, and affordable

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TOOLBOX

Claw Hammers

Here’s a look at what's new with the world's oldest tool

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