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December 2006

SECRET SOURCES 06

TRANSFORMATIONS

Righting a Bungled BUNGALOW

features

behind CLOSED doors

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SECRET SOURCES 06

Psst. Hey, you. Wanna know whose got the best hardware? Or where to find that architectural grille you’ve been hunting for? Come in, close the door, and we’ll tell you a secret. Finding out where to get home products isn’t always so furtive, but it sometimes feels that way.

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TRANSFORMATIONS

Righting a Bungled BUNGALOW

The outside was slathered in nasty pink stucco, the inside flaking with peeling peach paint. But underneath it all, a reluctant renovator and his wife discovered a 1911 Craftsman showpiece

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features

behind CLOSED doors

Whether it's a simple shelf-lined closet or a pantry is the single best solution to kitchen overflow a fully plumbed room ringed with cabinetry Here's how to fit one into your home

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FINDING SPACE

The Bonus Bath

Our pro crew offers advice on how to add another wash-up-and-shower space—without adding on

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HOMEOWNER’S HANDBOOK

Installing a Mantel

THE STOCKINGS ARE HUNG BY THE CHIMNEY, but who cares? That mantel they’re strung from is a joke. Its boring profile may have looked pretty festive dressed up on holidays past, but we all know that sagging shelf’s barely fit to foot a mug of eggnog.

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workshop

Ask This Old House

Tom Silva replies: Holding a level vertically against a jamb is a fine way to check for plumb, until its vials get out of whack. I never question a plumb bob’s accuracy, and it’s a lot easier to carry around. Plus, I can hang doors faster with a bob and string.
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gift guide

hands-on holiday

What’s better than getting tools as gifts? Getting a project to use the tools on. We came up with 4 dream gift packages for the house fanatic in your life

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SALVAGE

French Doors With Vintage Flair

Use old windowed doors to bring the outside in and create breezy transitions between interior rooms

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AROUND MY HOUSE

She Saws, He Sautés

My wife fixes up the house. I fix dinner. Who knew that owning a home would bring out her inner Norm Abram?

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HOUSE CALLS

HOUSE CALLS

IT WOULD VASTLY SIMPLIFY MATTERS, of course, if one of you preferred the dinner shift and the other handled breakfast. But short of turning your living room into a second kitchen or flipping a coin to decide who gets privileges on a given day, there are some specific strategies you can consider to make a two-cook kitchen work.

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