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May 2008

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Rooms With A View

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the Just-Big-Enough House

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the high-tech, low-fuss deck

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Rooms With A View

Extend indoor comforts outside to increase your home's living and entertaining space. Here's how

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the Just-Big-Enough House

How one TOH TV homeowner enlarged her cottage to accommodate life's changes without sacrificing its small-house charm

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the high-tech, low-fuss deck

New synthetic materials and stylish design features transform the old raised rectangle into an easy-to-care-for, good-looking getaway

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Skill Building

No matter what pattern you follow when installinga walkway or patio, you’ll have to cut some bricks. You can do it with a circular saw or grinder fitted with a masonry blade, but for a less dusty alternative, follow these easy steps to split a brick by hand.

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10 Smart Reasons to Remodel Now

For many homeowners, the downturn has a big upside. From contractors who need work to material supplies exceeding demand, here’s the TOH take on why to hit the home center today

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WHAT IT TAKES TO BUILD AN HEIRLOOM

For the folks at THOS. MOSER, it starts with select cherry trees, old-fashioned craftsmanship, and a passionate respect for the wood

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Directory

COVER Architect: Anthony Vermandois, Anthony Vermandois Architect, Sag Harbor, NY; 631-725-2177. Stone installation: Guichay Construction, East Hampton, NY; 631-329-1240; guichay.com. Pergola installation: Jesse Koncelik, Sag Harbor, NY; 631-278-5768.
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Ask This Old House

A holly tree near our house has two main trunks. Can I cut one off, or should I cut the tree down? I don’t want it to split and fall on the house. THOMAS PROHASKA, MADISON, ALA. Roger Cook replies: I have never seen a holly tree split, but your tree is much bigger than the ones I’m familiar with, so maybe you’re right to be concerned.
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Easy-Care Roses

Far from finicky, many shrub-type roses bloom all summer long with very little fuss. Here are some top choices for flower borders, hedges, and containers

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THIS OLD HOUSE FAMILY PROJECT

PROJECT> Building a Tree Swing

How to make an old-fashioned rope swing, with instructions for parents and kids

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