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April 2012

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READ THIS BEFORE YOU REMODEL YOUR LAUNDRY ROOM

landscaping

Need-to-know info for a lusher lawn

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Stretching a Small Yard

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READ THIS BEFORE YOU REMODEL YOUR LAUNDRY ROOM

The laundry room has finally come into its own as a bright and organized cleanup command center, whether in a tidy corner of the basement or a nook next to the kitchen. For help updating yours, check out our expert advice on everything from energy-wise machines and thrifty flooring options to the best labor-saving layout and how to safeguard the house from a potential flood or fire.

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landscaping

Need-to-know info for a lusher lawn

Don’t despair that spring has sprung and your turf isn’t flourishing. Follow our advice to set your grass on the right path By

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Stretching a Small Yard

A landscape designer's strategies for maximizing the beauty and utility of a modest-size lot

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delight

AFTER 70 YEARS IN THE SAME FAMILY, A STALWART LITTLE HOUSE COMES INTO ITS OWN-WITH HELP FROM ITS HANDY NEW OWNERS

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weekend remodel

Build a garden gate

Get two stout posts and some stock cedar, and you’ve got the makings of a quaint entrance to any path

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ask this old house

I found this antique at a garage sale. Its two arms spin around a spike. What was it used for? SUSAN GUERRERO, ROWAYTON, CONN. It’s a garden string line used mainly for planting vegetables in straight rows. Stick the spike in the ground at the end of a row, unspool a length of string, and tie it to a stake at the other end.

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TOH TV

Adding on above the garage

That area above your car’s resting spot? Turns out it’s the most cost-effective way to gain bedroom space. Just ask the owners of the current TOH TV project—and the team who designed and built their over-the-garage addition

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ask this old house

Super-slim trimmers

Why lug the work to your shop when you can take your router to the work? Whether you’re fluting a fence post or rounding built-in shelves, these one-handed wood detailers make a big impression, DEWALT DWP611 $149,4.1 pounds; dewalt.com An ingenious spiral groove threads the motor housing through the base in precisely controlled increments when you twist the black ring.

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in every issue

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Cover: For information, see the listing for "DIYer's Delight." Before + After Kitchen: High style on a low budget (pp. 27-29) Cabinet wood: Chechen; anchorhardwoods.com. Jatoba veneer; certainlywood.com. Island top: johnboos.com. Dishwasher and fridge: kenmore.com.
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home center project

Build a mirror-topped accent table

A newel-post pedestal, plus a ceiling medallion on the base, add decorative flair to this practical piece

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