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August 2012

ask this old house

upgrades

ALL ABOUT Ceramic subway tile

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READ THIS BEFORE YOU PUT IN AN OUTDOOR KITCHEN

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ask this old house

Q) My garden spigot has a broken handle and I can’t find a replacement. Do I need a whole new valve? —ABE STERNBERG, CORAL SPRINGS, FLA. A Probably not. Did you check with a plumbing-supply store? There, you should find a wide selection of replacement handles. As you can see from this collection, their center holes vary considerably in size and shape, so take the broken one with you to ensure a match.

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ALL ABOUT Ceramic subway tile

It’s been a staple of kitchen and bath design for decades. Peruse the (huge!) range of available styles, and learn which colors and patterns suit your taste

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READ THIS BEFORE YOU PUT IN AN OUTDOOR KITCHEN

Whether you covet a grill and food-prep station on wheels or a built-in BBQ island with fridge and bar seating, don’t hit the home center before reading TOH’s expert guide to creating a first-rate backyard cook spot

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weekend remodel

How to build a privacy planter

Use cedar and stock lumber to spruce up—and shield—your backyard

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Decorating your garden

Ornaments add another dimension to a landscape and give it year—round appeal Here, nine takeaway lessons from one striking decorated green space

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landscaping

Late bloomers

By August, most perennial gardens are fading away. But with a little planning, you can tailor your plantings for a strong end-of-summer show. Here’s how

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kitchen + bath special

New and notable problem-solvers

After scouring the market, TOH editors tracked down 23 household helpers for kitchen and bath, from a worth-the-splurge fridge with a hands-free water dispenser to simple fixes for under $25, like a ring that keeps hand towels off the floor. Look closely: We’re even giving some away
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21st-CENTURY CRAFTSMAN

A CAREFUL THREE-STAGE REDO-COMPLETE WITH SPACE-ENHANCING BUILT-INS-OPENED UP THIS 1918 BUNGALOW TO A NEW WAY OF LIVING

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Cover: For information, see the listing for "Before + After Kitchen.” Home Solutions (pp. 21-28) Bee aware! Thanks to Jim Fredericks, National Pest Management Association: pestworld.org. Before + After Kitchen: Designed with the kids in mind (pp. 33-36) Design and cabinets: English Country Pine & Design, Novato, CA; englishcountrypine.com.
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salvage style

Add a rustic touch with old garden gear

Vintage watering cans, shapely sprinklers, and wood-slat benches can bring color and character to outdoor spaces—and indoor ones, too

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