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September 2012

ALL ABOUT

Window seats

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WHAT IS IT?

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TRUE to FORM

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ALL ABOUT

Window seats

Turn unused space around the house into extra seating and storage with a minimum of carpentry—and get a snug, homey haven for daydreaming, reading, even napping. The experts at TOH tell you how

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WHAT IS IT?

If the counter were on wallmount cabinets, a router couldn’t reach all the way into inside corners or where the edging dead-ends at a wall. Those areas would have to be trimmed carefully by hand, using a sharp chisel. Luckily, you won’t have this problem on your island.
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TRUE to FORM

Over the years, this century-old cottage had lost its color and spark, until a period-driven redo— and many trips to the salvage yard— brought it back

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landscaping

Planning a cottage garden

Now’s the time to sketch out your plan for beautiful results next spring. Here’s how to get started

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COZY BY DESIGN

TOH’s guide to the architectural elements and interior details that give any house, big or small, cottage character

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weekend remodel

Day-to-day timeline

SATURDAY MORNING Size and install the carpet padding (Steps 1-2). SATURDAY AFTERNOON Staple down the runner (Steps 3-5). tools tape measure combination square chalk line for snapping long cutlines on the carpet padding scissors for cutting the padding and runner
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Under pressure

For tough cleaning tasks, like removing stains from concrete, or monster ones, like washing an entire house, elbow grease goes only so far. This range of pressure washers gets the job done faster—and better—than you and your brush.

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cheery charmers

Forget fuss and frills. Set aside shabby chic. The TOH take on cottage-style furnishings is clean-lined, colorful—and guaranteed to make your place feel classic, not cute

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QUESTION OF THE MONTH

Tom Silva replies: The first step is to buy a wall mount rated to hold your TV, so you’ll need to know your set’s weight and screen size. Then choose a mount type. Fixed, non-adjustable mounts hold a set tight against the wall but limit how high the TV can go.
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letter from This Old House

How a redo deadline is born

I have questions, though I don’t know if anyone can answer them. The first: Why did my brother decide to remodel his kitchen six weeks before his pregnant wife’s due date? I tried to ask my brother this when he drafted me to help, and before I could even finish the question, he yelled, “Because I’m nesting, that’s why!”

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