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May 2014

Ask THIS OLD HOUSE

Q+A

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DIY LESSONS FROM MOM

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HIDDEN BEAUTY

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Ask THIS OLD HOUSE

Q+A

65 tips, tricks, and answers to your home-improvement questions Q I’d like to plant a vegetable garden in an area with very rocky soil. Is it a hopeless dream? -NOEL MACFADYEN, MONROE, CONN. Not at all. One option is to sift out the rocks with a soil screener, like the one at left.
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DIY LESSONS FROM MOM

FORGET ALL THAT “FATHER KNOWS BEST” STUFF. SOME OF OUR MOST RESOURCEFUL READERS’ FAVORITE DO-IT-YOURSELF ADVICE—TO SAY NOTHING OF HOMEIMPROVEMENT INSPIRATION—CAME FROM THEIR MOTHERS

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HIDDEN BEAUTY

An unlivable wreck regains its sunny glory in the hands of zealous owners with a vision of its past

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weekend remodel

Build a compost bench

Use clear cedar boards to assemble a comfortable and productive focal point for your yard

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25 CREATIVE KITCHEN UPGRADES

You don’t need a soup-to-nuts remodel to spice up your kitchen. With the right ingredients—clever seating, statement lighting, color in unexpected places— you can get an updated look for not a lot of dough

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TOH TV

Perfect fit for a family

The 1870s Italianate had lots of character but no breathing room for a couple with young kids—until the TOH TV project team arrived

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19 BUDGET-FRIENDLY BATH IDEAS

In the confines of this grooming zone, a small investment can make a big splash. These fresh takes on wainscoting, tile, flooring, and more make it easy to trade up to one-of-a-kind style

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kitchen + bath special

Problem-solvers and cool finds

Inventive new products offer easy ways to upgrade the kitchen and bath. Here are 23 that caught our eye

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before + after: kitchen

From musty to must-see

A beach cottage’s rundown cook space becomes a year-round haven

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before + after: bath

Fresh start

A layout overhaul and classic fixtures deliver a dreamy master bath

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