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April 2015

money-savers

How the Pros Cut Costs (Not Corners)

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Ask THIS OLD HOUSE

Q+A

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money-savers

How the Pros Cut Costs (Not Corners)

38 insider tips for a better-looking, better-functioning home

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Ask THIS OLD HOUSE

Q+A

Drips hitting the downspout elbow near my bedroom window are so loud that they wake me up! What can I do? —ROGER BUTTERWICK, GILBERT, ARIZ. You could remove your downspout and install a rain chain, like the one shown here, in its place. These chains guide water to the ground, often through a series of cups that create a soothing sound as they slow the flow. This solution works best on houses with wide overhangs and slab-on-grade foundations, where splashback and drainage are less of a concern.
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Add cottage charm

DESIGNED TO DELIGHT

HOW ONE LANDSCAPE PRO TURNED HIS HARDSCRABBLE SURROUNDINGS INTO A LUSH, ROMANTIC GARDEN WITH LITTLE SURPRISES AROUND EVERY CORNER

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reader remodel

'A month of wasted labor flashed before my eyes'

The tattered 1920s house looked like a simple drywall-and-paint job—until it revealed some deep, dark secrets. But 18 months of scrapes, surprises, and delays later, this determined couple moved into their updated bungalow gem

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Add cottage charm

THE COTTAGE OUT BACK

A NEGLECTED FREESTANDING GARAGE GOES FROM STORING JUNK TO SPOILING GUESTS

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weekend remodel

Edge a garden bed with brick

Use clay pavers to form a tidy border to separate your lawn from plantings

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build it or buy it

Cubby shelf

Whether it’s handmade or ready-made, this wall-mount catchall helps keep a busy entryway neat and tidy

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TOH TV

Bridging the gap

As a young Colonial gets additional space, it also receives a face-lift that feels both contemporary and true to its roots

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before + after: kitchen

Vintage look, modern function

A contemporary kitchen gets a gut redo—and a turn-back-the-clock style that suits both a 1907 home and a 21st-century family

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before + after: bath

Bathtime oasis

A savvy mom helps perfect a spot for her kids that’s comfortable, safe, and just plain fun

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