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June 2015

Great Outdoor Getaways

Ask THIS OLD HOUSE

<ALL ABOUT> Hardwood Decking

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Great Outdoor Getaways

Now’s the time to fling open those doors and start living outside. A patch of green, a porch to perch on, even a simple patio—follow along for 45 design ideas that can turn any of those spaces into an inviting open-air room

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Ask THIS OLD HOUSE

Can I propagate the hydrangeas at my mother’s house so that I can grow them around mine? -PAT KNAUER, HERNDON, VA. You sure can. In midsummer, take several 6-inch cuttings of new stems. Remove the soft green tips, the flowers, and the bottom two pairs of leaves from each cutting; snip the remaining leaves in half.
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<ALL ABOUT> Hardwood Decking

Ipe is the gold standard, but plenty of other species stack up quite nicely on looks and longevity, often at a lower price

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where the heart is

A series of sensitive remodels and energy-smart upgrades turns a couple’s modest 1931 starter house into their home for the long haul

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weekend remodel

Build a copper trellis

Transform plumbing tubing and fittings into an elegant garden accent

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THE INCREDIBLE EDIBLE LANDSCAPE

How a designer blends fruits, vegetables, and flowers to whip up a garden that’s both beautiful and bountiful

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landscaping

Guilt-free container roses

Disease-resistant varieties let you grow glorious roses in pots— without the chemicals

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before + after: kitchen

Redesigned online

Consulting by e-mail, pin board, Skype, and telephone, a long-distance designer helps a dark but otherwise great cook space lighten up

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build it or buy it

Outdoor privacy screen

Use folding wood panels to dress up your landscape and block out its less appealing aspects

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before + after: bath

Room to move

Reworking a chopped-up bath creates a spacious and sunny retreat

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