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October 2015

Ask THIS OLD HOUSE

The Search for America’s Best Remodel 2015

ONE-ROOM Wonders

The Search for America's Best Remodel 2015

HOME At Last

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Ask THIS OLD HOUSE

Long before there were motorized routers, craftsmen who needed to cut grooves reached for a plough plane, like my maplebodied beauty here. Its two large wooden screws adjust a fence, which controls where the blade makes its cut. This tool was made in the early 1800s by Casey & Co. of Auburn, New York.
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The Search for America’s Best Remodel 2015

ONE-ROOM Wonders

Some folks put so much into perfecting a single space—design sense, DIY chops, cost-cutting savvy, meticulous attention to detail-that we decided to highlight their winning efforts, too. Out of countless reader entries in this year’s contest, here are the five most marvelous makeovers. Congrats!
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The Search for America's Best Remodel 2015

HOME At Last

What does it take to win big in our reader-remodel contest? Try moving a whole house over land—and sea—then practically rebuilding it on its new si te. Kudos to the Stone family!

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idea file

HOME SMART HOME

Meet the Johnsons—Jason, Sue, and son Jake— and see how app-controlled gadgets are making life at home easier (even for their dog, Max) while cutting energy costs. What works for them can work for you, too. Turn the page to learn how

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weekend remodel

You love this vintage touch

Taking a cue from reader remodels, we decided to retrofit a charming old bureau for a whole new purpose

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Reader' TIPS

You people never cease to amaze. Every year, we ask you to share your proudest time-saving tricks, inventive problem-solvers, and downright ingenious discoveries. And once again, you came through. On behalf of DIYers everywhere, we salute you—and can’t wait to steal these excellent ideas.
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HOME SMART HOME

HOW TO SMARTIFY YOUR HOME

Better to buy a hub or stand-alone devices? Sign up with the cable company? Get a Wi-Fi dog camera?

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landscaping

He’s a backyard hero

While deployed 7,500 miles from home, this reader designed his dream backyard on paper, then spent months building it

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This Old House TV

The things they saved

A stripped-down Queen Anne comes back to life with the help of original details, some refurbished and some found

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great adaptations

They took a page from us

Plenty of people are happy just flipping through This Old House, but these determined DIYers didn’t stop there

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