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November | December 2015

November | December 2015

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TOP 100 BEST NEW HOME PRODUCTS 2015

IDEA HOUSE 2015

Craftsman-Style Charmer

ideas for a smarter, more stylish home

true to form

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TOP 100 BEST NEW HOME PRODUCTS 2015

You want your home to be just right. But where to start when it comes to finding ways to feather the perfect nest? Here would be a good place. Whether you’re plunging into a remodel (see Building Products, page 84) or working out the last of the decorative details (see Finishing Touches, page 86), we’ve done the legwork for you—vetting countless new offerings for every aspect of the house in seven categories.
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IDEA HOUSE 2015

Craftsman-Style Charmer

Our first built-from-the-ground-up Idea House puts a fresh spin on a classic American house style. A storybook cottage with a steeply pitched roof, it combines historical architectural details with modern amenities. An open floor plan, a flexible layout, and a wraparound porch maximize space indoors and out for a home that’s functional, adaptable, and full of appeal To take a tour, turn the page.

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ideas for a smarter, more stylish home

true to form

A 1920s farmhouse gets a much-needed makeover without losing its evolve dover-time charm

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Ask THIS OLD HOUSE

What’s the best saw for cutting down a Christmas tree? -KRISTIN HAAG, ROCKY POINT, N.Y. We like metal bow saws. They’re lightweight and make fast cuts through wet, sappy wood. Be sure to make long, smooth strokes, using as many of the blade’s teeth as you can.
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weekend remodel

How to build a kids’ bookcase

Use oak stair treads and pine boards to create right-size shelves that keep books and toys within easy reach of small hands

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reader remodel

"We spent two years on an air mattress"

Husband-and-wife remodeling newbies learn to tackle everything from roofing to foundation walls while renovating their first home, a forgotten Italianate

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COVER: See the listing for "True to Form." HOME SOLUTIONS (pp. 17-24) Budget redo: Homeowner’s blog: petitemodernlife.com. BEFORE + AFTER KITCHEN: One big, happy cook space (pp. 27-29) Architect: Rosamund Young, AIA; rosamundyoung.com.
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before + after: kitchen

One big, happy cook space

Annexing the dining room gives this mom of two teenagers an open kitchen where the whole gang can gather

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before + after: bath

Vintage revival

NOT EVERY BATH is due for a total overhaul—sometimes, all that’s needed is a few simple changes. That’s what Chuck Jepsen found in the guest bathroom of his 1887 Queen Anne, in Stamford, Connecticut, where several “updates” added over the years— like the 1950s wall-mount sink and the bright-blue paint on the castiron tub—dragged down an otherwise well-preserved space.

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home solutions

Holiday-lighting know-how

For a spectacular display that’s merry and bright—and doesn’t blow a fuse—follow these five tips from lighting pros,

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