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August 2016

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REALLY SMART HOMES

ask This Old House

ask This Old House

weekend remodel

Build a tree fort

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REALLY SMART HOMES

There are a lot of choices these days in the way of connected devices designed to save time and money around the house. Maybe too many. To help you sort through them all, we’ve put together a menu of 5 starter kits tailored to different types of homes and homeowners—from a family of five in a century-old clapboard gem (left) to a couple hoping to retire soon to their beach-retreat vacation home.

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ask This Old House

ask This Old House

Q I found my dad’s collection of metal washers and it got me wondering: Why call them washers when they aren’t used to clean things? -CINDY SORRELLS, MARIETTA, GA Yes, it is odd. But a disk with a hole in its center has been called a “washer” (or “whasher”) since at least 1346, though nobody knows exactly why.
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weekend remodel

Build a tree fort

Use specialty hardware designed to preserve the tree and a mix of lumber and branches to create a platform sturdy enough to support the wildest of imaginations

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They Bought the Farmhouse

And the barn along with it. Two old-house lovers resurrect a couple of 19th-century relics to create a gathering spot for family and friends

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THE SMART HOME CHEAT SHEET

Getting your household up and running with connected devices takes some doing. We’ve narrowed the list down to the most important items, from privacy concerns to networking solutions
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LUSH LIFE

An artful mix of curved terraces, vibrant flowers, and luxuriant succulents transforms a challenging backyard

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landscaping

Small evergreens, big impact

Combine dwarf conifers in pots for a fresh look—and year-round color

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before + after

Twice as nice

Doubling the size of the island and adding a banquette with two tables makes a kitchen welcoming to kids—and their teammates, too

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in every issue

directory AUGUST 2016

HOME SOLUTIONS (pp. 13—18) Checklist Thanks to Paul Quinn, head of claims customer experience, Farmers Insurance; farmers.com BEFORE + AFTER: BATH Breathing room (pp. 21-22) Paint: Blue Essence (blue wall) and Afterglow (white wall, built-ins, trim); finepaintsofeurope.com.
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shopping

Decorative shelf brackets

Inspired by Victorian-era designs, these metal supports add instant charm to open shelving

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