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November | December 2016

November | December 2016

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This Old House TOP 100 BEST NEW HOME PRODUCTS 2016


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Salvaged Beauty


This Old House TOP 100 BEST NEW HOME PRODUCTS 2016

For the last year, we’ve been on the lookout for the latest outstanding, innovative products being introduced to market. And now, after considering countless contenders, we’ve selected the best of the best—offerings that will delight the eye, protect your home, and help you finish your renovation projects more quickly and safely.

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Now that I’ve got a wood stove, I’d like to split firewood by hand. Any pointers? —JEFF GAUMOND, EAST HARTLAND, CT A maul works great for splitting smaller logs, but you’ll need a sledgehammer and a wedge, like the ones at left, to split the big stuff.

Salvaged Beauty

A creative couple with a flea-market habit reinvent their 1800s house with an eclectic mix of vintage finds


Stewarding the Past

As part of a unique preservation program, three siblings living in a cluster of colonial-era houses enjoy a close connection to the 18th century—and each other

weekend remodel

Build a catio

Use basic cedar lumber to create a screened-in patio space that gives cats a breath of fresh air while keeping them close to home

before + after

It takes two

A husband and wife apply DIY teamwork to their first kitchen reno, transforming a cramped cook space into the heart of the home

fix it

Restoring a butcher-block countertop

When wood counters lose their good looks, here’s how to make them beautiful again, and keep them looking that way

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Reader mail

OUR SEPTEMBER 2016 ISSUE caused quite a stir, with readers' opinions split nearly down the middle. For every missive we received saying, "Enough paint already!" we got another that was brimming with paint ideas and color questions. It's a balancing act.
before + after bath

Last but not least

The final project in a decade-long house renovation, this master bath gets a dramatic update without moving any walls


Articulating library lights

Use hardworking sconces to illuminate a reading nook, sink wall, fireplace mantel, or any other place you want to brighten in style

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