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May 2017


ask This Old House

cooking with fire

Secrets to better BBQ

This Old House: The Arlington Project



ask This Old House

TOM SILVA REPLIES: Time was, all porch railings were made of wood. But these days, you can choose from lowmaintenance railing systems made of cellular PVC, cast foam, and composites, which look like painted wood if they don’t have bulky caps where the rails join the posts.
cooking with fire

Secrets to better BBQ

Rubs, sauces, relishes, and bastes are essential additions that give grilled food its character, personality, and soul

This Old House: The Arlington Project


An Arts and Crafts-style house emerges with its 1909 spirit intact, plus better-functioning new gathering spaces for today

TOH TV: The Detroit House

Ready for Prime Time

Nine months after it went up for auction, an abandoned 1939 house makes a stunning comeback


Labor of Love

A nearly 300-year-old local landmark gets an artful restoration, with a smart expansion to serve a family of seven

smart home

Knock, knock, smart lock

For the last few years, the promise of an Internet-connected door lock has been hard to resist. Now that the kinks are finally being ironed out, is it time to spring for one?

first person

My remodel from hell

It may look nice now, but getting there wasn’t pretty

kitchen and bath special

26 cool new finds

From a luxury soaker to a mini stand mixer, here are some standouts from the annual kitchen and bath show, plus a few discoveries of our own

build it

Make an end-grain cutting board

Tom Silva, with help from Kevin O’Connor, transforms a single piece of scrap pine into a handsome, useful butcher block

before + after

Well Done

To-the-ceiling cabinets, stacks of drawers, and a better appliance layout serve up modern function, with a dash of period flair

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