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September 2017

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A Little More Open, a Lot More Livable

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Heirloom in the Making

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Q I’m right-handed, and I hold my tape measure in my left hand and mark with my right. But then the numbers are upside down. Why is that? It’s annoying! —BOB MESENBRINK, ARVADA, CO It’s tradition. Western cultures read from left to right, and the same thinking applied when the first retractable tape measure was invented back in 1821.
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A Little More Open, a Lot More Livable

Small adjustments inside plus a deck addition out back allow a beloved vintage house to realize its potential

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Heirloom in the Making

A hands-on couple totally transform a 179-year-old former schoolhouse, creating a cozy cottage home for their daughter

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ALL ABOUT Fiberglass Windows

Stronger than vinyl, more affordable than clad wood, they stand out for their strength, low upkeep, and good looks

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Going to POTS

EVERY GARDEN DESERVES A PIECE OF ART. MEET THE GREEN THUMBS WHO TAMED A BARREN WISCONSIN LOT, TAKING THE IDEA OF CLAY-POT PEOPLE TO NEW HEIGHTS

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Easy wall-frame wainscoting

This Old House general contractor Tom Silva helps homeowners dress up their dining room walls using stock molding from the home center

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idea house preview

A day at the beach house

Work is under way at our 2017 Idea House in Rhode Island, where traditional architectural features combine with modern building techniques to create a family home with a relaxed coastal sensibility

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brush WITH HISTORY

Color trends may come and go, but some paint palettes just seem to have staying power—perhaps because they’re rooted in the past. Interior paint schemes grounded in period architecture can look as fresh now as they did in their heyday, especially when given a bit of a twist. Consider the 10 historical color combinations showcased here

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before + after | kitchen

Rustic revival

Original features mix with modern upgrades to give a 135-year-old family home the new, larger, more open kitchen it deserves

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Colorful ceramic knobs

Revamp plain cabinet doors or dress up drawers by changing out plain pulls for hardware that puts the fun back in functional

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