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October 2017

THE SHINGLE LIFE

ALL ABOUT Fire pits

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THE SHINGLE LIFE

An update of a classic seaside architectural style, our 2017 Idea House is built for easy living, with a flexible layout that can welcome multiple generations

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ALL ABOUT Fire pits

From lightweight metal bowls that set up anywhere to fixed masonry wells that are a gather-round feature on a patio or a patch of grass, fire pits extend the outdoor-living season in style. Here’s how to choose one for your own space

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Q I see lots of old C-clamps at flea markets and yard sales. How could I use them when working around my house? —MARK HERMAN, MIAMI A C-clamps are great because once they’re nice and tight, they don’t come loose. Clamp two to a framing square, and they can be handy stops for marking out stair stringers.
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Southern Gothic

A writer puts his creative energies—and practical building skills—to work, turning a weathered 100-year-old house in Savannah into a unique and magical retreat

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The Newton Generation NEXT House

YOU CAN GO HOME AGAIN

After more than 15 years away, homeowner Liz McQuillan Delfino is teaming up with This Old House to get the house she grew up in ready for her own family, complete with an in-law suite to welcome extended visits from the grandparents

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build it

Build a message center

Taking a cue from classic window trim, Tom Silva and Kevin O’Connor dress up a chalkboard with molding from the home center

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weekend remodel

Add a bluestone walkway

Replace a crumbling, uneven concrete walkway with handsome bluestone built on a rock-solid base

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smart home

There’s an app for that

Two great new ways to manage your home, its appliances, and its systems—from your pocket

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before + after | kitchen

New spot, new style

Switching locations with the family room, a rebuilt kitchen gets the free-flowing space and updated finishes its owners crave

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shopping

Lightbulb-moment pendants

Hanging solo, arranged in a row, or grouped to create a one-of-a-kind chandelier, these fixtures clearly put the focus on their light source

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