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January | February 2018

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WELL BALANCED

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Q The walls of our 1942 Tudor-style house are covered with misshapen bricks that the realtor called clinkers. Can you tell me about them? —KEVIN MACNIVEN, DENVER A All clinker bricks started as normal-looking clay rectangles, but in the extra-hot spaces of old-style periodic kilns, which fire intermittently, bricks would blister, blacken, and bloat, like the ones at left.
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No longer a chilly back room, this humble space is now a hot kitchen-zone destination. Here’s how to create one that works for you

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WELL BALANCED

The 1905 house was water damaged, structurally unsound, and weary throughout—until dogged new owners got it back on its feet

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weekend remodel

Dog door (in an) afternoon

Give your pet the freedom to come and go whenever it wishes by installing this energy-efficient kit

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Custom Fit

For Susan and Bob Fisher, who had been living a sprawling 1995 five-bedroom house on the outskirts of town while raising their two children, the two-story shingled house on a quiet street of Sag Harbor, New York, was just what they were looking for. “We wanted to be in the village, to be able to walk to restaurants, shops, and our store, to live in a different way than we had outside of town,” says Susan.

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MULTITASKING ROOMS

A dining space that serves as a library, a home office that welcomes guests, a mudroom with a work area for crafty kids: Those are just some of the hardworking spaces here and on the following pages, with design lessons that can help any room do double (or even triple) duty.

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smart home

Recharging your house

Their numbers are still small, but battery-powered home backup systems may be the wave of the future

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before + after family room

The draw-you-in room

An underused dining space gets transformed into a casual, clutter-free haven for a family of four to chill out—and keep warm—in

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Reader mail

I could kiss the TOH staffer who suggested using painter’s tape to map out the room’s layout in “Before Tackling That Kitchen” [Home Solutions, October 2017]. My husband and I finished our kitchen remodel three months ago, but when we were starting it was tough to convince him that I had a great plan for the space.
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Coat trees

This old-school furniture piece easily contains entry way chaos and keeps frequently used outerwear within arm’s reach

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