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Garden Sheds

These diminutive structures not only house the tools and supplies that nurture a landscape, they also offer gardeners a cozy workspace and a retreat in which to contemplate their handiwork


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Q A previous owner painted some of our bungalow’s fumed oak trim. Can I restore it? —RONALD STARBUCK, KANSAS CITY, KS A You can certainly strip off the paint, but staining the trim with ammonia fumes would not be practical or safe. Instead, try an iron acetate stain, another finish often used in the era when bungalows were popular.

Welcome to the Country...

...where ravaging rainstorms, deep freezes, and an eagle-eyed building inspector can turn a simple little old-house reno into an epic journey


Closet Envy

Neat and tidy shelves, bins, and boxes all in a row... If only every wardrobe were so orderly and calm. They can be! Read on for ways to carve out closet storage that tames the chaos

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How to paint a room like a pro

Just about anyone who’s handy can paint, but are the results up to snuff? Here’s how to take your painting skills to the next level

landscaping | turf grass

Winning the turf wars

Start growing a lusher, healthier, less-weedy lawn with these smart strategies


Built to Last

This Old House lends a hand on the renovation of an 1840s “single house” in Charleston, South Carolina, with the goal of preserving its unique character while creating a comfortable family home

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Towel rings

Add an element of style to any bath with an accessory that takes up minimal space while allowing you to hang a hand towel right where you need it

before + after kitchen

Beauty on a budget

A design-savvy couple update their cook space using cabinets and appliances from a big-box store, and durable vinyl tile


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THE HISTORY The Coker family arguably put the “society” in the town of Society Hill. The first Cokers came to South Carolina from Virginia in 1740, and when Caleb Coker built this Georgian house around 1832, he was well established as a prosperous businessman and farmer.

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