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May 2018

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ALL ABOUT Farmhouse sinks

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Building Memories

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ask This Old House

Q Whenever I try to shave wood with a plane, I can’t get it right. What should I be doing? —SCOTT BRAMOW, OAK CREEK, WI A It helps to start with a solid, well-made tool, like the bench plane at left, which features a heavy cast-iron body, a robust high-carbon steel blade, and a comfortable wood tote (handle).
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ALL ABOUT Farmhouse sinks

You spend more time at the kitchen sink than the stove, so why not invest in one of these capacious attention-getters? But first, take a moment to master their surprising nuances

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Building Memories

With a more open (storage-packed!) first floor, a new master suite, and dedicated space for visiting grandparents, this 1879 Italianate’s remodel was designed with family in mind

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Saving Grace

A dilapidated 1927 house regains its serene period spirit, thanks to a meticulous DIY renovation

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kitchen and bath special

26 reno-worthy finds

From a dishwasher on steroids to a smarttech toilet to a faucet that does the work for you, here are a few of our favorite things from the annual kitchen and bath show

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before + after Pretty perfect

A streamlined layout and period-style finishes clean up a dysfunctional cook space

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before + after | bath

Character boost

Shiplap walls, distressed-wood cabinets, and mixed metal finishes set a new tone for a master bath in desperate need of a warmer, less generic look

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THE HISTORY The South Fountain neighborhood was a prosperous one at the turn of the 20th century—home to politicians and captains of industry, including William Whitely, founder of the largest farm-equipment factory in the world at the time.

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Letter FROM TOH

Help for new homeowners

Remember your first night in your first house? There you were, dropping off to sleep, and something in the basement went clunk. What was that noise? Was it the furnace? Did it stop? OMG, is it supposed to stop? Jenn Largesse remembers. Jenn, who began her career as an editorial assistant at This Old House in 2007, has just launched a digital brand for new homeowners and renters.

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Reader mail

Reader mail

Stay cozy for less I have a cheaper, easier way to insulate a pulldown attic stair [Norm’s Tricks of the Trade, Jan/Feb 2018]. Before you close the trapdoor behind you, pull a water-heater blanket over the opening. I’m using the same blanket after more than 20 years, and it works great.
MARCH/APRIL2018 June2018
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