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September 2018

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L.A. STORY

ask This Old House

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Phoenix Rising

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L.A. STORY

An eclectic 1930s house wasn’t what these homeowners were looking for—but it ended up being just what they wanted

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ask This Old House

Q Spade bits, auger bits, and hole saws all make big holes in wood. But what uses is each type best suited for? -ADAM SZLEMBARSKI, ST. PETERSBURG, FL A When I need to drill a hole for a door latch, electrical wire, or a water pipe, I’ll use a spade bit, like the ones at left.
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Phoenix Rising

Civic-minded homeowners help resurrect a 1903 house in the heart of downtown, enlivening it with color and pattern to spare

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What's your paint personality?

Sunny yellows, soothing blues, revved-up reds...every color has an innate character. That may be why the hues we’re most at home with reflect traits of our own. Want to know more? Take our paint-color quiz to find shades that will suit

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dollars and sense

Should you pay off your mortgage?

Even in the current tax climate, homeowners may be better served by refinancing at a lower rate and investing the savings

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before + after kitchen

Keeping the charm

Original details inspire a kitchen remodel with improved function, flow, and finishes that blend seamlessly with the 1920s woodwork

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before + after | bath

One to grow on

With custom storage solutions and an upbeat but classic look, this kid’s personal space won’t get old for ages

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Reader mail

Smart and stylish The garden featured on the cover of the June magazine (“A World Away”) is truly gorgeous, but for me, another resident of drought-stricken California, the front yard was the real standout. Frenchcountry-inspired plantings that are water smart too?
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save This Old House

THE HISTORY Every Sunday after church, Anne Kilborn, her sister Sue, and their mother would join the girls’ grandmother for a leisurely lunch in this 1906 Queen Anne. “I always liked it because of the stained-glass window on the stair landing,” says Anne, who remembers being 8 or 9 at the time.

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budget redo

Mudroom area for $388

A handsome DIY bench seat flanked by storage cabinets creates a stylish drop spot for a busy family

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