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November | December 2018

November | December 2018

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TOH dea House 2018

In Fine Detail

ask This Old House


ROOM TO grow

TOH dea House 2018

In Fine Detail

Take a tour of our 2018 Idea House, an updated bungalow that showcases next-level craftsmanship at every turn


ask This Old House

Q I recently slipped on the stairs of my 100-year-old home and on the way down broke three balusters. I’m fine, but where am I going to find replacement balusters that match the originals? -DAN D’ONOFRIO, WINTHROP, MA A It’s unlikely that there are ready-made balusters that match your century-old ones.

ROOM TO grow

A tucked-back addition preserves a 1920s bungalow’s historical facade, while providing plenty of gathering space for a young family


Colonial Reviver

A DIYer builds her skills—and an online following—filling her family’s 18thcentury saltbox with handmade charm

build it

Mudroom bench

In just a few hours, Tom Silva and Kevin O’Connor turn a single sheet of MDF into a piece of furniture that provides both storage and seating

smart home

Better home theater

It might be time to up your living room’s game, now that prices have dropped dramatically


Reader mail

THE OUTPOURING OF SUPPORT for This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cookhas kept our mailboxes and in-boxes full since his letter was published in the September issue. While readers also wrote in to share ideas and projects (and to check our math), your admiration and affection for Roger came through loud and clear.
before + after | bath

Going deep

Lightening up overhead—and underfoot—allows a windowless bath to be wrapped in a warm dark shade


save This Old House

THE HISTORY Long before the city of Prospect was incorporated, its industry thrived thanks to the area’s fertile land, wooded acreage, and nearby Harrods Creek. The Wolf Pen Branch Mill anchored the town, serving as a gristmill and a sawmill over its more than 100-year history.

home solution

Historical holiday decor

Step up your home’s December decorations by stealing an idea or two from Christmases past. In addition to boasting exceptional period elegance, these architecturally significant homes put on outstanding holiday displays. Christmas at the Newport Mansions Newport, RI • November 17, 2018-January 1,2019 • adult admission $30 • newportmansions.org

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