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January | February 2019

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ALL IN THE FAMILY

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LAKE HOUSE LEGACY

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Q I have a magnetic pickup tool that I use to retrieve dropped fasteners and even metal tools. How long have such strong magnets been around? —DAVE POLLACK, BROOKLYN, NY A Magnetic pickup tools like yours, and the one at left, typically use neodymium magnets, which were first developed in 1982.
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ALL IN THE FAMILY

With a little help from relatives—and a lot of late hours—a young couple preserve and expand a tiny 1940s cottage as a home for their growing brood

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LAKE HOUSE LEGACY

One step at a time, a family home in North Carolina is reinvented for a new generation

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DIY ON A DIME

Home-improvement bloggers are ingenious problem-solvers, making up in fearlessness what they may lack in funds. Here, six of our favorite money-saving DIY projects, cleverly created to add style and function in every room of the house.

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Vintage charmer

A 19th-century farmhouse finally gets the warm, periodstyle kitchen it deserves

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COVER See the listing for "Vintage Charmer." HOME SOLUTIONS (pp. 9-14) Signs your chimney needs a checkup > Thanks to Mark Schaub, Chimney Savers, Hillsborough, NJ; 908-359-7798. Russ Dimmitt, director of education for the Chimney Safety Institute of America and the National Chimney Sweep Guild; ncsg.org. Stay cozy for less > Thanks to David Tabata, marketing manager, American Electric Power Company; aepohio.com.
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home solutions

Barn doors in miniature

Love the look of sliding barn doors, but don’t have the wall space to use them? Consider a scaled-down version for concealing less-than-lovely appliances. The ones here, built by homeowner Kristine Franklin, who blogs at thepaintedhive.net, hide her washer (she dries laundry on an old-school clothesline).

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Signs your chimney needs a checkup

Gathering around a wood-burning fireplace is an irresistible winter ritual, but a fire is still, well, a fire. Even if you stick to the recommended schedule of annual chimney inspections, issues that require a pro’s attention can crop up at any time.

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Small change, big impact

Sacrificing a linen closet allows a little bath to live larger within the same footprint

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