This Old House gives you the inspiration, information and instruction you need to take on home improvement projects of all sizes and succeed. In every issue, find fresh design ideas for every room, creative DIY solutions, step-by-step projects, and tips from the pros.
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TOH’s Team of Trusted Experts
We all have a dream of home—what’s yours?
Portable power cleaner • With this cordless sprayer and a bucket of water, you can power-wash almost anything, anywhere, with less risk of damage.
Cleanup crew • Spinning brush heads, an angled number that fits into crevices, even a windowwashing kit: Hydroshot’s attachments tackle a wide range of cleaning challenges.
Plant now for produce later
Screening with special benefits
It just gets better with age
Recasting a classic
Get outdoor surfaces gleaming
Refresher course • A gathering space weighed down by dark paneling and a drop ceiling gets lightened up in a two-phase remodel
Same space, new function • With upgraded fixtures and finishes, a once-bland master bath gains storage and serenity—without the need for any additional square footage
Tucked away • A quest for privacy—and a flair for collecting—takes a California homeowner on a 14-year journey to turn a blank-slate backyard into a lush, layered getaway
For easy-care exteriors • They may cost more up front, but these low-maintenance materials save later on frequent repainting and replacement—without skimping on curb appeal
This old ask House
Norm’s TRICKS OF THE TRADE
Making a House Their Own • A young couple tackle the project of a lifetime, showing what’s possible when you’ve got DIY skills, a go-for-it attitude, and stamina to spare
Hillside Paradise • Decades in the making, this terraced garden offers 360 degrees of color, while providing layers of privacy from nearby neighbors and a lush habitat for visiting wildlife.
Inclined toward beauty • Cut into a steep hillside, homeowner Diana Magor’s house in Santa Cruz, CA, overlooks a Japanese-inspired front garden and Monterey Bay, while the back offers views of a colorful terraced flower garden. Dense plantings along the sides of the one-third-acre property provide privacy.
Plants with purpose • Some provide color and fragrance to lure pollinators, while others offer lush foliage
Fit for Generations to Come • Built in 1891, the gracious Shingle-style house had welcomed more than a century of family gatherings. Revived and improved during a nine-month renovation documented by TOH TV, it stands ready for its current owners to add their own chapter to its history
ALL ABOUT Metal Roofs • It’s hard to top the versatile looks, longevity, and peace of mind that come with a roof made of metal. Here’s what you need to know before putting one on your own home
Select a style • From smooth and seamed to deeply embossed, and in a range of colors, there’s a metal-roofing profile to suit virtually every architectural style
Material choices • Every metal has its pluses, whether it’s durability, color, or cost. Choose the one that suits your climate and your budget, and that will enhance the style of your house
WHEN GAUGE MATTERS
Get the job done right • You can expect an experienced metal-roofing installer to follow these time-tested...