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One and done? Not for home renovators
Around The House • What’s happening in the world of This Old House
You did it! • Reader projects, tips, and triumphs
Farmhouse refresh • Living in his grandparents’ old house, across the road from the family farm, a lifestyle blogger is making it his own. His latest project: an updated, more functional kitchen that’s still true to the vintage home’s rural roots
GET THE LOOK • Modern function combines with farmhouse simplicity for a kitchen that is as hardworking as it is easy on the eyes
Teen retreat • Big kids want to be on their own—and parents like to know where they are. For one family, bonus garage space just steps from the house offers the perfect hangout solution
A ROOM OF THEIR OWN • Treating teens to a hangout space? Durable materials, easy-to-clean surfaces, cool decor, and common-sense measures help parents stress less when kids are holed up in there. Consider these pro tips:
all in it together • The TOH team gives a fire-damaged triple-decker in Dorchester, MA, some long-overdue updates — and its owner the safer, more comfortable home she and her family deserve
Balancing act • With a full-width front porch, a new two-story garage, and a fresh color palette, architect Jeff Troyer gives a 1953 Cape the upgraded look and function it deserves
What makes it a Cape?
FINISHING TOUCHES • “The house needs some New England charm,” says architect Jeff Troyer, who gives it a style boost with a blue-and-white color scheme, a caged entry light, detailed garage doors, and more.
Light Touch Tudor • The style may be synonymous with heavy and dark, but this 1930s Tudor Revival dispels that notion, with expanded space, a more open flow, and a brightened-up interior that enhances its vintage character
SIMPLY STRIKING • This 2021 Idea House’s barn shape may be rooted in tradition, but the clean lines, walls of windows, and dramatic sight lines are all about modern style
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EASY-ACCESS ENTRY • Aim for a no-step entrance, with a flat landing outside that’s sheltered from the weather.
Creating a forever home • Here’s how you can go about aging in place not just gracefully but gradually—without giving up the house you love
AN AGELESS BATH • Slipping in the bath is scary at any age, and the cause of many injuries. Luckily, a bath designed with safety in mind can still feel luxurious.
A COMFORTABLE COOK SPACE • An accessible kitchen is better for all—who doesn’t want essentials within easy reach, and appliances and prep space at a back-saving height?
Make daily life a little easier • Aging-friendly finishes, fixtures, and furnishings are easier than ever to find, and the best have universal appeal. The products here can work in any home, whether you’re starting a renovation or still at the planning stage.
SAFER STAIRS • If first-floor living isn’t in the cards quite yet, do yourself a favor and bump up the style and function of the existing staircase.
RESOURCES • Whether you’re looking for research, helpful...