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Around The House • What’s happening in the world of This Old House
You did it! • Reader projects, tips, and triumphs
Past meets present • An 1880 Cape gets a 21st-century update, providing the perfect balance of antique charm and contemporary style for a growing family
CHANGING WITH THE TIMES • The street-facing facade of the 1880 house retains its classic Cape Cod appearance. But stroll around the back, and the striking new addition gradually reveals itself
Zoned for relaxation • Designated activity areas and low-maintenance finishes turn a neglected backyard into an inviting destination
GET THE LOOK • These stylish finds stand up to the elements with sleek lines, earthy textures, and easy-care finishes
Planning ahead • A thoughtful remodel creates a safe, stylish space that will allow a designer’s parents to age in place comfortably
DESIGNING A BATH TO SUIT ALL AGES • Thoughtful design choices are what make a forever home, as designers Catherine and Bryan Williamson demonstrate in this bath renovation. Here, they share some of their aging-in-place strategies
Best face forward • With an upgraded entry, revised rooflines, and a sophisticated tone-on-tone color scheme, architect Jeff Troyer smooths out the awkward angles on a Colonial Revival cottage
FINISHING TOUCHES • “Timeless accents complete the upgraded look,” says architect Jeff Troyer. Colored trim looks modern but reflects the house’s colonial-era roots; the new entry elements boost its charm.
A new outlook • With a wraparound porch and oversize windows that frame the views, an updated rear addition embraces its pastoral setting—and readies a well-loved, almost 220-year-old farmhouse for another century of family life
Brick Pavers • Durable and low maintenance with timeless good looks, these clay blocks may be a smart choice for your next hardscaping project. Here’s why
ARE BRICK PAVERS RIGHT FOR YOU? • Consider these pros and cons before heading to your local brickyard
A GUIDE TO BRICK CLASSIFICATIONS
PICK A PATTERN • Some are quick and easy to install; others are complex designs that make the bricks’ surface even stronger
THREE WAYS TO CUT BRICKS • No matter how you do it, always wear safety goggles and ear protection
Creative groundcover combos • Why settle for a one-note planting when there’s so much variety to try? Here’s how to weave a tapestry of low-growing perennials that will beautify your yard
Putting in a Pergola • This versatile open-air structure can define an outdoor room, provide light shade, and add privacy while enhancing the look of your home. Here’s what to consider when adding one
ANATOMY OF A PERGOLA • A pergola is defined by its simple, functional form, which is made up of the following parts.
TIPS FOR ADDING GREENERY
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