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This Old House

Fall 2021 - August/September/October 2021

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. For annual or monthly subscriptions (on all platforms except iOS), your subscription will automatically renew and be charged to your provided payment method at the end of the term unless you choose to cancel. You may cancel at any time during your subscription in your account settings. If your provided payment method cannot be charged, we may terminate your subscription.

Country:
United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
This Old House Ventures, LLC
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4 Issues

in this issue

2 min
one and done? not for home renovators

It’s a truism that work on an old house is never really finished. Whether renovating over time is the plan from the start or the inevitable reality as life happens, our houses need to evolve. No matter the age of our home, each life stage we enter makes its own demands on the space, and, as the years accumulate, necessitates fine-tuning and renewal. In this issue, we showcase inspiring ways homeowners are meeting these challenges on their own terms and in their own way. Consider first-time home buyers like Kaleb Wyse, for whom renovating is largely about making a space their own. When Kaleb overhauled his circa-1890 farmhouse’s kitchen, that also meant designing it to accommodate his work as a lifestyle blogger (page 13). Often, growing a family means a quest for…

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3 min
around the house

FAMILY MATTERS Like father, like daughter FOR THE SILVAS, DIT beats DIY any day. During the pandemic, Tom and his daughter, Kate, started creating—and sharing—a range of “Do It Together” projects on social media. A recent upgrade freed up Tom’s old lathe for Kate to try her hand at — and she quickly caught the woodworking bug, taking a turn at turning several times a week. But not without some needed guidance, of course. As any regular viewer of TOH knows, “my dad is the world’s best explainer,” Kate says. “He also has the most patience of anyone ever.” Tom’s take on their terrific teamwork: “We can laugh at ourselves and just have fun with it.” Fowl playtime SOME PEOPLE ARE IN IT just for the eggs. Not Mark McCullough, who’s been raising chickens…

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3 min
you did it!

Better built-in TOH Insider: Alyssa Hart, Chesterfield, NJ Spending a lot of time working from home left me wanting to refresh my dated office built-in. To contain costs, I kept the existing cabinets, built new doors, removed the scalloped valance, and updated the hardware. I also built a low cabinet with a roll-out printer shelf. The changes completely transformed the space! A chair for the ages TOH Insider: Jeff Wyatt (son Copper John, shown), Hoover, AL Years ago, my father and I watched Norm Abram build a Windsor chair on TV, and I was hooked. Th is is one of several writing-arm Windsors I’ve made “from log to chair,” with maple and pine harvested from my property and a neighbor’s. Watching your shows with my dad and building projects with him are memories I carry…

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4 min
farmhouse refresh

FALL 2021 VOL. 26 NO. 3 INSPIRING SPACES, DESIGN DETAILS, AND FINISHING TOUCHES Loving an old house—even one that’s been in your family for ages—doesn’t mean you have to live in the past. Just ask Kaleb Wyse, whose family grows corn and soybeans in Mount Pleasant, IA, on land they’ve been farming for four generations. After buying his grandparents’ house, a circa-1890 American Foursquare, more than 10 years ago, Kaleb was ready at last to tackle the kitchen renovation. His challenge: to balance restoring the room’s “farmhouse soul” with his need for a practical workspace that suits how he cooks, entertains, and blogs (the food and gardening Wyse Guide website is his brainchild). The cook space, last redone in 1982, was “dark and closed off, with limited counter space, poor flow, and no seating,”…

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1 min
get the look

1. Bridge faucet / DEVOL “This timeless design easily could have been in use a hundred years ago,” Kaleb says. “The unlacquered brass is already starting to patina, which I love.” Aged Brass Ionian Tap, $1,080; devolkitchens.com 2. Metal pendant / HUDSON VALLEY LIGHTING Brass-accented industrial lights tie the look together, and “painted metal shades are easier to clean than fabric—important in a kitchen.” Painted No. 2 Pendant, $650; hudsonvalleylighting.com 3. Workstation sink / KOHLER At 11 inches deep, this stainless-steel basin holds a party’s worth of dirty dishes. Kaleb makes good use of the cutting-board, drain-rack, colander, and wash bin inserts. Prolific Sink, $1,430; us.kohler.com 4. Barstools / McGEE & CO. Kaleb likes mixing new pieces that have clean lines with antiques to “quietly update a space.” Williamsen Counter Stool, $260; mcgeeandco.com…

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4 min
teen retreat

Teenagers want to be with their friends, and parents want to keep them close — while giving them some independence, too. Th at was the case for the mom and dad who created this getaway space for their sons, 16 and 13, and, in turn, their 10-year-old daughter. Interior designer Kelly Mittleman had already helped them renovate their house, a 1919 Craftsman outside New York City. “But the kids were monopolizing the basement entertainment room playing video games,” says the father. “When their friends were over, it got loud.” The freestanding garage had a lot of unused space, however, so back came Mittleman to see what could be done with it. “It was a land of misfit toys and old furnishings—basically a second attic,” says the designer. Her challenge: Turn it…

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