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This Old House July/August 2019

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.

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reader mail

How to reach us E-mail the editors at TOH_letters@thisoldhouse.com or write to: This Old House magazine 262 Harbor Drive Stamford, CT 06902 Include your full name, address, and phone number. Published letters are edited for clarity and length. THE JOY OF HANDS-ON WORK, whether around the house or on the job site, was a recurring theme in responses to our March/April 2019 issue. In particular, the cover story about our apprentices and the related editor’s letter elicited memories and hopes for the future. On skills and values It is very encouraging that This Old House is promoting the development of skilled tradespeople, a career choice all but extinct in a culture that values technology and “college for all”—at least until the roof starts leaking or the furnace breaks down (“Stepping Up,” March/April 2019). It has become nearly impossible to…

7 min
home solutions

Tile an outdoor tabletop Liven up an outdoor space by brightening a plain tabletop with multihued glass mosaic tile. Homeowner Kate Riley, who blogs at centsationalstyle.com, built the simple table here using a base of 2×4s and a 1× top, but you could easily add tile to an existing table. One bonus of building from scratch: Kate avoided cutting tile by sizing her 18-inch-wide tabletop to fit one and a half 12-inch-square, mesh-backed sheets. A tile tabletop is a fairly easy DIY—and even better, it’s a snap to maintain. For an overview of how this project came together, turn the page. Tiled tabletop how-to Prep the surface Since this homeowner lives in Southern California, moisture isn’t a worry: She simply sanded her wood surface, then primed and painted it, using a mildew-resistant exterior…

3 min
sophisticated sanctuary

A FOOLISH CONSISTENCY IS, well, let’s just say unnecessary when it comes to the look and feel of your home. Just ask Rick and Amy Steinhauser, who appreciate how their lodge-style home suits its lakeside setting in Plymouth, MN, but, as frequent travelers, also longed for a master bath with the fine finishes and luxury amenities they have enjoyed during hotel stays. Original to the 2003 house, the existing bath “was brown, woodsy, and dark,” says Rick of the 184-square-foot space. “We wanted a complete departure, something truly spa-like.” So it was out with the rustic earth tones and in with a traditional black-and-white scheme by Minneapolis-based Edit Design Build Studio. The firm swapped a clunky corner tub for an undermount soaker finished with Carrara marble, and continued marble-look tile up…

2 min
office nook for $552

A HARDWORKING SPACE doesn’t have to be hidden away behind closed doors—as long as it’s thoughtfully designed. Take this “corner office” created by Tee Miller in the living room of her Mercer County, NJ, home. To integrate the space with the rest of the room, Tee started by clearing out the clutter on the existing shelving unit, which was full of function but too dark and clunky for her current style. She followed up by giving the storage piece a couple of fresh coats of no-primer-needed chalky matte white paint. She bought a small writing desk to tuck in between the bookshelf and the window, and an upholstered chair that could double as extra living room seating for guests. New organizers put office supplies and paperwork within arm’s reach, while pops…

1 min
from no character to classic

“WE’RE AT A LOSS as to how to update our house’s boxy exterior,” says Emily Provost, who shares this 1950 brick home in La Grange Park, IL, with her husband, Eric, and their two daughters. “Plus, it only has one bathroom—a recipe for disaster!” With future plans for an addition, they’re looking to smarten up the facade right now. “This style of house is very flat,” says Chicago architect Cinda K. Lester. “It’s just a big square.” Her proposal: Add a wide front porch as a buffer from the street, and a more functional garage connected to the back of the house to better weather the city’s churlish winters. On the house’s second story, a trio of casement windows usher in light and air. The homeowners’ take on the new look? “We…

3 min
play it again, alexa

IF YOU LOVE MUSIC in your life, you owe it to yourself to try one of the streaming services if you haven’t already. Sales of vinyl managed to grow last year and could soon exceed CD sales, but it’s a retro exception that proves the rule: The convenience of streaming any song from anywhere with an Internet connection—“Alexa, play Motown hits”—has largely killed sales worldwide of records, CDs, and even music downloads. Last year, three-quarters of the music industry’s income in the United States came from Apple Music, Spotify, and other streaming services like Amazon Music, YouTube Music, and Pandora. Even the $50 Echo Dot from Amazon, plugged in to your stereo’s line-in and connected to your home Wi-Fi, will enable you to tell your enhanced hi-fi system, “Alexa, play WQXR…