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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
More space, character intact • To make basement flooding a thing of the past, a couple renovate their 1925 house to reroute stormwater, add needed square footage, and open up the layout—while preserving the home’s original charm
Fresh and functional • Streamlined traffic and workflow, plus a bold dose of cool color, brings a dreary cook space into mint condition
COLOR IN THE COOK SPACE • Incorporating a fresh new hue or two is a balancing act, says designer Sean Lewis. Here, he shares his secrets for successfully using color in the kitchen
How suite it is • A primary bath needn’t be big to feel luxurious. Consider the serene retreat here
GET THE LOOK • Distinctive forms and finishes lend just enough nuance to help a small bath look and feel unique
Second time’s the charm • Having passed on the Spanish Revival six years prior, a California couple seizes another opportunity to purchase the place, giving it the family-friendly space and flow it lacked, while staying true to its style
Strong Personalities • Homeowners eager to say something—about who they are, about how they want their home to feel—are doing so with bold shades of paint. “Strong color, whether warm or cool, elicits a powerful emotional, elemental response,” says Portland, OR, designer Stephanie Dyer. “It makes a statement.” And while deep, rich, complex shades pair well with easygoing neutrals, they’re also being used expansively, flowing from walls onto ceilings and across trim. “There’s a time and a place for restraint, but I’m fundamentally opposed to fear when it comes to using color,” says Dyer, who’s drawn to shades like saffron, burgundy, purple, and peacock blue. Up ahead: how designers think about using saturated, sophisticated shades.
Heat seekers • At the Lexington Modern project, the drilling crew gets to work as the first step in installing the geothermal heat-pump system that will heat and cool the house. We followed along for a look at what’s involved
How the HVAC system will work • Billy and Michelle’s HVAC is known as a water-to-water system—closed loops of water will travel down into the ground to absorb heat in the winter and to disperse it in the summer. A separate network of water pipes will supply the house’s radiant heat, air handlers, and domestic hot-water supply. Here’s a look at the components:
Four types of geothermal • The best layout for a geothermal system’s piping depends on the size of the property and its proximity to a body of water
Making geothermal more accessible
Reno safety for dogs • Here’s how to keep your pet happy and healthy when a remodeling crew is in the house
Ding-dong, who’s there? • Video footage can answer that question. The latest generation of doorbell cameras are better, faster, and easier to live with
Choose wired or wireless • Most manufacturers offer models that run off a home’s existing wiring and ones with a removable and rechargeable...