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13 Kitchen Tools for Anyone Who Loves a Project

13 Kitchen Tools for Anyone Who Loves a Project 1 × 1. Marcato Atlas 150 Wellness Pasta Machine 1. Marcato Atlas 150 Wellness Pasta Machine Sure, you can make fresh pasta with a rolling pin and a knife, but pasta machines streamline the process and produce more uniform results. And no other model produces better results than this, the Ferrari of the pasta machine world. It’s a pleasure to handle, sports a variety of thickness settings, and turns out perfect fettuccine and angel hair every time. Read ATK’s review. The Marcato Atlas 150 Wellness Pasta Machine is available for $69.99 on Amazon.…


15 Gift Ideas for Your Favorite DIYer

15 Gift Ideas for Your Favorite DIYer 1 × 1. Toddy Cold Brew System 1. Toddy Cold Brew System Get a coffeehouse-style coffee or tea served steaming hot or iced cold in the comfort of your home—and for much less than signature coffee drinks. Cold brew aficionados will be clamoring for this cold brew system that uses regular coffee beans to create smooth coffee concentrate with 67% less acid than coffee made with hot brew methods. It's easier on sensitive stomachs and all with no electricity required. The Toddy Cold Brew System is available for $34.95 on Amazon. 2 ×…


A 19th Century House with Multiple Additions Gets a Unifying Remodel

“The house was in great shape and well taken care of, but too contemporary for my taste,” Joan says. The couple stripped wallpaper and painted, and changed every light fixture, aiming for “a farmhouse look.” Their budget was small, so work inched forward, not all of it, Joan notes wryly, involving “fun” stuff. They replaced windows and doors, relined a chimney, put in a new furnace, shingled the roof, replaced plumbing and wiring, and put down terra-cotta-look tiles while repairing the porch, which tilted. “The 1930s work was a mess, but we didn’t uncover that until we did the kitchen,”…


Seizing an Air-Sealing Opportunity

The soffits, fascias, and gutters need to be replaced, and that opens up an air-sealing opportunity The number one thing you need to do to protect a building is control water. As the Canadian building scientist Gus Handegord said, “The three biggest problems in buildings are water, water, and water.” So, with the 1961 house I bought this year, one of the first things I discovered was the failure at the edge of the roof. The gutters weren’t working well, resulting in water getting into places it shouldn’t be and rotting out the soffit and fascia boards in multiple places…


Kitchen of the Week: A Photographer’s Light-Flooded Shaker-Scandi Carriage Studio

The first thing one learns in any introduction to photography class is that capturing images with a camera is all about light—the presence of it, the absence of it, the quality of it. Which is why when Vancouver-based photographer Gillian Stevens convinced her parents to turn a carriage house in their backyard into her own photo studio, foremost on her mind was how to get more light into the space. “There was not very much natural light. It was a practical and cozy space but not really inspiring in any way,” says Gillian of the original structure, which was once…


10 Easy Pieces: Good-Looking Space Heaters

In drafty spaces, heating reinforcements are a must. If you ask us, the trouble with space heaters is the lack of unoffensive-looking options. A last minute must-have-heat-at-desk purchase from a big box store can eventually lead to a landfill addition. So to avoid all that, we’ve researched a set of appealing space heaters designed to withstand your perceived and their planned obsolescence. Here are our picks. Above: Some of the most attractive space heaters are designed by Japanese industrial designer Naoto Fukasawa for PlusMinusZero. The compact Ceramic Fan Heater D030 has a timer button for one, three, and six hours,…

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