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The BS* + Beer Show: The Benefits of Bio-Based Building Materials

If you come to GBA because climate issues matter to you and as a building professional, DIYer, and/or homeowner, you know that where you can make an impact is in how we design, build, remodel, and even live in our homes, this is the The BS* + Beer Show episode for you. Our panelists are builder Jacob Racusin, author and Endeavour Centre director Chris Magwood, and architect David Arkin. After each gave an inspiring presentation, they answered questions from our live participants. Use the comment section below to keep the conversation alive.  Enjoy! [embedded content] The next show is Thursday, May 28…


How to Build a Sidewall Flare Pattern

A sidewall flare consists of a gradual wave-like roll off the sidewall that creates an aesthetically pleasing design element, and also can help move water slightly away from trim features directly below it. Where Are Sidewall Flares Located? It’s typically located at the bottom of the wall, near the foundation just above the water table trim and drip cap. On this 1879 Italianate remodel, the homeowner chose to add the flare detail higher up the wall, where the siding will transition from clapboards to shingles. To celebrate that transition, the homeowner chose to add a flare with crown molding below…


Current Obsessions: In the Garden with Piet Oudolf

Current Obsessions: In the Garden with Piet Oudolf - RemodelistaIcon - Arrow LeftIcon - Arrow RightIcon - External LinkIcon - MessageIcon - Down ChevronIcon - CloseIcon - Dropdown ArrowIcon - Location PinIcon - Zoom OutIcon - Zoom InIcon - SearchIcon - EmailIcon - FacebookflipboardIcon - InstagramIcon - PinterestIcon - TwitterIcon - Check Mark An icon we use to indicate a rightwards action. An icon we use to indicate a leftwards action. An icon we use to indicate a button link is external. The icon we use to represent an email action. Used to indicate a dropdown. Used to indicate a…


Father’s Day Gift Guide 2020

In need of a gift for someone special for Father’s Day? This Old House has you covered. We’ve rounded up our top picks for gifts this year, including a This Old House Insider membership—perfect for the ultimate This Old House fan! Shop now and make sure you check shipping preferences at checkout to ensure gift items will arrive by Father’s Day on June 21. Gift a This Old House Insider Membership Is your dad a This Old House fanatic? If so, then there’s no better gift than giving him VIP access to all things This Old House. Membership includes commercial-free…


How to Paint Your Front Door | This Old House: Live

Project details Skill 3 out of 5 Moderate Estimated Time 3 days Need a quick and simple project to boost your home’s curb appeal? A fresh coat of paint—especially high-gloss paint—can give your front door a big facelift. Steps for Painting a High-Gloss Front Door Remove the door from the hinges and remove the hardware. Sand the door down to bare wood using 80 grit sandpaper. Prime the door using an exterior grade oil-based primer. Allow the door to dry overnight before adding the next coat. Lightly sand the door using 220 grit sandpaper. Patch any imperfections in the door…


An Architect’s Narrow Townhouse in Montreal, Design Studio Included

The ask was formidable: update the Victorian-era townhouse; restore some of the period details that had been removed in an ill-conceived 1980s renovation; bring more light into the building, which had just two exposures (at the front and back); carve out a functional, client-ready office space that would feel separate from the rest of the home. And P.S., the building has a footprint of just 10 by 50 feet. Fortunately, the architect, Michael Godmer, was more than up for the challenge. It was his house, after all. Michael shares the sliver of a home—three stories tall but skinny as can…

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