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A Shopkeeper’s 1930s Family Home in Winchester, England

One of our favorite remodeling projects from the last year or so is London art director Sandy Suffield’s Engine House: see A Romantic Rescue in the English Countryside (Available for Getaways). When we toured it last summer, Sandy mentioned that her mother and sisters are shopkeepers with their own inventive quarters. This past spring, while London was going into lockdown, Sandy went to stay with her elder sister, Victoria, and family in Winchester. And for a period there was unexpected time for cooking together, gardening, evening walks in water meadows—and photo sessions: Sandy with some help from her niece, Mercy,…


Current Obsessions: September Happenings

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The BS* + Beer Show: Deep-Energy Retrofit of an Old Timber-Frame House

This episode of the BS* + Beer show is the first in a new series of case studies. Our idea is to share whole-house projects steeped in building science-related information, and Mason Lord was the ideal guest to have out of the gate. Mason founded Hudson Valley Preservation (HVP), located in Kent, CT, nearly 30 years ago. The small design-build firm specializes in historic preservation, offering full-scope remodels and structural repairs. They work regularly on antique homes, many of which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Their most recent project, a deep-energy retrofit of a 200-plus-year-old timber…


Farmers Renters Insurance Review (2020)

Renters insurance covers damage to your personal belongings, liability claims from neighbors, medical bills for guests who are injured as a result of an accident in your home, and additional living expenses if your dwelling is temporarily unlivable. Farmers is one such provider of this type of insurance with more than 90 years of experience in the industry, low deductibles, and unique discounts. The This Old House Reviews team wants to make your search for renters insurance easy, so we put together this Farmers renters insurance review with details on the company’s coverage, pricing, customer service, and more. Pros and…


Liberty Mutual Renters Insurance Review (2020)

Liberty Mutual is one of the longest standing insurance providers in the country and has over 105 years of experience in the industry, providing customers with solid coverage and peace of mind. For as low as $5 per month, you can get liability, medical payment, loss of use, and personal property coverage from a Liberty Mutual renters insurance policy. To learn more about Liberty Mutual and decide if it’s the best renters insurance company for you, read our review comparing coverage and pricing. Pros and Cons of Liberty Mutual Consider these pros and cons before buying a renters insurance policy…


How to Build a DIY Porch Swing

Project details Skill 3 out of 5 Moderate Cost $100 (minus the outdoor cushion—which was a repurposed crib mattress) Estimated Time 6 hours Jenn Largesse Jenn Largesse starts by assembling a very basic porch swing frame using 2x4 and 2x6 lumber. To keep this project budget-friendly, she skips the expensive outdoor cushion, and instead uses a repurposed crib mattress with a waterproof shell. Once a few outdoor pillows are added, this seat is ready for lounging. Jenn Largesse Steps for building an easy, DIY porch swing: 1. Cut the Boards to Size Jenn Largesse • Using the cut list provided,…

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